Valentin Silvestrov

Internet Edition compiled by Onno van Rijen

Updated 27 February 2014


Born

30 September 1937 in Kiev.

Education

At Kiev Conservatory (from 1958-1964; composition under B. Liatoshinsky, harmony and counterpoint under L. Revutsky).

Principal Works

Six symphonies, poems for piano and orchestra, miscellaneous pieces for (chamber) orchestra, two string quartets, piano quintet, three piano sonatas, piano pieces, chamber music, vocal music (cantatas, songs, etc.).

Style

In Silvestrov's music of the 1960s diatonics and chromatics compete with atonality. Silvestrov tries to integrate all musical systems (toal, atonal, aleatoric and neoclassic). The basis for this integration is drama. His music is basically lyric. Emotional and compositiontechnical antipodes are integrated in an organic way.
Since 1970s he uses stylistic synthesis, incorporation of both avant-garde and traditional tonal and modal techniques.

Works

"Naive Musik" for piano (1954-1955)
Pieces:
1. Walzer
2. Nocturne
3. Märchen
4. Idylle
5. Nocturne
6. Prélude
7. Walzer
Duration: 26 minutes.
Revised in 1993.

CD Grand Piano GP639: Elisaveta Blumina (piano)

"Music from a Distance" for piano (1956)
Parts:
1. Nocturne
2. Walzer
3. Prélude
Duration: 9 minutes.
Two Pieces for piano (1956-1957)
Pieces:
1. Nocturne
2. Intermezzo
Duration: 13 minutes.
Revised in 2000.
Piano Sonatina (1960
Movements:
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allegro vivace
Duration: 7 minutes.
First performance in 1965 in Kiev by Jevgeny Rshanow (piano)
Revised in 1965.
Two Romances after poems by A. Blok for medium voice (1961)
Duration: 5 minutes.
First performance in Kiev by Irina Dozenko (soprano) and Valery Matjuchin (piano)
Five Pieces for piano (1961)
Pieces:
1. Prelude
2. Toccatina
3. Melodia
4. Choral
5. Unterbrochene Sonatine
Duration: 7 minutes.
First performance in 1962, Radio Baden-Baden by Maria Bergmann (piano
Piano Quintet (1961)
Duration: 21 minutes.
"Quartetto Piccolo" for string quartet (1961)
Duration: 5 minutes.
First performance: 24 September 1964 at the Berliner Festwochen by the Drolc-Quartet.

CD Etcetera 1151: Lyssenko String Quartet

Trio for flute, trumpet and celesta (1962)
Duration: 9 minutes.
First performance: 24 September 1964 at the Berliner Festwochen by Aurele Nicolet (flute), Frizz Wesenigk (trumpet) and Rolf Kuhnert (celesta).
Triade for piano (1962)
Parts:
1. Signs, seven short pieces
2. Serenade, three pieces
3. Music of silver tones, three pieces
Duration: 10 minutes.
First performance of parts 1 & 2: 5 May 1964 in Bremen by Bernhard Kontarsky (piano)
First performance of complete Triade: 11 October 1967 in Berlin by Rolf Kuhnert (piano)
Classical Sonata for piano (1963)
Movements:
1. Allegro
2. Moderato
3. Allegretto
Duration: 8 minutes.
Revised in 1974.
First performance in 1974 in Kiev by Jevgeny Rshanow (piano)
Symphony No. 1 for large symphony orchestra (1963)
Duration: 18 minutes.
Revised in 1974.
First performance: 2 October 1976 in Kiev with Fiodor Glutschenko (conductor)
Classical Overture for small symphonic orchestra (1964)
Duration: 10 minutes.
First performance in 1964 in Kiev by the Orchestra of the Opera Studio of the Kiev Conservatory, conducted by Gennadi Slupsky.
"Mysterium" for altoflute (in G) and six percussiongroups (1964)
Duration: 12 minutes.
First performance: 12 September 1965 at La Biennale di Venezia by Severino Gazzeloni (flute) and "Les Percussions de Strasbourg".
"Projections for harpsichord, vibraphone and bells (1965)

Duration: 5 minutes.
First performance in 1970 in Kiev by Galina Guba (harpsichord), Vladimir Kolokolnikov (vibraphone) and Armen Mardschanian (bells).
"Spectrums", symphony for chamber orchestra (1965)
Duration: 15 minutes.
First performance: 8 December 1965 in Leningrad by the Soloists Ensemble of the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Igor Blashkov.
"Monody" for piano and orchestra (1965)
Duration: 18 minutes.
First performance: 6 October 1967 in Berlin by the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, conducted by Jan Krenz.

