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Desyatnikov, Leonid - Songs of Bukovina - Goribol, Alexey


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Lost in Translation. Chopin, Bukovina and Postmodernism. Melodiya presents a world premiere, the recording of Leonid Desyatnikov’s Songs of Bukovina performed by Alexey Goribol, a dedicatee of the cycle. The liner notes were written by Maria Stepanova, the author of In Memory of Memory. Leonid Desyatnikov is one of the most ‘textual’ composers of our time. However, in his latest chamber opus, Songs of Bukovina, he chooses the format of ... ‘24 Preludes for Piano’! This is how the cycle is subtitled. The tradition originated by Bach, adapted by romanticism into the microcosm of ‘cycle of miniatures’, and elevated to the rank of ‘intimate diary of the artist’ by hyper-individualists like Chopin, Scriabin, et al. is crossbred by Desyatnikov with Transcarpathian folklore. The music of the Bukovinian prelude songs” combines the intonation spice of West Ukrainian flavors with devices from the arsenal of today’s composing techniques. “In one interview, Desyatnikov speaks about the alien fundamental principle of his works, the external impulse he follows and departs from, very briefly: “I call it a MacGuffin. ” Having read this, I went googling. Wikipedia explains that a MacGuffin is a cinematic term for an object or event that is necessary for the development of the plot and characters, but completely unimportant in itself. A pirate treasure chest that everybody hunts for and nobody gets hold of, or Chekhov’s gun that hangs on the wall through all three acts and never fires will probably be the closest analogues. “A MacGuffin may be in plain sight, it may flash and disappear at the very beginning, but the story is impossible without it. The most interesting thing here is the combination of utmost importance and absolute insignificance of the initial impulse, that very point of reference: as if the existing world could be built from anything at all, in four notes, like on the television show” (Maria Stepanova, Songs of Bukovina: Twelve Attempts to Start Speaking). This music was performed for the first time in October 2017 in American Ballet Theatre’s production choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky. The ballet included a half of twenty-four preludes. The premiere of the entire cycle performed by Alexey Goribol took place in Perm in June 2018. The Songs of Bukovina were premiered in Moscow on October 1. It was after the Moscow premiere when it was agreed that the Songs of Bukovina would be recorded by Firma Melodiya. Leonid Desyatnikov was present at the recording sessions, and the final result received a high appraisal from him. The creative work of Leonid Desyatnikov, one of the most sought-after Russian composers of today, is difficult to make fit any existing framework. He cannot be labeled as a dissident avant-gardist, or as a Soviet conformist, or as a neo-folklorist. In the age when a composer’s main problem lies in the antinomy of ‘original’ and ‘borrowed’, the author of The Children of Rosenthal, an opera about cloned classical composers, makes ‘unoriginal’ into the main creative principle (“The more it changes, the more it stays the same”). The composer simply eliminates the opposition of ‘one’s vs. someone else's.’ However, this is far from being identical to Stravinsky's neoclassicism with its almost Salierian attitude to composition (“I cut up music like a corpse”); on the contrary, Desyatnikov sincerely believes in the selected quotations and allusions, which gives the listeners salutary sound and semantic ‘beacon lights’ in the murky streams of the modern academic discordance. Leonid Desyatnikov was born in 1955 in Kharkov, Ukraine. He graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory. He is a member of the Union of Composers of Russia, author of four operas, cantatas, and chamber vocal and instrumental music. Among his major works are The Children of Rosenthal, an opera to a libretto by Vladimir Sorokin; the ballets Lost Illusions and Opera; the chamber opera Poor Liza after Nikolai Karamzin; the cantata Gift to the verses of Gavriil Derzhavin; the vocal cycle Love and Life of the Poet to the verses of Daniil Kharms and Nikolai Oleinikov; The Leaden Echo for voice(s) and instruments to the verses of Gerard Manley Hopkins; and the symphony The Rite of Winter 1949 for choir, soloists, and orchestra. The composer wrote music for a number of motion pictures, including Sunset, Lost in Siberia, Moscow Nights, Hammer and Sickle, Giselle’s Mania, His Wife’s Diary, The Prisoner of the Mountains, Moscow, and Target. Alexey Goribol is an Honored Artist of Russia, producer, organizer of a number of international chamber festivals, and recognized master performer of modern academic music. Since 1989 Alexey Goribol has been an initiator and musical director of many unique projects related to the work of the outstanding Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov. The musician has recorded around thirty CDs. He is a director of the Arts Festival in Kostomuksha, Karelia, creator and artistic director of the Levitan Music Festival in Plyos, and the Russian-Finnish music and poetry festival “Towards Vyborg.” Over the years, Alexey Goribol was an initiator, leading organizer, and author of the monographic festivals dedicated to Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Jan Sibelius, Dmitri Shostakovich, Benjamin Britten, and Leonid Desyatnikov in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Since 2019 Alexey Goribol has hosted his own cycle “Listen!” at Yekaterinburg’s Yeltsin Center. The musician has collaborated with contemporary composers such as Leonid Desyatnikov, Alexander Tchaikovsky, Georgy Peletsis, Vladimir Martynov, Giya Kancheli, Yuri Krasavin, Pavel Karmanov, Vladimir Rannev, Alexei Aigui, and Sergei Akhunov. Maria Stepanova is a Russian poet, prosaist and essayist, winner of the Andrei Bely Prize (2005), the Hubert Burda Foundation Award as the best young lyricist in Eastern Europe (Germany, 2006), the Moscow Reckoning Prize (2006, 2009, 2018), and the national literary award “The Big Book” (2018).
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Artikelnummer MELCD1002607
Streckkod 4600317126071
Utgivningsdatum 2019-11-01
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag Melodiya
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
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Artister Goribol, Alexey
Kompositörer Desyatnikov, Leonid
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