I found your article about Silvestrov's Fifth Symphony, and other Fifths very interesting. I'm sure you will probably be aware, but I just wanted to remind you that the London Philharmonic Orchestra are performing Silvestrov's Fifth Symphony at the Royal Festival Hall on 22 April 2009 under Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski.Thanks for that Kath. That concert certainly has an adventurous programme. In addition to the Silvestrov symphony there is the premiere of Benjamin Yusupov's Cello Concerto and a work by Giya Kancheli. It is good to see Silvestrov's symphony becoming established in the repertoire. I notice that the currently controversial Valery Gergiev programmed it with his Marinsky Orchestra in a recent concert in Belgium in a concert that also included Galina Ustvolskaya's Third Symphony.
Kath Trout London Philharmonic Orchestra
Below is a YouTube video that uses one of Valentin Silvestrov's beautiful Silent Songs (Stille Lieder). More audio samples here.
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