CD Space/Deutsche Schallplatten Berlin 315 222 2: Ural PO, A. Boreyko (cond), I. Sokolov (piano)
CD Megadisc MDC 7837: Ural PO, A. Boreyko (cond), I. Sokolov (piano)

Symphony No. 2 for flute, percussion (three players), piano and string orchestra (1965)
Duration: 10 minutes.
First performance: 1 April 1968 in Leningrad by the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Igor Blashkov.

CD Olympia OCD 477 review: Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra, A. Rudin

Poem to the Memory of Boris Lyatoshinsky for symphony orchestra (1965)
Duration: 19 minutes.
First performance in 1976 in Kiev with Fiodor Glutschenko (conductor).
Symphony No. 3 "Eschatophony" for large symphony orchestra (1966)
Duration: 22 minutes.
First performance: 6 September 1968 in Darmstadt (Germany) by the Residentie Orchestra The Hague, conducted by Bruno Maderna.
First performance in the USSR: 2 October 1976 in Kiev with Fiodor Glutschenko (conductor).
"Elegy" for piano (1967)
Duration: 10 minutes.
First performance in 1968 in Kiev by Alexei Lubimov (piano).
Revised in 1999.

CD ECM New Series 449 936-2: I. Karlen (piano)

Hymn for strings, winds, piano, celesta, harp and bells (1967)
Duration: 10 minutes.
First performance: 15 September 1970 in Amsterdam by the Utrecht Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paul Hupperts.
"Drama" for pianotrio (1970-1971)
Parts:
1. Sonata for violin and piano
2. Sonata for cello and piano
3. Trio for violin, cello and piano
Duration: 40 minutes.
First performance in Kiev by Armen Mardschanian (violin), Maria Tschajkowskaja (cello) and Valentin Silvestrov (piano)
Piano Sonata No. 1 (1972)
Movements:
1. Moderato, con molto attenzione
2. Andantino
Duration: 18 minutes.
First performance in 1975 in Kiev by Nikolai Suk (piano)
Revised in 1999.

LP Melodiya 33 C10 11430: Nikolai Suk (piano)
CD Erato 2292-45631-2: Alexei Lubimov (piano)

"Meditation" for cello and piano (1972)

"Meditation" for cello and chamberorchestra (1972)

Duration: 31 minutes.
First performance: 10 June 1976 in Kiev By the Kiev Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Igor Blashkov and Valentin Potapov (cello).

CD Olympia OCD 477 review: Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra, N. Alexeyev (cond), A. Rudin (cello)

Music in the Old Style for piano (1973)
I. Morning Music
1. Allegro
2. Andantino rubato
3. Vivace rubato
II. Evening Music
1. Andante
2. Allegretto (B major)
3. Allegretto (G major)
4. Vivace
III. Contemplation
1. Allegretto
2. Moderato rubato
IV. Dedication
1. Andantino rubato
2. Moderato rubato
Duration: 20 minutes.
First performance in 1985 in Kiev by Valery Matjuchin (piano)
Nocturne for soprano and piano (1973)
On text of Valery Kurindky (in Ukrainian).
Revised in 1982.
Duration: 6 minutes.
Cantata after Tutshev and Blok for soprano and chamberorchestra (1973)
Duration: 12 minutes.
First performance: 12 January 1975 in Kiev by Lidia Stowbun (soprano) and the Kiev Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Igor Blashkov.

CD Megadisc MDC 7842: Dumka Chapel, E. Savchuk (cond), Kiev Kamerata, V. Baley (cond)

"Kitsch Songs", song cycle for medium voice - soprano or baritone - and piano (1973)
On Ukrainian texts.
Songs:
1. Listen (G. Kowal)
2. Feast of the Words (Valery Kurinsky)
3. O el sol ni espera, no! (To the memory of G. Lorca) (Valery Kurinsky)
4. Forgotten Days (V. Krishenko)
5. Song for Anne (V. Kurinsky)
Duration: 20 minutes.
Children's Music" No. 1 and No. 2 for piano (1973)
Children's Music No. 1 (Duration: 15 minutes):
1. Wiegenlied
2. Moderner Tanz
3. Würdigung
4. Erstaunen
5. Alte Melodie
6. Der Drache und der Vogel (Phantastische Sonatine)
7. Morgenliedchen
Children's Music No. 2 (Duration: 12 minutes):
1. Kleine Glöckchen
2. Am See
3. Des Vogels Morgenlied
4. Marsch
5. Nocturne
6. Scherzo
7. Märchen
First performance in 1974 in Kiev by Jevgeny Rshanow (piano)

LP Melodiya C10 11127 003: Evgeny Rzanov (piano)
CD BMG/Melodiya 49959: I. Plotnikova (piano)

String Quartet No. 1 (1974)
Duration: 17 minutes.
First performance in 1975 in Kiev by the Lysenko-Quartet.

