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Valentine Silvestrov: Sacred Works

Audio Samples

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Liturgical Chants, for voice & chorus
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Spiritual Songs (2), for chorus
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Spiritual Chants (2), for chorus
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Psalms of David, for chorus
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Diptych, for chorus
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Alleluia, pieces (3) for chorus

Album Summary

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Liturgical Chants, for voice & chorus
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Spiritual Songs (2), for chorus
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Spiritual Chants (2), for chorus
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Psalms of David, for chorus
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Diptych, for chorus
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Alleluia, pieces (3) for chorus
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This release features the newest developments in the work of the Ukrainian master (born 1937) who has been championed by ECM New Series since 2001. This a cappella music of haunting beauty, is characterized in turns by calm introspection and serene lightness. Silvestrov's compositions for chamber choir have a uniquely immaterial and transparent sound with otherwordly shifting harmonies and free timing. These authentic performances of astounding flexibility and polish are by the Kiev Chamber Choir who have repeatedly studied the pieces with the composer and given their world premieres.

bbc.co.uk - Michael Quinn
Here is a ravishing collection of a cappella choral works by the Ukrainian Valentin Silvestrov that perfectly illustrates his own description of his music as "a response to and an echo of what already exists"...Acutely sensitive performances by the Kiev Chamber Choir under Mykola Hobdych...ring out with crystalline beauty in the softly resonant acoustic of Kiev's Cathedral of the Dormition.

Gramophone Magazine
The opening track sets the tone for the rest of the disc, a haunting setting of the opening litany of the Divine Liturgy in which the choir "shadows" the priest's petitions... The Kiev Chamber Choir under Mykola Hobdych is in its element and the recorded sound does full justice to Silvestrov's alternately ethereal and earthy sound world.

The Observer
Hypnotic and startlingly different, this music has cult potential.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Cathedral of the Dormition, Pechersk Lavra, Kiev (2006-2007).



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Works Details

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Liturgical Chants, for voice & chorus
  • Performers: Taras Mudrak (Voice); Petro Biletskij (Voice)
  • Conductor: Mykola Hobdych
  • Running Time: 38 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Spiritual Songs (2), for chorus
  • Conductor: Mykola Hobdych
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Spiritual Chants (2), for chorus
  • Conductor: Mykola Hobdych
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Psalms of David, for chorus
  • Performers: Petro Biletskij (Voice); Tetiana Havrylenko (Voice)
  • Conductor: Mykola Hobdych
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Diptych, for chorus
  • Conductor: Mykola Hobdych
  • Running Time: 10 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Alleluia, pieces (3) for chorus
  • Conductor: Mykola Hobdych
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006