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Valentin Silvestrov

Q2 Music Album of the Week

Ukraine's Valentin Silvestrov Unleashes One's Inner Synesthete in 'Spectrums'

Monday, April 13, 2015

Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, now pushing 80 years old, has led a long and prolific career traversing a wide range of musical styles. This new album focuses on his early works.

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New York Now

Listen: Pianist Jenny Lin Plays Ukrainian Nostalgist

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

On Wednesday, Feb. 4 pianist Jenny Lin celebrated the music of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov with the program "Nostalghia" at Le Poisson Rouge.

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The Brothers Balliett

Just Because It's Tonal Doesn't Mean It's Bad

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Listeners, there will come a time when you meet a composer or new music enthusiast with a little bit of attitude – an attitude that suggests that the spiky, abrasive, modernist language that we all know and love is the only true lingua franca of new music, and that those who write tonal music do so naively, without considering the weight of history that tonal music carries. (Consider Alex Temple's recent discussion of this topic on New Music Box)

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The New Canon

Glenn Gould Reborn and Premieres from Górecki and Nordheim

Monday, October 15, 2012

This week on The New Canon, recordings of works by Arne Nordheim and Henryk Górecki, as well as a new album by Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica.

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New Sounds

Eastern Voices

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Listen to Eastern Voices on this New Sounds Program. There’s music from Ukranian composer Valentin Silvestrov inspired by the liturgical chant of the Russian Orthodox Church where only voices are allowed. Silvestrov uses voice and chorus to create bell-like effects, which happens to be the exact thing that Estonian composer Arvo Part’s known for - tintinnabuli. We’ll hear works by Part as well.

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Q2 Music

Requiems Discovered

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Over the next few weeks, as we listen to your requiem suggestions and start to sketch out the 9/11 anniversary weekend programming, a ton of new music will be crossing our desks. But some of our recent discoveries are simply too moving to wait an additional moment before sharing: including work by a Polish film composer, a Ukrainian romantic, and a requiem based on Latvian folk songs.

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New Sounds

Eastern Voices

Monday, July 18, 2011

Listen to Eastern Voices on this New Sounds Program. There’s music from Ukranian composer Valentin Silvestrov inspired by the liturgical chant of the Russian Orthodox Church where only voices are allowed. Silvestrov uses voice and chorus to create bell-like effects, which happens to be the exact thing that Estonian composer Arvo Part’s known for - tintinnabuli. We’ll hear works by Part as well.

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New Sounds

New Concert Music

Saturday, June 18, 2011

For this New Sounds, we'll hear from violist and Q2 host Nadia Sirota's record called "First Things First," of commissioned works by Judd Greenstein, Nico Muhly and other new music heavy-hitters involving her instrument and other sounds.  We'll also hear from the Kronos Quartet's effort, "Floodplain." This record is full of music from Serbia, Azerbajan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Lebanon, incorporating other sounds, live and taped.  Plus, Valentin Silvestrov's "Ikon" performed by the Cailino Quartet, and more.

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Q2 Music

Introducing Valentin Silvestrov

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Valentin Silvestrov is in the spotlight starting Monday, February 22, as the next in Q2’s monthly series of Composer Introductions. Listen to a selection of his compositions.

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