Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, Russian composer Galina Ustvolskaya: between them they indicate the vastness of the landscape of what is now called "post-Soviet" music. At the same time there are shared characteristics. These composers are united, firstly, in their originality. In its recordings, ECM has shown a special affinity for Pärt and Silvestrov. The label has helped to establish the musical reputation of both men, with meticulously-realised recordings. Pärt's albums count amongst the best-loved recordings of modern music. Silvestrov's, too, are gradually finding a wider and appreciative audience as ECM's documentation continues. Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov, now in his early sixties, has also had a close working relationship with both composers and is an important advocate for their art. He has appeared as soloist in such crucial ECM recordings as Pärt's Lamentate and Silvestrov's Postludium and Metamusik. Silvestrov's Der Bote was also the title track of Lubimov's universally-acclaimed recital disc. His beautiful, poetic touch is to the fore in all of these. Now he introduces a new chamber group who share sensitive performing and a commitment to this kind of repertoire.
Silvestrov's 1990 sonata Post Scriptum for violin and piano, and the 1996-composed Misterioso for clarinet solo (and piano). Misterioso is a world premiere recording.
Arvo Pärt's 2003 reworking of Spiegel im Spiegel for clarinet and piano, revised especially to feature Kyrill Rybakov's expressive clarinet - a world premiere recording. In its original violin and piano version Spiegel im Spiegel has proven to be one of the most popular pieces in the entire ECM catalogue, frequently requested for use in film, television and dance contexts.
Galina Ustvolskaya's Trio for clarinet, violin and piano (1945) and Violin Sonata (1952) are pieces that set new directions in music. Even Shostakovich acknowledged their influence.
Alexei Lubimov - (piano), Alexander Trostiansky - (violin), Kirill Rybakov - (clarinet)