MYKOLA LYSENKO (1842-1912): Dumka-shumka for Piano, Sorrow for Cello and Piano, It Makes No Difference to Me for Baritone and Piano, KYRYLO STETSENKO (1882-1922): I Stood and Listened to Spring for Soprano and Piano, VASYL BARVINSKY (1888-1963): Prelude for Piano, Op. 1/2, LEV REVUTSKY (1889-1977): Preludes for Piano, Op. 4/1 and Op. 7/2, BORIS LYATOSHINSKY (1895-1968): Shevchenko Suite - first movement for Piano, Melody for Violin and Piano, VIKTOR KOSENKO (1896-1938): for Piano: Étude No. 8, Consolation, for Soprano and Piano: They Stood in Silence, I am Sad, YULIY MEJTUS (1903-1997): Allegro for Violin and Piano, MYKOLA KOLESSA (1903-2006): 3 Carpathian Dances for Piano, ARKADY FILPPENKO (1912-1983): Toccata for Piano, VLADIMIR SILVESTROV (b.1937): Bagatelle for Piano, Op. 1/1, MYROSLAV SKORYK (b.1938): Carpathian Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano.

Catalogue Number: 01S024

Label: BIS

Reference: 2222

Format: SACD hybrid

Price: $19.98

Description: 76 minutes of romantic Ukrainian chamber music (only 12 min. of songs, voice haters!) spanning over 100 years. Melancholy is at the bottom of most of these pieces by composers from a region historically dominated and, under Communism, culturally repressed by Russia but the beauty of the melodies is the most striking thing; standouts are Lysenko’s nine-minute Dumka-Shumka, a “Ukrainian Rhapsody” that matches up well against Brahms’ Hungarian Dances or Dvorák’s Slavonic Dances and Skoryk’s Carpathian Rhapsody in which Hutsul folk elements are surprisingly joined by klezmer touches. Russian (Cyrillic)-English texts. Natalya Pasichnyk (piano), Jakob Koranyi (cello), Christian Svarfvar (violin), Emil Jonason (clarinet), Luthando Qave (baritone), Olga Pasichnyk (soprano).

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