Viktor Kosenko (1896-1938)
Dreams and Impromptu, Op.4 (1919)
1. Dreams 4:14
2. Impromptu 4:23
Myroslav Skoryk (b.1938)
Hutsulian Triptych (1964-1965)
3. Allegretto 4:36
4. Dance 4:02
Ivan Karabits (1945-2002)
5. Muzýka - Musician (1974) 7:59
for solo violin
Borys Lyatoshynsky (1895-1968)
Sonata, Op.19 (1926)
6. Allegro impetuoso 8:26
7. Tempo precedente 6:07
8. Allegro molto risoluto 5:41
Oleksandr Shchetynsky (b.1960)
9.An Episode in the Life of a Poet (2014) 8:42
Valentyn Silvestrov (b.1937)
‘Post Scriptum’ Sonata (1990)
10. Largo-Allegro 10:28
11. Andantino 3:57
12. Allegro vivace con moto 3:30
Yevhen Stankovych (b.1942)
13. Angel's Touch 10:20
Bohdan Kryvopust (b.1975)
14. Capriccio (2014) 8:35
Ukraine - Journey to Freedom
A century of classical music for violin and piano
Romanticism, Expressionism, the New Folklorism and Postmodernism in Ukranian violin and piano music performed by Solomiya Ivakhiv and Angelina Gadeliya in their debut recording.
Until Ukraine’s independence in 1991, the result of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, many of the composers on this CD were presented in Europe, Asia and the Americas as Russians. This has now ended. The recent tragic events in Ukraine have further cemented Ukraine as a historical nation still defending its integrity and survival. Journey to Freedom is a reflection of this struggle and the first compendium of works for violin and piano on CD written exclusively by Ukrainian composers over the course of a century. The program features violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv and pianist Angelina Gadeliya in stunning performances full of passion and commitment.
The music on this CD represents many of the styles and currents that dominated in the years 1919 to 2014: from Kosenko’s unabashed late romanticism and Lyatoshynsky’s expressionistic masterpiece – his Violin Sonata, Op. 19 – to the 1960’s neo-folklorism of Myroslav Skoryk; Yevhen Stankovych’s romantic blending of lyric expressionism and ethnographic sources; the cool neoclassicism of Ivan Karabits; and the expressive structuralism of Alexander Shchetynsky’s current music. The program includes the Post scriptum sonata (in the composer’s words “a post script to Mozart, and more generally, to classicism”) by Ukraine’s most celebrated composer Valentyn Silvestrov described by Arvo Pärt as “one of the greatest composers of our time.”
The dynamic Ivakhiv-Gadeliya Duo has performed in venues and festivals across the US to high critical acclaim, including the MATI Series at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City, the Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, and Merkin Concert Hall in NYC. Comprised of violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv and pianist Angelina Gadeliya, the duo has been hailed for its “contemplative and sophisticated” playing. Collaborations have included artists such as members of the Emerson Quartet, members of the New York Philharmonic, pianist Gilbert Kalish, and violinists Ani Kavafian and Pamela Frank.
- Borys Lyatoshynsky's extraordinary Sonata for violin and piano, Op. 19 — an original masterpiece that helps to define the achievements of the first half of the 20th century and was instrumental in initiating the modernist tradition in Ukraine.
- A stunning rendition of “Post scriptum” sonata byValentyn Silvestrov, Ukraine’s most celebrated composer, who has continued to astonish listeners with the beauty of his inventions in a highly individuated post-modern style.
- Works of highly abstract character coupled with music that can be described as the "new folklorism." The two movements from Skoryk’s "Hutsul Suite" illustrate this fresh reliance on folklorist tradition. Even the lyrical lines of Shchetynsky's exploration of the modernist ethos are full of such subtle fingerprints.
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