Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra, Andres Mustonen – Valentin Silvestrov: Requiem für Larissa (Live) (2022) [FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

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Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra, Andres Mustonen – Valentin Silvestrov: Requiem für Larissa (Live) (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:00:12 minutes | 585 MB | Genre: Classical
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Valentin Silvestrov is probably the best-known Ukrainian composer, and his Requiem for Larissa, now released on CD by BR-KLASSIK, was written in response to the unexpected death in 1996 of his wife, the music and literature scholar Larissa Bondarenko. She had stood by his side from the very beginning of his artistic career. It was in 1999, shortly before the turn of the millennium, that Silvestrov was finally able to complete his Requiem. He did not set a drama of the Last Judgement to music, as Mozart, Berlioz or Verdi had done before him, but rather wrote a lament – in seemingly endless, world-forlorn repetitions. The composer stepped out of the present and into the past, commenting on his life with Larissa with memories of music that had inspired her, and with profound allusions, retrospections and epilogues of the most personal nature.Silvestrov set the words of the Latin mass for the dead to music, yet he did not compose a mass in the sense of a liturgically close or ecclesiastically compatible piece of music. In his seven-movement requiem, the theological order of the Catholic requiem mass is irrevocably dissolved. As if religious gravity had been suspended, isolated words drift about freely and forlornly. The work begins and ends with “Requiem aeternam”. At the end, only the wind rushes out of the synthesiser – and, at the very end, an echo of the wind.

Valentin Silvestrov, born in Kiev in 1937, studied at the Conservatory there. In 1963 he presented his First Symphony at the composition exam but it met with rejection, as works in the style of socialist realism were expected at the time. His music, in contrast, was avant-garde. In around 1970, his style changed to a kind of “neo-romanticism”, after which his compositions became more popular. He also became known in Western Europe and especially in the USA. It is no coincidence that his name is often mentioned in the same breath as Arvo Pärt, Pēteris Vasks or Giya Kancheli. In March 2022, the Russian invasion of Ukraine forced Silvestrov to flee to Berlin with his daughter and granddaughter.

Tracklist:

01. Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra & Andres Mustonen – Silvestrov: Requiem für Larissa: I. Requiem aeternam. Largo – Allegro vivace (Live) (08:19)
02. Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra & Andres Mustonen – Silvestrov: Requiem für Larissa: II. Tuba mirum. Adagio – Moderato – Allegro – Andantino (Live) (09:22)
03. Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra & Andres Mustonen – Silvestrov: Requiem für Larissa: III. Lacrimosa dies illa. Largo – Allegro moderato (Live) (11:00)
04. Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra & Andres Mustonen – Silvestrov: Requiem für Larissa: IV. Prochai svite. Largo (Live) (06:46)
05. Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra & Andres Mustonen – Silvestrov: Requiem für Larissa: V. Agnus Dei. Andante – Moderato (Live) (12:03)
06. Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra & Andres Mustonen – Silvestrov: Requiem für Larissa: VI. Requiem aeternam. Largo (Live) (06:21)
07. Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra & Andres Mustonen – Silvestrov: Requiem für Larissa: VII. Requiem aeternam. Allegro moderato – Andantino (Live) (06:19)

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