Music that makes no noise of intrusion

My world and my music are never one and the same. Which means my music of the moment varies from day to day. Last night dependent arising dictated that it was the Ukrainian Valentin Silvestrov's Stille Lieder - unmissable sample here. These songs deserve better than my own clumsy prose; so here is the opening from Paul Griffiths' masterly sleeve note for ECM's recording of Stille Lieder:
We may feel we have always known these songs, and in a sense we have. The first hearing will not seem the first, though we will remember it for that slow shock of familiarity, how it awakens memories - those we knew we had, and those we did not. This is part of these songs' silence, that they make no noise of intrusion.
Also on Facebook and Twitter. Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as "fair use", for the purpose of study, review or critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s).


Thanks for that link - most striking music I've heard in a long time - maybe because it so resonates with this winter we've been having. The emotion and the style of the singer remind me strongly of the man Theodorakis always had sing his music - and the language is reminiscent of Greek to my ear.
Pliable said…
Lyle, the haunting folk-song like melody heard in the YouTube sample of Stille Lieder also appears in the fourth movement of Silvestrov's Requiem for Larissa.

You will know I hate the cliche "neglected masterpiece". But I can think of no words to describe Silvestrov's Requiem other than a neglected masterpiece -
JMW said…
Silvestrov's Requiem was a contender for the Grammy ultimately won by Adams' Transmigration. Silvestrov was robbed.

Recent popular posts

Four great albums that are victims of clickbait correctness

Scott Ross and the paradox of genius

If this had been a Deutsche Grammophon session.....

Missing so much and so much.........

How to reach a big new post-COVID classical audience

What the law of diminishing diversity tells us

Berlin Philharmonic's first woman conductor

How classical music ignored the awakening electronic dream

Conductors who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones

Classical music must face the facts - click bait pays