Voices from the East: Boris Lyatoshynsky | Chandos CHSA5233

Voices from the East: Boris Lyatoshynsky


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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA5233

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 4th January 2019



Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


Kirill Karabits


Lyatoshynsky, Boris

Grazhyna: symphonic ballad
Symphony no.3 in B minor, op.50


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


Kirill Karabits


With their second album on Chandos, the highly lauded team of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor, Kirill Karabits, presents another volume in their surround-sound series ‘Voices from the East’. This is music very close to the heart of the native Ukrainian Karabits: Boris Lyatoshynsky taught orchestration to his father, Ivan Karabits.

Having absorbed the music of the Russian tradition and late-nineteenth-century Western European romanticism, Lyatoshynsky shaped his personal voice under the influence of twentieth-century modernist movements such as expressionism, as well as Ukrainian folk music, becoming a self-professed national composer. The premiere of Symphony No.3 could not be given until Lyatoshynsky had rewritten the finale to accord with Communist Party requirements, the original movement having met with objections from the Soviet authorities. On this recording the symphony is heard as originally conceived. The symphonic ballad Grazhyna was written to mark the centenary of the death of Poland’s greatest poet, Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855). Both works are played by the BSO under a conductor whose musical decisions have the authority of one who directly embodies the legacy of the composer.


The Third Symphony, written in 1951, bears a subtitle, Peace Shall Defeat War, and is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the October Revolution. The music is in consequence frequently bellicose in character but Lyatoshynsky has a very personal lyrical vein ... The players of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra react to it with vigour and dedication, and their performances benefit from outstanding engineering. More Lyatoshynsky, please!  Ivan Moody
Gramophone January 2019
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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