Georgian composer Sulkhan Tsintsadze produced an enormous amount of pieces throughout his career, but what immediately catapulted him to fame in his country was his very first work, Minatures for string quartet. Tonight, we hear an arrangement of this piece for violin and chamber orchestra, enhancing what is already a passionate, high-octane homage to Georgian folklore. Always fond of integrating folk music in his compositions, a variety of love songs to peasant mountain dances can be found in much of his work. Also tonight, music of Astor Piazzolla and Meredith Monk.
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