A new large work for orchestra, choir, and soloists, David Chesky is able to capture the immeasurable difficulty that each of us have gone through this past year in his distinct compositional voice.
This new album by David Chesky is a sincere statement of worries the composer feels necessary to share with the world, in which all of us live and die. Its monumental form allows us to reflect on many tragic events (such as the latest disaster of COVID-19). By entering our lives, it unavoidably demands us to define our beliefs. Chesky’s music not only concerns our preferences in aesthetics, but also demands political awareness from us (while being far away from political activism).
We are confronted by phenomena we do not understand, but ultimately determine our choices - what really has, had, and still will have meaning in our lives. We have to learn separate the “important” and “unimportant” things and events. No one is obligated to go to the “barricade,” but we are simply obligated to recognize injustice in all forms and name it personally (even in silence) instead of accepting terror as something “common” and “far away from us.”
Politicians, social media, opinions, commercial accusations - all of these should be seen as instruments of “terror.” If we want to remain humans with hearts and souls, we will find ourselves in tune with David Chesky’s sounds, which speak to us and awake our empathy.
-Gidon Kremer (December 2020)