Silvestrov: Bagatellen und Serenaden / Poppen, Lubimov

Album Summary

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Bagatellen for keyboard
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Elegie, for string orchestra
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Stille Musik, für streichorchester
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Abschiedsserenade, for string orchestra
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Der Bote, for piano
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Dialogues (2) with an Epilogue
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

An album of almost otherworldly beauty, Bagatellen und Serenaden was released in celebration of the Ukrainian composer, Valentin Silvestrov's 70th birthday. Featuring five world premiere recordings, the album is divided into two halves. The first half is a remarkable capturing of Silvestrov himself at the piano, performing his modestly-titled "Bagatellen." The second half brings in the Munich Chamber Orchestra to play three recent pieces for string orchestra, and two works for piano and string orchestra. His fellow composers acknowledge Valentin Silvestrov as an artist of unique expressive power - both Alfred Schnittke and Arvo Part have described him as one of the greatest composers of our era.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
ECM marks Valentin Silvestrov's 70th birthday with a disc that assembles smaller pieces and collections written over the past decade. A disc, moreover, of two distinct halves - the first of which features the composer in his Bagatelles: 13 miniatures that do not so much succeed as 'bleed' into each other in a half-hour sequence whose spectral allusions to Romantic pianism and consistently attenuated dynamics (the damper pedal sustained throughout) go some way to defining the essence of Silvestrov's music. Even then, the dissonance on which the final piece evanesces hints at those darker ambiguities which are present in even his seemingly most unequivocal statements.

The second half focuses on music for strings, sensitively rendered by the Munich Chamber Orchestra and Christoph Poppen. If the trio of ethereal dances comprising Stille Musik and distanced elegance of the two-part Abschiedsserenade are all of a piece with what came before, Elegie evinces a more anguished expression. Pianist Alexei Lubimov makes a fastidious contribution to Der Bote - a Mozartian rondo of deceptive tranquillity - and the oblique recollections of Wagner and Schubert that inform the serene Zwei Dialoge mit Nachtwort. Recording and annotations reflect ECM's customary high standards, and the release can be recommended as an ideal résumé of one aspect - though not necessarily the lighter one - of Silvestrov's creativity.

BBC Music Magazine
After the tonal luminosity of the Bagatelles, the piercing dissonances at the opening of the Elegy exert a particularly poignant impact, as does The Messenger where the interaction between the resonances of piano and strings is extremely haunting.



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Works Details

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Bagatellen for keyboard
  • Performer: Valentin Silvestrov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Elegie, for string orchestra
  • Performer: Alexei Lubimov (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christoph Poppen
  • Ensemble: Munich Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000-2002

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Stille Musik, für streichorchester
  • Performer: Alexei Lubimov (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christoph Poppen
  • Ensemble: Munich Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Abschiedsserenade, for string orchestra
  • Performer: Alexei Lubimov (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christoph Poppen
  • Ensemble: Munich Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Der Bote, for piano
  • Performer: Alexei Lubimov (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christoph Poppen
  • Ensemble: Munich Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996-1997

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Dialogues (2) with an Epilogue
  • Performer: Alexei Lubimov (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christoph Poppen
  • Ensemble: Munich Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001-2002