Following Ukraines independence in 1991, Ivan Karabits became the countrys leading musical figure. An inspirational composer, artistic director and teacher, he absorbed into his own music three particular traditions: Mahler, Shostakovich, and the folk-music of his native country. The colourful, virtuosic and at times theatrical Concertos for Orchestra
reflect the influence of his friend and mentor, Rodion Shchedrin. Following Karabits untimely death, his compatriot Valentin Silvestrov composed two heartfelt memorials. The first of these, Elegie
, makes use of Karabits own unfinished pencil sketches which sit side by side with Silvestrovs own ideas as the piece progresses, almost as if it were a dialogue between the two friends about their work.
Karabits was an inspiring figure, but his music has not been much recorded. These three Concertos for Orchestra
reveal diverse influences, such as Mahler, Shostakovich and folk music, and they are both brilliantly conceived and richly, indeed virtuosically orchestrated modern orchestral music rooted in tradition. Kirill Karabits
was appointed Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 2009, his contract extended to the end of the 2015/16 season. He is the son of the composer Ivan Karabits.
Karabits : Concertos pour orchestre n°1 à n°3 - Silvestrov : Elégie - Abschiedsserenade / Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Kirill Karabits, direction