Kancheli: "War is Senseless"
1st March 2007
Composed for the Netherlands Chamber Choir and premiered in Europe last year, Amao Omi receives its American premiere this month in New York (10 March) and Philadelphia (11 March), performed by Cantori New York and the PRISM Saxophone Quartet. Mark Shapiro conducts.
Considering that the basis of the composition consists of intonations of the lament, in all their variety from barely audible keening, whispers and sobs mounting to wails of despair Kancheli's music remains so beautiful in the moment that the large-scale, one-movement work lasting more than half an hour, flies by imperceptibly.
Roman Berchenko, Nezavisimaya GazetaThe anguish produced by conflict and its universality is a pervasive theme in Kancheli's music. In Amao Omi, he chose individual Georgian words related mostly to nature, Christianity and to the Georgian landscape for their meaning and sound quality, and juxtaposed them without syntax. Amao Omi
Georgian traditional text