Valentin Silvestrov - Silent Songs (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 498 mb | MP3 320 kbps CBR ~ 294 mb | Scans included | 119 min
Classical | Label: ECM Records | Rel: 2004
"Silent Songs" is a 24-song cycle dating from 1974-77, and is a grand gamble. For its entirety, almost two hours, its tempo is moderately slow, its texture open and spare, its dynamic hushed. The actual music is a sort of distilled late-Romantic tonality. The piano accompaniment is made of delicately shaped arpeggios. The harmonies are studded with appoggiaturas (downbeat dissonances that resolve) and surprising (but satisfying) substitutions for where one would expect a progression to go. Yakovenko is stunning in both his intensity and restraint, and Scheps is an ideally sensitive accompanist.