LP Melodiya C10 17117-18: Lyssenko String Quartet (recording: 1980)
CD Melodiya 74321 49959 2: Lyssenko String Quartet (recording: 1980)
CD ECM New Series 1776 review: Rosamunde Quartet
CD Etcetera ETC 1151: Lyssenko String Quartet

Thirteen Estrades Songs (1973-1975)

Piano Sonata No. 2 in one movement (1975)

Duration: 17 minutes.
First performance in 1975 in Kiev by Alexei Lubimov (piano)
Revised in 1999.

CD Erato 2292-45631-2: Alexei Lubimov (piano)

Symphony No. 4 for wind instruments and strings (1976)
Duration: 28 minutes.
First performance in 1976 in Kiev by the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Juri Nikonenko.

CD Space/Deutsche Schallplatten Berlin 315 222 2: Ural PO, A. Boreyko (cond)
CD Megadisc MDC 7837: Ural PO, A. Boreyko (cond)

Silent Songs (twenty-four songs), a vocal cycle in four sections on poems by classical poets for soprano or baritone and piano (1974-1977)
On Russian texts.

I. Five Songs on texts by: Evgeni Boratynski, John Keats, Alexander Pushkin and Taras Shevtschenko
1. Poetry heals the ailing spirit (Boratynski)
2. There where storms and bad weather (Boratynski)
3. La Belle Dame sans merci (Keats, russian by B. Levik)
4. Melancholy time! Enchantment for the eyes!) (Pushkin)
5. Farewell, o world! Farewell, o Earth) (Shevtschenko)
II. Eleven Songs on texts after Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, Fiodor Tjutshev, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Sergei Jessenin
1. What is my name to you? (Pushkin)
2. I will tell you with complete directness (Mandelstam)
3. I drink to the health of Mary’s health (Pushkin)
4. Through waving mists (Pushkin)
5. A solitary sail shines white (Lermontov)
6. I met you ... (Tiutshev)
7. The isle (Shelley)
8. Indescribable blue, tender (Jessenin)
9. Autumn song (Jessenin)
10. Swamps and marshes (Jessenin)
11. Winter evening (Pushkin)
III. Three Songs after Lermontov
1. When the yellowing cornfield stirs
2. I go out alone on to the road
3. The mountain summits
IV. Five Songs on texts after Pushkin, Tiutshev, Ossip Mandelstam and Vassili Shukovski
1. Elegy (Verses composed at night, during insomnia) (Pushkin)
2. Chorale (God has taken all away from me in punishment) (Tiutshev)
3. Meditation (It is time, my friend) (Pushkin)
4. Ode (And Schubert on water) (Mandelstam) 5. Postludium (Don’t talk with sorrow about the dear companions) (Shukovski)
Duration: 110 minutes.
First performance in 1978 in Moscow by Valery Piankov (voice) and Valentin Silvestrov (piano)
And in 1978 in Leningrad by Juri Oleinik (voice) and Valentin Silvestrov (piano)
First Concert performance: 9 March 1985 in Moscow by Sergei Jakovenko (baritone) and Ilia Scheps (piano).

CD ECM New Series 9821424: Sergey Yakovenko (baritone), Ilya Scheps (piano)
CD Megadisc MDC 7840/41: Alexei Martinov (baritone), Alexei Lubimov (piano)

"Kitsch-Music", cycle of five pieces for piano (1977)
Pieces:
1. Allegro vivace
2. Moderato
3. Allegretto
4. Moderato
5. Allegro
Duration: 17 minutes.
First performance in 1978 in Kiev by Juri Smirnov (piano)

CD Grand Piano GP639: Elisaveta Blumina (piano)CD Melodiya 74321 49959 2: (two Pieces) Irina Plotnikova (piano) (recording: 1986)

Cantata after poems of T. Shevtshenko for mixed chorus a cappella (1977)
Duration: 25 minutes.
First performance in 1993 by the Dumka Capella, conducted by Evgeny Savchuk with Konstantin Klein (tenor solo)

CD Megadisc MDC 7842: Dumka Chapel, E. Savchuk (cond), Kiev Kamerata, V. Baley (cond)

"Ancient Ballad" after a poem by A. Belyi for baritone or soprano and piano (1977)
Duration: 13 minutes.
First performance in 1985 in Moscow by Anna Soboleva (soprano) and Vsevolod Sokol-Mazug (piano).
"Forest Music" after G. Aigi for soprano, French horn and piano (1977-1978)
Duration: 25 minutes.
First performance in 1978 in Kiev by Lidia Stowbun (soprano), Andrei Kirpan (horn) and Valery Matjuchin (piano).
Serenade for stringorchestra (1978)
Duration: 15 minutes.
First performance: 23 May 1983 in Kiev by the Orchestra "Perpetuum mobile", conducted by Igor Blaschkov.
Revised in 2004.

