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The New-Found Song of the Lyre

Tribute to Valentyn Sylvestrov

Orchestra and Choir of the National Opera of Ukraine

conductor Mykola Diadiura
soprano Kseniya Bakhritdinova-Kravchuk
piano Anastasiya Titovych
choirmaster Bogdan Plish

Valentyn Sylvestrov
Elegy and pastoral for piano and string orchestra
Cantata n. 4 for soprano, piano and string orchestra
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.

1st Part 30’ – Intermission 20’ – 2nd Part 40’
Total 1h 30’

The programme