||VALENTIN SILVESTROV - SYMPHONIES 4 & 5 - JUKKA-PEKKA SARASTE (Conductor) - LAHTI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -
Prepare to be mesmerized. The music of the Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov is so engrossing, that time, as if taking a cue from the music itself, seems to stand still. The best way I can attempt to describe his music is as follows. Combine the obsessive attention to repetitive motivic details like Allan Pettersson, the innovative orchestration skills of Poul Ruders, and the emotional extremes of Gustav Mahler and you get the idea of who Valentin Silvestrov is. His music lies at the existential level. It feeds on itself. It comes from nothing and returns to nothing, but in the interim in between, it constantly renews itself and reaches heights of unimaginable beauty. For example, Symphony No. 4 written in 1976, opens with massive chords that come out of nowhere, who then gradually release their inner notes to create the strands of melodies that will extend their existence until they return near the end. Moments of terror are transformed into moments of awe, and vice-versa. Just the beauty of the orchestration breathes life into every note, and it always seems as if the ever shifting patterns could be endless.