Following his acclaimed recording of Alfred Schnittke’s complete piano music, Simon Smith turns his attention to Schnittke’s near-contemporary, the Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. Smith’s precision and technical agility make him the ideal choice for this first survey to focus on the 1970s – an important period in the formation of Silvestrov’s later style.
The Classical Sonata is an ostensibly Mozartian work in which nothing is quite as it seems, while its three numbered successors provide further glimpses into Silvestrov’s unique relationship with memory and the past. Concluding the disc, the short Nostalghia represents the mature Silvestrov, with its yearning melodic fragments and complex emotional undertow.
Recording venue(s): Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh
Recording dates: 12 December 2013, 10 May 2014 and 17 January 2015
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 17
Total playing time: 1:18:09
Album ID: DCD34151