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Silvestrov: Nostalghia, Three Postludes, Etc / Jenny Lin


Release Date: 09/04/2007 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98229   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Valentin Silvestrov
Performer:  Jenny Lin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Silvestrov is a piano master, too, as this beautifully arranged programme shows The impressive series of orchestral works that Valentin Silvestrov wrote between his Fifth and Sixth Symphonies should not obscure the virtues of his piano miniatures. Jenny Lin’s advocacy is reflected by her care in sequencing them into a viable recital that begins with the pensive melancholy of Nostalghia, then continues with the fervent simplicity of the Two Pieces, Benedictus and Sanctus. Two Dialogues with an Epilogue makes serene excursions into the domains of Schubert and Wagner before subsuming them into the composer’s own world, while Three Postludes is a more animated token of appreciation to this pianist.

Three Pieces demonstrates a
Read more stylistic continuity between Silvestrov’s distant past in the Debussian “Bagatelle” from 1958, and his recent present in the limpid “Hymn 2001” and “Melody”, before the “Moments” pair recreates a mid-Romantic piano music in wonderfully subtle terms. Three Waltzes is a likewise unfettered tribute to the Second Viennese triumvirate, its “lyrical dodecaphony” one that Silvestrov had explored extensively in his First Piano Sonata (1960/72). This two-movement piece works its way intently through a harmonic angularity and a contrapuntal intricacy to a repose such as makes The Messenger 1996 a natural “finale” as well as to the overall programme.

Lin is an ideal exponent of music whose superfine dynamic and textural contrasts create their own expressive intensity, and she has been well served by Hänssler’s clear yet spacious recording. Alexei Lubimov’s authoritative Erato disc of all three piano sonatas urgently warrants reissue, but as an overall Silvestrov conspectus this could hardly be bettered.

-- Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1. Nostalghia by Valentin Silvestrov
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001 
Venue:  Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, German 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, Germany (02/13/2006 - 02/16/2006) 
2. Dialogues (2) with an Epilogue by Valentin Silvestrov
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, German 
Length: 9 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, Germany (02/13/2006 - 02/16/2006)
Composition written: 2001 - 2002. 
3. Postludes (3) for Piano Solo by Valentin Silvestrov
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2005; Ukraine 
Venue:  Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, German 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, Germany (02/13/2006 - 02/16/2006) 
4. Pieces (3) for Piano by Valentin Silvestrov
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; Ukraine 
Venue:  Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, German 
Length: 12 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, Germany (02/13/2006 - 02/16/2006) 
5. Waltzes (3) by Valentin Silvestrov
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2005; Ukraine 
Venue:  Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, German 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, Germany (02/13/2006 - 02/16/2006) 
6. Sonata for Piano no 1 by Valentin Silvestrov
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Ukraine 
Venue:  Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, German 
Length: 16 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, Germany (02/13/2006 - 02/16/2006)
Composition written: Ukraine (1972).
Composition revised: Ukraine (1999). 
7. The Messenger for Synthesizer/Piano and Strings/Piano solo by Valentin Silvestrov
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Ukraine 
Venue:  Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, German 
Length: 7 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, Germany (02/13/2006 - 02/16/2006)
Composition written: Ukraine (1996 - 1997). 
8. Pieces (2) [Benedictus, Sanctus] for Piano by Valentin Silvestrov
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; Ukraine 
Venue:  Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, German 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, Germany (02/13/2006 - 02/16/2006) 
9. Pieces (2) for Piano "Moments" by Valentin Silvestrov
Performer:  Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; Ukraine 
Venue:  Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, German 
Length: 8 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, Germany (02/13/2006 - 02/16/2006) 

Sound Samples

Nostalghia
2 Pieces (2001): No. 1. Benedictus
2 Pieces (2001): No. 2. Sanctus
2 Dialogues with an Epilogue: No. 1. Wedding Waltz
2 Dialogues with an Epilogue: No. 2. Postludium
2 Dialogues with an Epilogue: No. 3. Morning Serenade
3 Postludes: I
3 Postludes: II
3 Postludes: III
3 Pieces: No. 1. Bagatelle
3 Pieces: No. 2. Hymn 2001
3 Pieces: No. 3. Melody
2 Pieces (2003): No. 1. Chopin Moments
2 Pieces (2003): No. 2. Spring Moments
3 Waltzes: No. 1. Schoenberg
3 Waltzes: No. 2. Webern
3 Waltzes: No. 3. Berg
Piano Sonata No. 1: I
Piano Sonata No. 1: II
The Messenger - 1996 (Der Bote - 1996): Messenger - 1996

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