CD Olympia OCD 477 review: Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra, A. Rudin

Piano Sonata No. 3 (1979)
Movements:
1. Preludio
2. Fuga
3. Postludio
Duration: 15 minutes.
First performance in Kiev in 1974 by Valery Matjuchin (piano)
Revised in 1999.

CD Erato 2292-45631-2: Alexei Lubimov (piano)

Music to the Film "Hidden Labor (Skrytaja rabota)" (1980)
Regie: Michail Belikov; Ukraina Dovjenko Filmstudio.
Music to the Film "Rooks (Gratchi)" (1980)
Regie: Konstantin Jerschov; Ukraina Dovjenko Filmstudio.
"Simple Songs", six songs after O. Mandelstam, A. Pushkin and anonymus for middle voice and piano (1974-1981)
Songs:
1. Clouds are Passing By (anonymous)
2. "Sonate" (anonymous)
3. Autumn Song (anonymous)
4. I Have Returned on My Way) (Mandelstam)
5. Hymne (Pushkin)
6. Once lived Alexander Gertsovitch, a Jewish Musician (Mandelstam)
Duration: 25 minutes.
First performance in 1982 in Moscow by Svetlana Savenko (voice) and Valentin Silvestrov (piano).
Autumn Serenade for soprano and chamber orchestra (1980)
Soprano in second movement only.
Parts:
1. Tango
2. Song (Text: anonymous in russian)
3. Intermezzo
4. Lullaby
Duration: 14 minutes.
Revised in 2000.
First performance in 2000 in Kiev by the Chamber Orchestra "Kyjivska Kamerata", conducted by Valery Matjuchin.
Postludium No. 1 "D-S-C-H" for soprano, violin, cello and piano (1981)
Duration: 6 minutes.
First performance in 1981 in Kiev by Lidia Stowbun (soprano), A. Vinokurov (violin), Julia Panteliat (cello) and Valery Matjuchin (piano)

CD ECM New Series 1776 review: Maacha Deubner (soprano), Simon Fordham (violin), Anja Lechner (cello), Silke Avenhaus (piano)

Postludium No. 2 for violin solo (1981)
Duration: 9 minutes 30 seconds.
First performance in 1981 in Moscow by Tatiana Grindenko (violin)

CD ECM New Series 1776 review: Simon Fordham (violin)

Postludium No. 3 for cello and piano (1982)
Duration: 3 minutes 40 seconds.
First performance in 1983 in Moscow by Ivan Monighetti (cello) and Valentin Silvestrov (piano)

CD ECM New Series 1776 review: Anja Lechner (cello), Silke Avenhaus (piano)

Symphony No. 5 for large orchestra (1980-1982)
Duration: 48 minutes.
First performance: May 1985 in Kiev by the Symphony Orchestra of the Tschaikowsky Conservatory of Kiec, conducted by Roman Kofman.

LP Melodiya C10 27029 008: Kiev State Conservatory Orchestra, Roman Kofman (cond) (recording: 1986)
CD BMG-Melodiya 74321 49959 2: Kiev State Conservatory Orchestra, Roman Kofman (cond) (recording: 1986)
CD Sony Classical SK 66825 review: Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin, David Robertson (cond)
CD Space/Deutsche Schallplatten Berlin 315 223 2: Ural PO, A. Boreyko (cond)
CD Megadisc MDC 7836 review: Ural PO, A. Boreyko (cond)

Music to the Film "Recalling the White World (Poznavaja belyj svet)" (1982)
Regie: Kira Muratova; Leningrad Filmstudio Lenfilm.
"Steps", vocal cycle of eleven songs on poems by Blok, Pushkin, Tiutchev, Keats, Sollogub, Boratynski, Mandelstam and anonymous poets for soprano or baritone and piano (1982)
1. Dedication (Blok)
2. Elegy (anonymous)
3. My Soul (Sollogub)
4. The blue-grey shadows have moved (Tiutschev)
5. What are you for, days (Boratysnki)
6. Elegy (Pushkin)
7. Oh, my prophetic soul (Tiutschev)
8. Sisters? heaviness and tenderness (Mandelstam)
9. To the Dream (Keats, in russian translation)
10. Last Love (Tiutschev)
11. I have forgotten the word I wanted to say (Mandelstam)
Duration: 56 minutes.
First performance in 1984 in Kiev by Svetlana Savenko (voice) and Valery Matjuchin (piano)

CD Megadisc MDC 7836: Alexei Lubimov, Jana Ivanilova, Valentin Silvestrov

Four Songs after Osip Mandelstam for baritone and piano (1982)
1. Wimpernhaar, stechend
2. Ich weiß nicht, seit wann dies Lied
3. Für den pochenden Mut einer künftigen Zeit
4. Die hohen Eichen tränkt ein kalter Quellbach
Duration: 14 minutes.
First performance in 1986 in Moscow by Sergei Jakovenko (baritone) and Valentin Silvestrov (piano)

