IVAN KARABITS (1945-2002): Concertos for Orchestra No. 1 "Musical Gift to Kiev", No. 2 and No. 3 "Lamentations", VALENTIN SILVESTROV (b.1937): Elegie, Abschiedsserenade.
Catalogue Number: 04O012
Description: Ukrainian composer Karabits (father of the conductor here) seems able to summon an infinite variety of orchestral color in his three orchestral concertos, modeled on those of his friend and teacher Shchedrin but (in my biased opinion) a lot more ear-catching. Negative ions flow abundantly throughout the first two (1980 and 1986), generating large amounts of positive energy; the Third (1989) is a lament for two Ukrainian catastrophes: Stalin's engineered "terror famine" which starved millions in the 30s and the explosion of the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl. This is evocative and affecting, often in very delicate and quiet ways. Silvestrov's Elegie (2002) uses unfinished sketches by his friend Karabits and the seven minute "farewell serenade" from the following year is one of the calmest pieces of sad music you'll ever hear. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Kirill Karabits.