Renaissances Are Nurtured Amidst Ignorance And Chaos ... Four Months Until The World Premiere, In Ireland, Of Valentyn Silvestrov's Five Sacred Songs
“If you were to ask me to name a contemporary composer, the first name that I would voice is the name Silvestrov. Valentyn is unconditionally the most interesting contemporary composer, even if the majority are given to understand this much later…”
-- Arvo Pärt
Louth Contemporary Music Society, with funding from the Arts Council [of Ireland], has obtained the first Irish commission from the Ukrainian composer Valentyn Silvestrov described by Alfred Schnittke as “the greatest composer of our generation” a sentiment seconded by Arvo Pärt in the New Yorker some years ago: “Silvestrov is one of the greatest composers of our time.”
The LCMS commissioned Valentin Silvestrov to write Five Sacred Songs for choir. The world premiere performance will be held in Ireland in St. Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda, on 24 September 2009."
Photo credits (and partial layout credit): Copyright © 2007 Louth Contemporary Music Society, Drogheda, Ireland.
Saint Andrew's Church of Kyiv, Ukraine, Europe.
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