Valentin Silvestrov: Requiem für Larissa


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Valentin Vasilyevich Silvestrov

Requiem for Larissa


Priska Eser (Soprano), Wolfgang Klose (Bass), Jutta Neumann (Mezzo-Soprano), Andreas Hirtreiter (Tenor), Michael Mantaj (Bass)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Andres Mustonen (Μαέστρος)

Born in Kiev in 1937, Valentin Silvestrov is probably the best-known Ukrainian composer. He studied at the Kiev Conservatory. However, his 1963 first symphony, which he presented at the composition exam there, met with rejection, as works in the style of socialist realism were expected at the time. His music, on the other hand, was avant-garde. Around 1970, his style changed to a kind of “neo-romanticism,” after which his compositions became more widespread. He also became known in Western Europe and especially in the USA. It is not by chance that his name is often mentioned in the same breath as Arvo Pärt, Pēteris Vasks or Gija Kantscheli. After the end of the Soviet Union, he was awarded prestigious art prizes as well as the Order of Merit of Ukraine. The Russian invasion of Ukraine forced Silvestrov to flee to Berlin with his daughter and granddaughter in March 2022 Silvestrov wrote his “Requiem for Larissa” in response to the unexpected death of his wife, the music and literature scholar Larissa Bondarenko, who had stood by his side from the beginning of his artistic career and died in 1996. in 1999, shortly before the turn of the millennium, he was able to complete his Requiem. Silvestrov did not set to music a drama of the Last Day, as Mozart, Berlioz or Verdi had done before him, but he wrote a lament in seemingly endless, world-losing repetitions. He stepped from the present into the past, commenting on their life together with memories of music that had inspired Larissa, with profound allusions, retrospections and epilogues of the most personal nature. Silvestrov set the words of the Latin Mass for the Dead to music, but he composed no Mass, no liturgically bound or ecclesiastically compatible music. The theological order of the Catholic Mass for the Dead is irrevocably dissolved in his seven-movement Requiem. As if religious gravitation had been suspended, isolated words drift freely and forlornly out and about. The work begins and ends with “Requiem aeternam”. At last, only the wind rushes out of the synthesizer, and at the very end, an echo of the wind Valentin Silvestrov’s impressive “Requiem for Larissa” was performed on June 17, 2011 at the Herz-Jesu-Kirche in Munich. At last, a recording of the concert is now presented on CD by BR-KLASSIK. Renowned vocal soloists, the Bavarian Radio Choir, which has repeatedly been praised for its interpretations of contemporary music, and the Munich Radio Orchestra under the direction of Estonian musician and conductor Andres Mustonen vouch for the highest quality and faithfulness to the work.