CD ECM New Series 9821424: Sergey Yakovenko (baritone), Valentin Silvestrov (piano)

Intermezzo for chamberorchestra (1983)
Duration: 8 minutes.
First performance in 1996 in Kiev the Chamber Orchestra "Kyjivska Kamerata", conducted by Virko Baley.
Sonata for cello and piano (1983)
Duration: 22 minutes.
First performance in 1984 in Moscow by Ivan Monighetti (cello) and Valentin Silvestrov (piano).
Revised in 2000.

CD ECM New Series 1776 review: Anja Lechner (cello), Silke Avenhaus (piano)
CD Erato 2292-45631-2: Ivan Monighetti (cello), Alexei Lubimov (piano)

"Ode to the Nightingale" after John Keats for soprano, piano and chamber orchestra (1983)
Translation into Russian by E. Witkovski.
Duration: 19 minutes.
First performance in 1985 in Moscow by Nelli Li (soprano) and the Solists Ensemble of the Bolshoi Theatre, conducted by Alexander Lazarev.

CD Megadisc MDC 7842: Dumka Chapel, E. Savchuk (cond), Kiev Kamerata, V. Baley (cond)

Music to the Film "Lift (Der Aufzug)" (1983)
Regie: Konstantin Jerschov; Ukraina Dovjenko Filmstudio.
"Postludium", symphonic poem for piano and orchestra (1984)
Duration: 20 minutes.
First performance in 1985 in Las Vegas with Virko Baley (piano and conductor)

CD ECM New Series 1790 review: Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Dennis Russell Davies (cond), Alexei Lubimov (piano)
CD Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga MK 417116: USSR Ministry of Culture SO, Baley (cond), Stutz (piano)
CD Sony Classical SK 66825 review: Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin, D. Robertson (cond), A. Lubimov (piano)
CD Space/Deutsche Schallplatten Berlin 315 222 2: Ural PO, A. Boreyko (cond), I. Sokolv (piano)
CD Megadisc MDC 7837: Ural PO, A. Boreyko (cond), I. Sokolov (piano)

"Exegi monumentum", symphony after A. Pushkin's poem for baritone (or soprano) and orchestra (1985-1987)
Duration: 24 minutes.
First performance in 1988 in Las Vegas with Virko Baley (conductor)

CD Space/Deutsche Schallplatten Berlin 315 223 2: Ural PO, A. Boreyko (cond), Sergey Jakovenko (baritone)
CD Megadisc MDC 7836 review: Ural PO, A. Boreyko (cond), Sergey Jakovenko (baritone)

String Quartet No. 2 (1988)
Duration: 25 minutes.
First performance in 1989 in Kiev by the Lysenko Quartet.

CD Etcetera 1151: Lysenko String Quartet

"Widmung (Dedication)", symphony for violin and orchestra (1990-1991)
Duration: 40 minutes.
First performance: 23 November 1993 in Berlin by Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy with Gidon Kremer (violin).

CD Teldec 4509-99206-2 review: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Roman Kofman (cond), Gidon Kremer (violin)

"Post Scriptum", sonata for violin and piano (1990)
First performance in 1991 in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) by Thomas Zehetmair (violin) and Siegfried Mauser (piano)

CD ECM New Series ECM 1959: Alexander Trostiansky (violin), Alexei Lubimov (piano)
CD Teldec 4509-99206-2 review: G. Kremer (violin), V. Sacharov (piano)

"Metamusic", symphony for piano and orchestra (1992)
Duration: 42 minutes.
First performance: 12 March 1993 in Berlin by the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin (DSO Berlin), conducted by Arturo Tamayo with Alexei Lubimov(piano)

CD ECM New Series 1790 review: Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Dennis Russell Davies (cond), Alexei Lubimov (piano)

"Musica Lontana" for piano (1956-1993)

Symphony No. 6 for large orchestra (1994-1995)

Duration: 50 minutes.
First performance: 16 August 2002 in Berlin by the Symphony Orchestra of the Tschaikowsky Music Academy of Kiev, conducted by Roman Kofman.

