Release Date: July 8, 2016
Catalog #: NV6021
Te Deum (2005) for orchestra, choir and soloists
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronský, conductor
Janáček Opera Choir | Pavel Koranek, director
Martina Králíková, Soprano; Barbora Polášková, alto
Juraj Nociar, tenor; Jiří Pribyl, baritone
Karel Martínek, organ
Tous les matins du monde (2014)
for 16 unaccompanied voices
Prague Mixed Chamber Choir | Jiří Petrdlík, director
World premiere recordings
Te Deum recorded September 7-9, 29, 2014 at Reduta Hall
in Olomouc, Czech Republic
Organ for Te Deum recorded September 9, 2014
at St. Moritz Church in Olomouc, Czech Republic
Tous les matins du monde recorded September 10, 2014
at Martin Hall, Prague Academy of Performing
Arts in Prague, Czech Republic
ALSO ON NAVONA RECORDS
The lineage of Western concert music is one which brims with tradition and history, through teachers and pupils, listeners and performers, spanning centuries and continents alike. But one of the common threads which runs through this lineage is the urge by composers, performers, and audiences to all be part of a transcendent emotional experience through music itself.
“Music saves one note at a time,” says Kaviani. “Not by ending wars but by waging them in the name of beauty, nobility, and humanity against all that lies to, numbs, or crushes the human spirit. It saves not by eliminating hunger but by creating more appetite for enlightenment, transcendence and human civilization.”
Kaviani’s Te Deum, performed by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Janáček Opera Choir, conducted by Petr Vronský, is a secular work which uses the original Latin text of the Christian hymn of praise and presents it through the lens of modernity. The piece in many ways exemplifies the composer’s humanistic, emotionally-driven approach in an invigorating celebration of art, life, and the forces beyond our own selves.
A more recent work, Tous les matins du monde, written almost 10 years after the Te Deum, shows Kaviani as he is now, more mature, austere and more sensitive. Kaviani’s a cappella work, performed by the Prague Mixed Chamber Choir, conducted by Jirí Petrdlík, is conceived and executed in a clearly contemporary style, with shifting moments of lamentation and contemplation juxtaposed with a profound sense of transcendence. Concerning this piece Kaviani states, “Above all, this piece is about loss.”
The composer’s facility at vocal writing is on full display, deploying techniques spanning Gregorian chant to 20th-century atonal music, and presenting sections of monophony, homophony, and polyphony – and in the process delivering an experience which invites all listeners to reflect on humanity’s capabilities and aspirations, and on our presence within an indefinable and unfathomable universe.
Nicolas Kaviani has been actively composing chamber, orchestral, and choral music since the age of 13. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2000, studying under the noted composer David Cope
He then went on to earn his grade de master in composition from the prestigious Conservatoire de Musique Olivier Messiaen in Avignon, France. There Kaviani was invited multiple times to attend master classes with some of the most prominent composers in France, including Pierre Boulez
In 2006 Kaviani's String Quartet No. 4 was performed in the Festival de Musique Contemporaine in Avignon
This two-disc release includes a DVD documentary on the making-of the album
American-born composer, Nicolas Kaviani, has been actively composing chamber, orchestral and choral music since the age of 13. Mr. Kaviani received his Bachelor of Arts
in Music Composition from the University of California at Santa Cruz in the year 2000, studying under the noted composer David Cope. He then went on to earn his grade de master in composition from the prestigious Conservatoire de Musique Olivier Messiaen in Avignon, France. There Mr. Kaviani was invited multiple times to attend master classes with some of the most prominent composers in France, including on one occasion Pierre Boulez, during the summer of 2005. In 2006 Mr. Kaviani's String quartet #4 was performed in the Festival de Musique Contemporaine in Avignon.
In September of 2014, Mr. Kaviani recorded his Te Deum scored for orchestra, choir and soloists with the Moravian Philharmonic and the Janacek Opera Choir in Olomouc, Czech Republic. This project is currently in the post-production stage and is scheduled to be released by Navona Records and distributed by Naxos Records in March of 2015.
Currently Mr. Kaviani is working on a chamber tetralogy entitled Les Quatres Saisons, which explores the relationship between the four temporal seasons and the four stages of life. This cyclic series progressively descends in register and instrumentation with each season and is scheduled to be performed in the PARMA Music Festival this summer in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Nicolas Kaviani believes that it is every serious artist's duty to address and challenge the current zeitgeist. As a composer and musician he strives to underline both, the relevancy and the need for new “Art Music” in today's society, and its power to abolish boundaries between different beliefs, nations and races. It is his utmost conviction that music can offer healing, joy and enlightenment to all that are open to it. Here is his statement:
"Music saves one note at a time. Not by ending wars but by waging them in the name of beauty, nobility, and humanity against all that lies to, numbs, or crushes the human spirit. It saves not by eliminating hunger but by creating more appetite for enlightenment, transcendence and human civilization. It defends and celebrates all that is great in us, and destroys what we must shed to become whole and complete human beings. It is our right, our necessity, our duty- our creation: Music"
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