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All the works presented here are characterized by a beatitudinal expressivity and profound introspection. The disc opens with a collection of seven ‘Songs for Vespers’ (2006). The musical language appears at once entirely familiar and utterly strange. One hears the influence of Russian Orthodox churchmusic, certainly, as well as echoes of Rachmaninov’s sacred music; but just below the surface you hear all sorts of surprising allusions (there is more than one nod to Mahler’s Smphony No.2). Just as in Silvestrov’s ‘Silent Songs’ (1974-77), given the hushed delivery and extreme intimacy of the music, its cumulative power is quite astonishing.
Peter Quinn, International Record Review

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