CD ECM New Series ECM 1935 (476 571 5): SWR Stuttgart Radio SO, Andrey Boreiko (cond)
CD MDG 337 1478-2 / SACD MDG 937 1478-6: Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Roman Kofman (cond)

"Diptychon", cantata for mixed chorus after T. Shevchenko (1995)
1. Our Father
2. Testament (Taras Shevtshenko)
Duration: 13 minutes.
First performance in 1995 in Kiev by the Dumka Capella, conducted by Evgeny Savchuk with Viktor Dribny (soloist)

CD GBR Records BCGBCD07: Latvian Radio Choir, Ensemble Cosmos, Sigvards Klava (cond)
CD Megadisc MDC 7842: Dumka Chapel, E. Savchuk (cond), Kiev Kamerata, V. Baley (cond)

"Elegy" for mixed chorus a cappella (1996)
After T. Shevchenko's Poem "The Dream".
Russian text with transliteration.
Duration: 10 minutes.
"Misterioso" for clarinettist (playing clarinet and piano) (1996)
Duration: 20 minutes.
First performance in 1996 in Kiew by Jevgeny Orkin (clarinet)

CD ECM New Series ECM 1959: Kyrill Rybakov (clarinet, piano)

"The Messenger" for piano (1997)
Duration: 8 minutes.
First performance in 1998 in Kiev by Jevgeny Gromov (piano)

CD ECM New Series 1771 review: Alexei Lubomiv (piano)
CD ECM New Series 9662: Valentin Silvestrov (piano)
CD Grand Piano GP639: Elisaveta Blumina (piano)
CD Solid Records SLR 0333: Alexei Lubomiv (piano)

"The Messenger" for strings and synthesizer or piano (1996-1997)
Duration: 8 minutes.
First performance: 1997 in Kiev by the Chamber Orchestra "Kyjivska Kamerata", conducted by Virko Baley.
"Orfeo", eternal melody, a draft for synthesizer (1997-1998)
Duration: 45 minutes.
Requiem for Larissa for mixed chorus and orchestra (1997-1999)
Choir in fourth movement only on a poem by Shevtchenko.
Duration: 45 minutes.
First performance: 27 November 2000 in Kiev by the Ukrainian National Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Sirenko and the Chorus Capella "Dumka" with Jevgeny Savtschuk (chorusmaster)

CD ECM New Series 1778 review: National Choir of Ukraine "Dumka", National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Volodymyr Sirenko (cond)

"Oral Music", cycle of four pieces for piano (1998-1999)
Pieces:
1. "Zum Geburtstag von Tatjana Frumkis"
2. "Zum Geburtstag von Tatjana Rexroth"
3. "Zum Geburtstag von Marina Nestjewa"
4. "Zum Geburtstag von Svetlana Savenko"
Duration: 21 minutes.
First performance in 2001 in Vinniza by Jevgeny Gromov (piano)
"Epitaph" for piano and stringorchestra (1999)
Duration: 8 minutes.
First performance: 1999 in Kiev by the Chamber Orchestra "Kyjivska Kamerata", conducted by Virko Baley.
Epitaph L. B. for viola or cello and piano (1999)
Duration: 8 minutes.
Elegy for cello with two tamtams, played by the cellist (1999)
Duration: 15 minutes.
First performance: 15 February 2000 in Moscow by Ivan Monighetti (cello)
Two Songs for baritone or mezzo-soprano and piano (1999-2000)
On Russian texts.
1. River of Times (G. Dershavin)
2. Morning Song (V. Silvestrov)
Duration: 6 minutes.
First performance in 2000 in Moscow by Svetlana Savenko (voice) and Juri Polubelov (piano)
Two Epitaphs for piano (2001)
No. 1: Barcarole
No. 2: Lullaby
Duration: 8 minutes 30 seconds.
"Nostalghia" for piano (2001)
Duration: 5 minutes.
Three Pieces for piano (2001)
Pieces:
1. Bagatelles (1958, revised in 2001)
2. Hymne - 2001
3. Melody
Duration: 10 minutes.

CD ECM New Series 1776 review: Valentin Silvestrov (piano)
CD ECM New Series 9662: (Bagatelles) Valentin Silvestrov (piano)

Two Pieces for piano (2001)
Pieces:
1. Benedictus ("Night")
II. Sanctus (Morning)
Duration: 4 minutes.
Elegy for string orchestra (2000-2002)
Duration: 6 minutes.
First performance: 15 September 2002 in Kiev; conductor: Kirill Karabitz.

CD ECM New Series 9662: Munich Chamber Orchestra, Christoph Poppen (cond)

Two Dialogues with Postface for Piano solo (2001-2002)
Parts:
1. Wedding Waltz (Franz Schubert - V. Silvestrov; 1826 - 2002)
2. Postlude (Richard Wagner - V. Silvestrov; 1882 - 2001)
3. Morning Serenade (V. Silvestrov; 2002)
Duration: 9 minutes.
Two Dialogues with Postface for string Orchestra and piano (2001-2002)
Parts:
1. Wedding Waltz (Franz Schubert - V. Silvestrov; 1826 - 2002)
2. Postlude (Richard Wagner - V. Silvestrov; 1882 - 2001)
3. Morning Serenade (V. Silvestrov; 2002)
Duration: 12 minutes.
First performance: 20 May 2002 in Kiev by the Chamber Orchestra "Kyjivska Kamerata", conducted by Valery Matjuchin.

