Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava - Valentin Silvestrov: To Thee We Sing - Sacred Choral Works (2015)

Valentin Silvestrov - To Thee We Sing: Sacred Choral Works (2015)
Latvian Radio Choir, conducted by Sigvards Klava

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Genre: Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Ondine | # ODE1266-5 | Time: 00:59:59

Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov (b.1937) is an important contemporary voice in vocal music. In this new release, Silvestrov’s hauntingly beautiful vocal works are performed by the Latvian Radio Choir under their director Sigvards Kļava. During his artistic career, Silvestrov has explored a number of musical styles and techniques, such as avant-guard, post-modernism, neo-classicism, dodecaphony, aleatoric writing and pointillism. The fall of the Soviet Union, however, allowed Silvestrov to eventually compose spiritual works, inspired and influenced by his love of the Russian Orthodox Church music which Silvestrov imbues with his own unique sound and bursts of surprising harmonic moves. Silvestrov’s compositions are invested with the composer’s own unique personality, musical sensibility and sense of beauty.
Elisaveta Blumina - Ustvolskaya, Silvestrov & Kancheli: Works for Piano & Orchestra (2016)

Elisaveta Blumina - Ustvolskaya, Silvestrov & Kancheli: Works for Piano & Orchestra (2016)
Classical | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Artwork | 00:58:00 | 226 MB
Label: Grand Piano | Catalogue No: GP678

With two world première recordings, this programme highlights the Romantic and spiritual side of contemporary music from Russia and Eastern Europe. Galina Ustvolskaya’s early Concerto expresses a vision of beauty and suffering in a tonal language quite unlike her later works. Giya Kancheli’s Sio or ‘breeze’ is notable for its striking use of silence, as well as modal tunes, bass drones and wide dynamic extremes derived from Georgian folk music. Silvestrov’s devotional Hymn reflects his approach to music as ‘a song the world sings about itself’. Elisaveta Blumina’s acclaimed recording of Silvestrov’s solo piano works can be heard on GP639.

Valentin Silvestrov - Bagatellen und Serenaden (2007)  Music

Posted by Designol at Oct. 20, 2015
Valentin Silvestrov - Bagatellen und Serenaden (2007)

Valentin Silvestrov - Bagatellen und Serenaden (2007)
Münchener Kammerorchester, conducted by Christoph Poppen; Alexei Lubimov, piano

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Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1988, 476 6178 | Time: 01:14:54

Silvestrov wrote the pieces recorded here, scored for piano solo, string orchestra, and piano and strings, between 1996 and 2005, and they are all representative of his late, meditative, song-like style. After an early career as an experimentalist, Silvestrov embraced the radical simplicity – a style of tonal, melodic, and rhythmic transparency – that has won him many admirers in the general public, but little recognition by the academic community. It would be easy to hear his music as derivative, given the limited tonal palette to which he restricts himself; his apparently naïve and artless approach, however, has an integrity and a genuinely lyrical impulse that make it hard to dismiss.

Silvestrov: Piano Works - Elisaveta Blumina (2013)  Music

Posted by peotuvave at Oct. 9, 2013
Silvestrov: Piano Works - Elisaveta Blumina (2013)

Silvestrov: Piano Works - Elisaveta Blumina (2013)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Grand Piano | Catalog Number: 639

Piano music is central to Valentin Silvestrov’s output. With its frequent allusions to lingering recollections of the past, this programme presents an overview of various creative periods. It begins with the composer’s reworkings of youthful sketches (Naive Musik), followed by Der Bote (The Messenger) with its beautiful Mozartian theme leading into a sonatina in the style of the 18th century. After recent works from Silvestrov’s self–defined ‘Bagatelle’ period, the recording concludes with the striking Kitschmusik, which engages with the music of Schumann, Chopin and Brahms. The Two Waltzes are dedicated to Elisaveta Blumina.
Ingrid Karlen - Variations: Anton Webern, Galina Ustvolskaya, Valentin Silvestrov, Pierre Boulez (1997) {ECM New Series 1606}

Ingrid Karlen - Variations: Anton Webern, Galina Ustvolskaya, Valentin Silvestrov, Pierre Boulez (1997) {ECM New Series 1606}
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© 1997 ECM Records | ECM New Series 1606
Classical / Modern Classical / Contemporary Classical

Swiss pianist Ingrid Karlen makes her ECM debut with Variations, of which the program is as provocative as the title is vague. Beyond variations in the traditional sense, these are, rather, mise-en-abymes of abstractions. Or so they might at first aural glance seem, for within these sometimes troubling clusters of false starts breathes a unity at once organic and contrived. Anton Webern’s Variations for Piano, op. 27 (1935/36) is the primary example, for the only variations they seem to engender stem from that which cannot be notated. These pieces behave as might a solo violin sonata, jumping fluidly and bow-like through their ephemeral 12-tone links. They are the anti-motif, a stretch of childhood unable to be sifted.

