Valentin Silvestrov - Spectrums, Symphony No.2, etc | Wergo WER67312

Valentin Silvestrov - Spectrums, Symphony No.2, etc

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Label: Wergo

Cat No: WER67312

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 9th February 2015

Contents

Artists

Nelly Lee (soprano)
Valentin Potapov (cello)
Yuri Olijnik (baritone)
Ensemble of soloists of Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Leningrad Chamber Orchestra
Chamber Orchestra ’Perpetuum Mobile’
Kiev Chamber Orchestra

Conductor

Igor Blazhkov

Works

Silvestrov, Valentin

Cantata
Farewell, O World...!
Meditation
Spectrums
Symphony no.2

Artists

Nelly Lee (soprano)
Valentin Potapov (cello)
Yuri Olijnik (baritone)
Ensemble of soloists of Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Leningrad Chamber Orchestra
Chamber Orchestra ’Perpetuum Mobile’
Kiev Chamber Orchestra

Conductor

Igor Blazhkov

About

This CD is dedicated to early works by the Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov: “Avantgarde is an attempt to break out of an enclosed space into a more open one... In the attempt to break out of this space, the fireworks of avant-garde artists are like the outbursts of the Romantics...In my first works, I made it my goal...to achieve a lyrical atmosphere.” As early as 1967, Silvestrov – who calls himself a “lyricist and poet in music” – formulated with these words his compositional Credo, which has remained unchanged throughout the years.

The symphony for chamber orchestra 'Spectrums' was originally created as music for the film 'Kiev Frescoes' by the famous director Sergei Paradschanow – a project that was never realised, however.

According to Silvestrov, the 'Symphony No.2' for flute, percussion, piano and strings is like “a madrigal without words, through which a melodic wind blows.” To this end, the flute plays a major role, since it can always be heard through the curtain of clusters in the strings and percussion.

The composer did not interpret the title of his 'Meditation' in the postmodernist 'Eastern' sense, but in the traditional Western sense, as a synonym for a symbolically interpreted sonata form that also strives for unity.

For the 'Cantata' for soprano and chamber orchestra based on poems by Fyodor Tyutchev and Alexander Blok, Silvestrov chose two remarkable texts, visions of night landscapes which he merged into a strange nocturne.

In 'Farewell, O World …!' sopilka (Ukrainian flute with a wind cap) and bandura (Ukrainian lutelike plucked instrument) are used in addition to the string quartet – emphasising the folk-like nature of the song.

First Recordings.

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