CD ECM New Series 9662: Munich Chamber Orchestra, Christoph Poppen (cond), Valentin Silvestrov (piano)

Moments of Silence and Sadness for cello solo (2002)
Duration: 8 minutes 40 seconds.
Meta Waltz, symphonic poem for orchestra (2002)
Duration: 19 minutes.
First performance: September 2003 in Lvov with Vladimir Sirenko (conductor)
Five Serenades for two cellos - quasi cello solo (2002)
Parts:
1. Interrupted Serenade
2. Farewell Serenade
3. Morning Serenade
4. Evening Serenade
5. Moments of Serenade
Duration: 13 minutes.
First performance: 25 September 2003 in Lvov (Ukraine) by Ivan Monighetti and Jaroslav Migal (cello).
Three pieces for two cellos - quasi cello solo (2002)
Parts:
1. Nächtliche Hieroglyphen
2. Nachhall eines Walzers
3. Nachhall einer Sarabande
Duration: 8 minutes 40 seconds.
First performance: 10 May 2003 in Japan by David Geringas (cello).
Two Songs on poems by Khoroshilov for voice and piano (2002)
Duration: 12 minutes.,BR> First performance in 2004 in Kiev by Inna Galatenko (voice) and Roman Repka (piano)
Three Songs on poems by Gennadij Ajgi for voice and piano (2002)
Duration: 10 minutes.,BR> First performance in 2003 in Kiev by Inna Galatenko (voice) and Roman Repka (piano)
Silent Music for string Orchestra (2002)
Parts:
1. Waltz of Moment
2. Evening Serenade
3. Moments of the Serenade
Duration: 10 minutes 30 seconds.
First performance of No. 1: 18 September 2002 in Kiev by the Chamber Orchestra "Kyjivska Kamerata", conducted by Valery Matjuchin.
No. 2 and No. 3: 3 October 2003 in Kiev, conducted by Valery Matjuchin.

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Symphony No. 7 for orchestra (2002-2003)
Duration: 20 minutes.
First performance: 25 September 2004 in Kiev.
Farewell Serenade for string orchestra (2003)
I. Adagio; II. Moderato.
Duration: 6 minutes.
First performance: 3 October 2003 in Kiev by the Chamber Orchestra "Kyjivska Kamerata", conducted by Valery Matjuchin.

CD ECM New Series 9662: Munich Chamber Orchestra, Christoph Poppen (cond)

