The Ukrainian composer Boris Lyatoshynsky (1895–1968) studied with Glière at the Kiev Conservatory, where he remained as a much-loved teacher for the rest of his life. Lyatoshynsky’s songs – a neglected part of his output – meld intense Scriabinesque expressionism with elements of Ukrainian folksong in a language that embraces both the lyrical and the dramatic. His setting of Shelley’s Ozymandias, with its warning of the impermanence of power, was a brave act in the Soviet Union of 1924.
Vassily Savenko, bass-baritone
Alexander Blok, piano
Three Romances for low voice and piano, Op. 6 (1922)
From Four Romances to Verses by Pushkin, Op. 27 (1936)
From Five Romances to Verses by I. Franko, Op. 31 (1940)
Romances for bass and piano, Op. 57 (1951)
Two Romances, Op. 37 (1942)
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Catalogue No: TOCC0053EAN/UPC: 5060113440532Release Date: 03.06.2013Composer: Boris Mykolayovych Lyatoshynsky Artists: Alexander Blok,
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Jackie Stanley :
Having found great pleasure in Ukrainian sacred and folk music for many years, I am delighted that this collection of Lyatoshynsky’s songs has been issued. They have a haunting, solemn quality that is sensitively interpreted by Vassily Savenko and Alexander Blok. Even without any knowledge of the language, the story telling is so strong that the sense of the poems’ meaning is easily understood. The nuanced, thoughtful settings induce reflection on longing, loss and death but there are thrilling moments when voice and piano soar, the reverie is broken and the darkness passes. Highly recommended.
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