Evgeny Irshai - Slovensky zosit (Slovak Notebook) | Pavlik Records PA01442131

Evgeny Irshai - Slovensky zosit (Slovak Notebook)


Label: Pavlik Records

Cat No: PA01442131

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 3rd January 2017



Peter Mikulas (bass)
Evgeny Irshai (piano)


Irshai, Evgeny

Slovensky zosit (Slovak Notebook)


Peter Mikulas (bass)
Evgeny Irshai (piano)


Inspired by Ivan Krasko’s poems from the cycles Nox et Solitudo and Verses, Evgeny Irshai wrote a vocal cycle for bass and piano, laconically titled Slovak Notebook. Irshai’s non-Slovak roots became critical here, probably helping him to filter the issues that most of the poet’s natives feel reluctant to contemplate due to Krasko’s image of fascinating, yet static figure on a pedestal of Slovak literature.

Irshai is not afraid to look at Krasko’s poetics from a different point of view and re-define a symbolic balance of music and word. According to Irshai, who artistically opens long-sealed depths of Krasko’s poetry, it is in these poems where the “lifelong history of life and love of Ivan Krasko” is hidden.

Irshai’s vocal cycle Slovak Notebook consists of ten songs and four piano interludes. His music tenderly corresponds with Krasko’s poetic language and with the connection of two, seemingly insurmountable counterpoints – lyrics and drama.

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