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Valentyn Sylvestrov, Valeriy Matiukhin, Bohdana Pivnenko. Fleeting Melodies. (premium release). /digi-pack/

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Valentyn Sylvestrov, Valeriy Matiukhin, Bohdana Pivnenko. Fleeting Melodies. (premium release). /digi-pack/
If you look into the eyes of the sky – it is possible to feel its look at yourself. If you listen to the voice of grass – it is possible to grow together with it. If you touch air with your lips – it is possible to breathe even beyond the body. And if you breathe in beams of the sun and the moon – it is possible to tell the stories that eyes do not see. But the heart – recognizes... Probably, there is not that much music in the world, about which the first and the last word can be – harmony. Not an ideal combination of parts within the general construction but – harmony just as the essence of every instant of the sound and silence, being and perception. And these instants by themselves create the infinite space of quiet beauty – because what an instant is? As it was once said – the Universe in a grain of sand...
Anton Jozhik Lejba (Hedgehog)

Actually, this is what Valentyn Sylvestrov himself says about "Fleeting Melodies":

"...a large cycle, comprised of seven works, which are performed without interruption – as one large text. For me in this work, there is a certain analogy with Bach's cycle "The Art of the Fugue"; in Bach's work the didactic idea and its application are primary. I could have called this cycle "The Art of the Melody", but in this name the didactic idea is missing and only the "art" is represented; thus "fleeting melodies" – the expanse, in which melodies exist on the boundary between their appearance and disappearance..."

Publisher: Rostok Records
Year: 2008

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Valeriy Matiukhin
Bohdana Pivnenko
Valentyn Sylvestrov

Domestic price: 201.96UAH
International price: $29.92USD
CD1
  Five pieces for Gidon Kremer
1. Mp3Elegy
2.  Serenade
3. Mp3Intermezzo
4.  Barcarolle
5.  Nocturne
  Three pieces for Anatoliy Bazhenov
6.  Serenade
7. Mp3Barcarolle
8.  Pastoral
  Three pieces (2005) for Helle Mustonen
9. Mp3Lullaby
10.  Barcarolle
11.  Lullaby
  Fleeting Melodies for Olga Rexrot
12. Mp3Lullaby
13.  Barcarolle
14.  Menuet
  To Eduard Edelchuk
15. Mp3Two Elegies
  25.X.1893 in memory of Pyotr Chaikovsky
16.  Prelude (The birth of a melody)
17.  Lullaby
18.  Serenade
  Song Without Words to Bohdana Pivnenko
19.  Elegy
20.  Barcarolle
21.  Musical moment
 Total playing time: 72:01

Fragments of the compositions marked with Mp3 mark are available for listening. How to listen?

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Reviews (3)

  Alessandro , Rome, Italy
11-06-2013 21:26

Pure, wonderful music; intense interpretation; good and clear sound; nice package! Enjoy!


  Renato Borges , Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
06-06-2011 22:41

I can't really put into words what the music of Fleeting Melodies means to me. I got in touch with it about a year ago and all the music I compose is now under the influence of it. The smooth quality of it, the slightest touch of such beauty and the ability to achieve it is of such rarity that this is something to treasure. It's one of those moments that you have to quiet yourself and pay attention just because there's so much into these humble sounds, these fragile and beauty structures, that anything you'll do is enough to disrupt them. You need a lot of respect for music to listen to these pieces and that's what I'd recommend to someone who doesn't know Silvestrov's music. Just let it breathe and surround you.

I was the happy buyer of the last copy available. It was a gift (I know, I know, how could I not keep it...), but I know it will be very well kept.


  , Austin TX, US
04-12-2009 17:31

The performers on this disc – Bohdana Pivnenko (violin) and Valeriy Matiukhin (piano) – show both their love and understanding of Valentin Silvestrov’s work. His interpretative instruction, which they execute brilliantly throughout the album, ‘While listening, this music must sound light and clear, distant…’, could apply to just about all of his late work – it settles on the ear of the listener like a mist that is barely there, a whisper from another place, another time…delicate, but not to be ignored. More than any other contemporary composer whose work I’ve experienced, Silvestrov’s music sings – with or without a vocal component. The beauty in these pieces carries meaning and emotion felt on the deepest level, wrapped in music that appeals to both the heart and intellect. Pivnenko and Matiukhin weave their lines in and out of each other, rapt in their interpretation and at the same time sensitive to the voicings offered by their partner – there is not a single failed nuance or overplayed line. It’s like listening to liquid flowing – the recording’s generous 72 minute length is over before one expects it to be, and repeated listenings follow as naturally as one breath follows the next.

I highly recommend this stunning recording, as well as the service I received from UMKA...first-rate.