Valentin Silvestrov - Leggiero, Pesante (2002)  

Posted by Designol at Dec. 21, 2015
Valentin Silvestrov - Leggiero, Pesante (2002)

Valentin Silvestrov - Leggiero, Pesante (2002)
Rosamunde Quartett; Anja Lechner, cello; Silke Avenhaus, piano; Simon Fordham, violin; Maacha Deubner, soprano

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Genre: Contemporary Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1776, 461 898-2 | Time: 01:10:30

Valentin Silvestrov is hardly a household name in the United States; however, in the Ukraine, he enjoys a similar standing to that of his Estonian counterpart Arvo Pärt. But that is where the resemblance ends. Whereas Pärt in his holy minimalism reinvents techniques that derive from Renaissance practice, Silvestrov's roots are planted in late Romanticism. His music is steeped in all of the emotion and drama that such a stylistic association would imply. Leggiero, pesante is a collection of Silvestrov's chamber music, and as an introduction to the musical world of Silvestrov, this ECM New Series release admirably fits the bill. Most impressive are the performances of the Sonata for violoncello and piano (1983) and the third Postludium by cellist Anja Lechner and pianist Silke Avenhaus. In these works, Silvestrov strives toward a synthetic union between the two instruments. Lechner and Avenhaus achieve this end spectacularly well and manage to blanket the performances in an emotional sensitivity that gives voice to Silvestrov's intentions, yet retains the personality of the performers.
Jenny Lin - Nostalghia: Piano Works by Valentin Silvestrov (2006)

Jenny Lin - Nostalghia: Piano Works by Valentin Silvestrov (2006)
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Genre: Contemporary Classical | Label: Hänssler Classic | # CD 98.229 | Time: 01:15:27

The music of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov is a unique and delicate tapestry of dramatic and emotional textures, that freely alludes to the entire history of music. "I do not write new music. My music is a response to and an echo of what already exists," Silvestrov has said. Beginning his creative career in the radical Soviet Avant-Garde, Silvestrov demonstrated an almost painful sensitivity to the intimacy that music can create between performer and listener. Silvestrov would later refute his modernist roots, saying “the most important lesson of the Avant-Garde is to be free of all conceived ideas, particularly those of the Avant-Garde” and began composing a series of works entitled “Postludium” that initiated the elegiac, poetic and highly personal relationship with silence which has come to characterize his most recent music. Haenssler Classic is proud to present pianist Jenny Lin in the World Premiere Recording of Silvestrov’s “Three Postludes”, a work composed especially for her.

Valentin Silvestrov - Requiem for Larissa (2004)  

Posted by Designol at Dec. 17, 2015
Valentin Silvestrov - Requiem for Larissa (2004)

Valentin Silvestrov - Requiem for Larissa (2004)
National Symphony Orchestra Of Ukraine, conducted by Volodymyr Sirenko
National Choir of Ukraine "Dumka", Yevhen Savchuk, choirmaster

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Genre: Contemporary Classical, Choral | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1778, 472 1122 | Time: 00:52:33

Valentin Silvestrov composed Requiem for Larissa between 1997 and 1999 as a memorial to his wife, musicologist Larissa Bondarenko, who died in 1996. It is a big and unceasingly somber work, scored for chorus and orchestra. Understandably, this Requiem is to a degree reflective, incorporating musical themes drawn from older works that had special meaning to the couple. While Silvestrov's typically glacial tempos are in evidence here, some of the opening half of the piece has an angular spikiness that recalls serial techniques without actively engaging in them. Instrumentally, Requiem for Larissa is dark, atmospheric, and even a little cinematic; the choral parts are sparse and minimally applied. In the fourth-movement Largo, the voices take over and settle down into an ethereal texture that leavens the gloom somewhat, but by this time 25-and-a-half minutes have gone by and some listeners will have already tuned out owing to the toughness of the opening section.Requiem for Larissa is an intensely personal piece performed with respect and care by the Ukrainian National Chorus and Symphony Orchestra under conductor Vladimir Sirenko.

Valentin Silvestrov - Silent Songs (2004)  Music

Posted by TmanHome at Nov. 7, 2015
Valentin Silvestrov - Silent Songs (2004)

Valentin Silvestrov - Silent Songs (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 498 mb | MP3 320 kbps CBR ~ 294 mb | Scans included | 119 min
Classical | Label: ECM Records | Rel: 2004

"Silent Songs" is a 24-song cycle dating from 1974-77, and is a grand gamble. For its entirety, almost two hours, its tempo is moderately slow, its texture open and spare, its dynamic hushed. The actual music is a sort of distilled late-Romantic tonality. The piano accompaniment is made of delicately shaped arpeggios. The harmonies are studded with appoggiaturas (downbeat dissonances that resolve) and surprising (but satisfying) substitutions for where one would expect a progression to go. Yakovenko is stunning in both his intensity and restraint, and Scheps is an ideally sensitive accompanist.
Louth Contemporary Music Society - A Place Between: Tavener, Part, Silvestrov, Knaifel, Gorecki, Cage (2009)

Louth Contemporary Music Society - A Place Between (2009)
John Tavener · Arvo Pärt · Valentin Silvestrov · Alexander Knaifel · Henryk Górecki · John Cage

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Genre: Contemporary Classic, Spiritual Minimalism | Label: Louth Contemporary Music LTD | # LCM5901 | Time: 01:04:36

World première recordings of works by John Tavener, Arvo Pärt, Valentin Silvestrov and Alexander Knaifel sit alongside pieces by Henryk Górecki and John Cage on the first recording from a new Irish label operated by noted concert promoters Louth Contemporary Music Society (LCMS). All of these very popular contemporary composers have in various ways been deeply influenced by profound spiritual, religious or cultural encounters, and the disc celebrates them in a moving, magical programme. A Place Between intersperses - to wonderful effect - beautiful works for string quartet (Silvestrov's meditative Ikon, Tavener's deeply moving Ikon of Joy/Sorrow, Pärt's reflective Da Pacem Domine) with two solo piano works (Pärt's uplifting Hymn to a Great City, and Cage’s melodic and expressive In a Landscape). Górecki's memorial for Michael Vyner, Good Night and Knaifel’s mystical O Heavenly King both feature the haunting voice of soprano Patricia Rozario. Silvestrov's 25.X.1893 lullaby is a melancholic and lyrical piece for violin and piano.