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Piano Works

Naïve Musik • Der Bote • Two Waltzes Four Pieces • Two Bagatelles • Kitschmusik

  • Elisaveta Blumina, piano

Piano music is central to Valentin Silvestrov’s output. With its frequent allusions to lingering recollections of the past, this programme presents an overview of various creative periods. It begins with the composer’s reworkings of youthful sketches (Naive Musik), followed by Der Bote (The Messenger) with its beautiful Mozartian theme leading into a sonatina in the style of the 18th century. After recent works from Silvestrov’s self-defined ‘Bagatelle’ period, the recording concludes with the striking Kitschmusik, which engages with the music of Schumann, Chopin and Brahms. The Two Waltzes are dedicated to Elisaveta Blumina.


Naive Music (1955) (00:26:36 )
No. 1. Waltz * (00:03:42)
No. 2. Nocturne * (00:02:36)
No. 3. Fairy Tale * (00:06:53)
No. 4. Idyll * (00:04:43)
No. 5. Nocturne * (00:02:14)
No. 6. Prelude * (00:02:06)
No. 7. Waltz * (00:04:22)
Der Bote - 1996 (The Messenger - 1996) (version for piano) (1996) (00:07:30)
2 Waltzes, Op. 153 (2009) (00:05:00 )
No. 1. Allegro assai * (00:01:57)
No. 2. Allegretto * (00:02:28)
4 Pieces, Op. 2 (2006) (00:08:00 )
No. 1. Lullaby: Moderato (00:02:46)
No. 2. Pastorale: Vivace (00:02:02)
No. 3. Bagatelle: Moderato (00:02:12)
No. 4. Postludium: Moderato (00:02:01)
2 Bagatelles, Op. 173 (2011) (00:04:00 )
No. 1. Moderato * (00:01:27)
No. 2. Andantino * (00:02:07)
Kitsch-Musik () (00:16:22 )
I. Allegro vivace (00:03:24)
II. Moderato (00:03:57)
III. Allegretto (00:03:02)
IV. Moderato (00:02:43)
V. Allegretto (00:01:46)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:05:58

The Artist(s)

Elisaveta Blumina

Prizewinner of the Award Echo Classic, Elisaveta Blumina is much in demand in the most prestigious concert halls of Europe. A child prodigy, she made her concert début as a soloist at the age of sixteen with the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra directed by Alexander Polyanichko with Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1. She continued her studies at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg and later at the Conservatoire in Berne, with teachers including András Schiff, Evgeni Koroliov, Radu Lupu and Bruno Canino. She won the the International Brahms Piano Competition which culminated in her acclaimed recording of Brahms’ Piano Sonata No. 2 and Klavierstücke, Op. 76. She is recognised as one of the most important interpreters of modern Russian repertoire, and her Mieczysław Weinberg recordings have won wide acclaim. Her career has taken her to venues such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Laeisz-Halle in Hamburg and Carnegie Hall in New York.


The Composer(s)

Silvestrov is considered one of the leading representatives of the “Kiev avant-garde”, which came to public attention around 1960 and was violently criticized by the proponents of the conservative Soviet musical aesthetic. In the 1960s and 1970s his music was hardly played in his native city; premieres, if given at all, were heard only in Russia, primarily in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), or in the West. His Spectrums for chamber orchestra, for example, was premiered to spectacular acclaim by the Leningrad Philharmonic under the baton of Igor Blashkov in 1965. In 1968 the same conductor gave the premiere of the Second Symphony.


“Throughout the entire recital Blumina proves an inspired guide in Silvestrov’s highly personal and highly evocative sound world.” – Fanfare


“Let’s go with Elisaveta Blumina into this time machine and follow her in this arousing invitation to dream” – Diapason

“Blumina renders all with unerring poise, making this disc now the preferred option by which to encounter the piano music of a composer whose thinking transcends time and place in equal measure. ” – International Record Review

“It’s a beautiful lyric set of works, given a supremely sympathetic performance that enters deeply into the world of the music.” – Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

“Elisaveta Blumina…delivers Silvestrov’s music with marbled enigmatic serenity” – Sinfini Music