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Silvestrov : Dedication & Post Scriptum

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  • Audio CD (18 Aug. 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CLASSICAL
  • ASIN: B000TLWGF2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Silvestrov : Dedication : I Allegro moderato con moto
  2. Silvestrov : Dedication : II Moderato
  3. Silvestrov : Dedication : III Moderato con moto
  4. Silvestrov : Dedication : IV Andantino
  5. Silvestrov : Dedication : V Allegretto
  6. Silvestrov : Dedication : VI Andante
  7. Silvestrov : Dedication : VII Moderato
  8. Silvestrov : Post scriptum : I Largo - Allegro - Allegretto
  9. Silvestrov : Post scriptum : II Andantino
  10. Silvestrov : Post scriptum : III Allegro vivace

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Silvestrov's music has been a great recent discovery for me and this continues the discoveries. All the works could be described as post modern but with Silvestrov's complete lack of any presence of personal drama or narrative. The works give the listener pulses of a familiar sound world from the classics to late romanticism in between pauses that leave them trying to grasp or anticipate the next pulse of sound.The music is completely lacking in any rhetoric and the effect is spell binding. For those unfamiliar with his work this is an excellent introduction but I can recommend even more his wonderful fifth symhpony; check out the sony recording by David Robertson.
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HASH(0x9da00480) out of 5 stars The most prominent violin works of Silvestrov's late output 1 Oct. 2009
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Valentin Silvestrov's "Dedication" for violin and orchestra (1990-91) is very typical of the composer. After an opening dissonant chord, numerous melodies unfold, bearing a resemblance to the lines of the Romantic era but without any development towards a clear goal. The occasional Webern-like dissonant interval reminds us that we are listening to a product of the late 20th century, but the prevailing mood is a "postlude" (Silvestrov loves that word) of the era of common-practice tonality. Though this is ostensibly a violin concerto, Silvestrov's approach to the genre is reminiscent of Takemitsu's, and here Gidon Kremer's violin is just the most prominent strand in a rather symphonic texture, instead of some partner in dialogue with the orchestra. If you've heard the Symphony No. 5, for example, you know what to expect here. But I find Silvestrov's music quite compelling in spite of its fairly invariable mood from piece to piece. Even though his approach to form remains the same, he continues to conjure up myriad new melodies for each piece when he could probably get away with outright recycling of previous material. That requires considerable talent.

"Post Scriptum" for violin and piano (1990) is in much the same vein, Unfortunately, the piece suffer froms excessive length. Sure, the first movement of "Post Scriptum" is lovely, but the second and third feel completely unnecessary, as if he's just milking it. And in any event, I rather prefer the ECM recording which has a nicer studio ambience.
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