A little while ago a friend of mine in Lithuania sent me a link to a piece of music by the Georgian composer, Giya Kanchelli. This was a piece for solo cello and very atmospheric and brooding.
I had come across Kanchellis music about fifteen years ago when I was exploring some of the “outer reaches” of the classical music repertoire including the work of Valentin Silvestrov, Eduard Tubin, Peteris Vasks and Arvo Part.
The suggestion by my friend in Lithuania prompted me to explore a little more, the music of Kanchelli via YouTube. Here I came across quite a broad section of his orchestral music as well as his writing for individual instruments, particularly the piano. And then I found an absolute gem, a piece of music that knocks you back and demands that you listen to it.
So here is Khatia Buniatishvili playing “When Almonds Blossomed” and which lasts just over two minutes. She plays with such transcendental beauty and warmth that it would take someone totally lacking in emotion not to respond to this.
So just sit down for a couple of minutes and listen to the beauty of this short piece.