VALENTIN SILVESTROV Hiero­glyphen der Nacht Anja Lech­ner, Agnès Vester­man (cel­los)

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - MICHAEL DERVAN

Mo­ments of si­lence and sad­ness . . . Hiero­glyphs of the night . . . Echo of a waltz . . . Echo

of a sara­bande – the work and move­ment ti­tles from this col­lec­tion of pieces for one and two cel­los tell a lot about the haunted sound­scapes of the Ukrainian com­poser Valentin Silvestrov. Silvestrov seems to be in­ex­orably drawn to the aching losses of the past, and in thrall to the lin­ger­ing traces of favourite mu­si­cal shapes and har­monies. Yet pieces in mem­ory of Tchaikovsky and for the birth­day of Schu­mann are pure Silvestrov. Anja Lech­ner and her part­ner in the two-cello pieces, Agnès Vester­man, sound fully at­tuned to the world of these diary-like, gen­tle ob­ses­sions.

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