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Lyatoshynsky: Symphony No. 3 & Grazhyna / Karabits, Bournemouth Symphony

Release Date: 01/04/2019 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 5233  
Composer:  Boris Lyatoshinsky
Conductor:  Kirill Karabits
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With their second album on Chandos, the highly lauded team of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor, Kirill Karabits, presents another volume in their surround-sound series ‘Voices from the East’. This is music very close to the heart of the native Ukrainian Karabits: Boris Lyatoshynsky taught orchestration to his father, Ivan Karabits. Having absorbed the music of the Russian tradition and late-nineteenth-century Western European romanticism, Lyatoshynsky shaped his personal voice under the influence of twentieth-century modernist movements such as expressionism, as well as Ukrainian folk music, becoming a self-professed national composer. The
Read more premiere of Symphony No. 3 could not be given until Lyatoshynsky had rewritten the finale to accord with Communist Party requirements, the original movement having met with objections from the Soviet authorities. On this recording the symphony is heard as originally conceived. The symphonic ballad Grazhyna was written to mark the centenary of the death of Poland’s greatest poet, Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855). Both works are confidently played by the BSO under a conductor whose musical decisions have the authority of one who directly embodies the legacy of the composer. Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 3, Op. 50 by Boris Lyatoshinsky
Conductor:  Kirill Karabits
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951/1954; USSR 
Grazhyna, Op. 58 by Boris Lyatoshinsky
Conductor:  Kirill Karabits
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USSR 

Customer Reviews

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 Spirited performances September 2, 2020 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Boris Lyatoshynsky was a Ukranian who spent a large part of his career working in Soviet Russia. It's an important distinction. Soviet composers had to write music that followed political guidelines. In the case of Lyatoshynsky's 1951 Third Symphony, it meant rewriting the finale. The programmatic symphony was a reaction to the horrors of the Second World War, and particularly the impact on Ukraine. The original final movement represented Peace supplanting War. At the height of the Cold War, this ran counter to Soviet policies and almost caused the work to be permanently banned. The symphony had already been heard in open rehearsals and was positively received. Lyatoshynsky substituted a new finale for the offending "bourgeois" movement. It allowed the authorities to let the work be heard (in some fashion) while saving face. Of course, once the Soviet Union disintegrated, the original finale was restored, along with the original subtitle, "Peace shall defeat War." That's the version heard here. Maestro Kirill Karabits leads the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in a spirited performance. Lyatoshynsky was emotionally invested in this work, and this recording lays bare those emotions. This is the second in the "Voices from the East" series. As with the first volume of music by Kara Karayev, Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony deliver more treasures from former Soviet states. Music steeped in the character of their countries. Lyatoshynky always considered himself a Ukrainian composer. The music in this release reaffirms that assertion. However, you purchase this music, be sure to get the highest resolution possible. The SACD sound is full-bodied and finely detailed. That detail makes a huge difference in the understanding of Lytoshynksy's works." Report Abuse
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