The New-Found Song of the Lyre

Tribute to Valentyn Sylvestrov

Orchestra and Choir of the National Opera of Ukraine

conductor Mykola Diadiura
soprano Kseniia Bakhritdinova
choirmaster Bogdan Plish

Valentyn Sylvestrov
Elegy and pastoral for string orchestra and piano
Cantata n. 4 for voice, strings and piano
Liturgical Chants


Silvestrov’s creative development is quite emblematic: experimentation in the ‘60s, a period of creative crisis with its need for silence and meditation, and the ensuing development of a new language that looks back into the past without becoming conservative in a sort of post-romantic microclimate reminiscent of Mahler. With a view to recomposing what had been broken. His music is imbued with silence, its beauty suspended in time with its dazzling intuitions and melodic tension. “An avant-garde Romantic”, an exquisite master of delicate sound combinations, supple transitions and well-proportioned architectonics, Silvestrov makes melody a central element: while contemporary music tended to sacrifice melody to algid complexity, the composer from Kyiv restores it as the very core of music.