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Valentin Silvestrov
Bagatellen und Serenaden

Valentin Silvestrov piano
Alexei Lubimov piano
Münchener Kammerorchester
Christoph Poppen conductor
 
Bagatellen (2005)
I - XIII/ II (var.)

Elegie for string orchestra (2002)
Dedicated to Marina Kapitza

Stille Musik for string orchestra (2002)
Dedicated to Manfred Eicher
I. Walzer des Augenblicks
II. Abendserenade
III. Augenblicke der Serenade

Abschiedsserenade for string orchestra (2003)
Dedicated to Ivan Karabits
I
II

Der Bote for strings and piano (1996)
Dedicated to Larissa Bondarenko

Zwei Dialoge mit Nachwort
for string orchestra and piano (2001/02)
Dedicated to Arvo Pärt
I. Hochzeitswalzer
II. Postludium
III. Morgenserenade

Recorded February 2006
ECM New Series 1988
 
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Documentation of orchestral music by Valentin Silvestrov in Munich gained an unexpected extra dimension with the spontaneous decision to record the Ukrainian composer playing the piano before and after the ‘official’ session. The results, captured in the early morning and late afternoon, are fascinating, offering an intimate glimpse into Silvestrov’s reflective musical language. The first half of this disc features Silvestrov alone. In the second half, Christoph Poppen directs the Munich Chamber Orchestra and Alexei Lubimov again reveals his deep affinity for Silvestrov’s oeuvre. In all, a true ‘composer portrait’, in time for Valentin Silvestrov’s 70th birthday.