"Memories of Childhood" for piano (2003)
Parts:
1. Waltz
2. Serenade
Duartion: 7 minutes.
Two Pieces for piano (2003)
Pieces:
1. Chopin Moments
2. Spring Moments
Duration: 9 minutes.
Three Pieces for piano (2003)
Pieces:
1. Mozart Moments I
2. Mozart Moments II
3. Autumn Moments
Duration: 10 minutes.
Three Waltzes for piano (2003)
waltzes:
1. Waltz of the Moment
2. Fleeting Waltz
3. Moon Waltz
Duration: 10 minutes.
Two Songs on poems by Vladimir Aleinikov for voice and piano (2003)
Duration: 6 minutes.
First performance in 2003 in Kiev by Inna Galatenko (voice) and Roman Repka (piano)
Three Songs for voice and piano (2002)
1. The Song of Destiny (A. Blok)
2. Prelude to the Future (V. Majakovsky)
3. The Final Tune of a Wayfarer (Jaroslav Ivaschkewitsch)
Duration: 12 minutes.
First performance in 2003 in Kiev by Inna Galatenko (voice) and Roman Repka (piano)
"Moments of Poetry and Music" for soprano or baritone, piano and string orchestra (2003)
Parts:
I. Poem by P. Celan (Russian translation by Mark Belorusets)
II. Melodie – Post scriptum – post scriptum for string orchestra
Duration: 6 minutes 30 seconds.
First performance: 3 October 2003 in Kiev by the Chamber Orchestra "Kyjivska Kamerata", conducted by Valery Matjuchin with Inna Galatenko (soprano) and Roman Repka (piano)
"Moments", cycle of three pieces for piano (2003)
Pieces:
1. Morgenwalzer
2. Postludium
3. Intermezzo
Duration: 12 minutes 30 seconds
"Moments of Memory", Part I, a cycle of three pieces for piano (2003)
Pieces:
1. Intermezzo
2. Serenade
3. Pastorale
Duration: 12 minutes 25 seconds
"Moments of Memory", Part III for piano and string orchestra (2003)
Movements:
1. Serenade der Kindheit (Serenade of Childhood) (1954 - 2003)
2. Elegie
3. Abschiedswalzer
4. Postludium
5. Herbstserenade
Duration: 12 minutes.
First performance of No. 1: March 2004 in Kiev by the Chamber Orchestra "Kyjivska Kamerata", conducted by Valery Matjuchin.
Waltz of the Alpine bells for cello solo (2003)
Duration: 4 minutes.
"Christmas Music", cycle of three pieces for piano (2003-2004)\
Pieces;
1. 31. Dezember … Nacht
2. 1. Januar … Nacht
3. 7. Januar … Nacht
Duration: 11 minutes.
Diptychon for soprano and piano (2004)
Parts:
1. Poem by Fjodor Tjutschev ("Tränen der Menschen") 2. Postludium
Duration: 6 minutes.
Lacrimosa for viola (or cello) solo (2004)
Duration: 3 minutes.
"Moments of Memory", Part II for piano (2004)
Pieces:
1. Elegie
2. Intermezzo
3. Serenade
Duration: 9 minutes.
Three Waltzes for piano (2004)
waltzes:
1. Christmas Waltz
2. Waltz of Remembrance
3. Moments of the Viennese Waltz
Duration: 14 minutes.
Three Pastorales" for piano (2004)
Duration: 4 minutes.
Two Pieces for piano (2004)
Pieces:
1. Mazurka
2. Pastorale
Duration: 3 minutes 30 seconds.
"Spring Serenades", cycle of six pieces for piano (2004)
Duration: 12 minutes.
"Music in the Winter Night" for piano and string orchestra (2004)
Movements:
1. Tango
2. Serenade "Wild Strawberries"
Duration: 10 minutes.
Three Dedications for piano (2004)
1. 27. Januar 1756 ... zum Geburtstag von W. A. Mozart
2. 31. Januar 1797 ... zum Geburtstag von F. P. Schubert
3. 22. Februar 1810 ... zum Geburtstag von F. F. Ch.
Duration: 12 minutes.
Third of February 1857 – In memory of M. I. G., cycle of three pieces for piano (2004)
1. Sarabande
2. Waltz
3. Serenade
Duration: 12 minutes.
21 March 1685 - to the Birthday of J. S. B., two pieces for two cellos (2004)
Duration: 7 minutes.
Twentieth May 1804 – the birthday of M. I. G., cycle of three pieces for piano (2004)
Preludium
2. Serenade
3. Postludium
Duration: 6 minutes.
28 July 1750 - in memory of J. S. B. for solo cello (2004)
Duration: 5 minutes 20 seconds.
25 October 1893 - In memory of P. I. Tchaikovsky for two cellos, quasi cello solo (2004)
Duration: 13 minutes.
Parts:
1. Prelude
2. Lullaby
3. Serenade
Nineteenth of November 1828 – In memory of F. P. Sch., cycle of four pieces for piano (2004)
1. I. Preludium
2. Moment musical
3. Wiegenlied
4. Abschiedslied
Duration: 13 minutes.

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Songs for Vespers (2006)
1. Come, Let Us Worship
2. World Of Peace
3. Holy God
4. O Virgin Mother Of God
5. Today You Release (Your Servant)
6. Many Years (Vivat)
7. Silent Night

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Three Spiritual Songs (2006)
21. Cherubic Hymn
1. Many Years (Vivat)
2. Alleluia

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Psalms And Prayers (2007)
1. Praise God All Ye Nations
2. Lord, My Heart Swells Not With Pride
3. Lord Jesus Christ
4. Blessed Is He
5. O King Of Heaven
6. With The Saints Grant Eternal Peace
7. Our Father

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Two Spiritual Songs (2007)
1. Cherubic Hymn
2. Many Years (Vivat)

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Two Psalms of David (2007)
1. To You, O Lord, I Call
2. The Lord Is My Shepherd

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Symphony No. 8 (2007)

Two Spiritual Refrains (2008)

1. Do Not Forsake Me
2. Alleluia

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Two Waltzes for piano opus 153 (2009)
Duration: 4 minutes.

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Two Bagatelles for piano opus 173 (2011)
Duration: 3 minutes.

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Other Works

Music to the Film "Kiev Frescoes (Kievskije Freski)"
Regie: Sergej Parajanov; Ukraina Dovjenko Filmstudio.
The film was never completed as further filming was prohibited. The score exists as a symphony for chamber orchestra entitled “Spectrums”.

Thanks to Alexander Shchetynsky from Kharkiv, Ukraine, Peter Lundin from Sweden and Kees de Leeuw from The Netherlands for additional information


The works of Valentin Silvestrov are published by Belaieff Publishers, who are administered by Edition Peters

Thanks to Thomas Floegel for addtitional information.

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