LYATOSHNYSKY: Orchestral works

Boris Mykolayovych Lyatoshynsky (1895-1968):

Symphony No. 3, Op. 50
Grazhyna, symphonic ballad, Op. 58

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits

Chandos CHSA 5233 @ £11 plus P&P

Gramophone, Editor’s Choice, Jan 2019 “Karabits and his Bournemouth players really bring out the detail of Lyatoshynsky’s imaginative orchestration, and what might seem in other hands a somewhat sprawling work is here given a carefully shaped rendition of great intensity…The players react to [Grazhyna] with vigour and dedication, and their performances benefit from outstanding engineering. More Lyatoshynsky, please.”

BBC Music Magazine hese works sound as if written at the turn of the 20th century, certainly by an admirer of Scriabin’s Divine Poem. Both, in fact, date from the 1950s…The Bournemouth Symphony play the music with polish and full commitment under Karabits’s sure direct

About this recording ….
With their second album on Chandos, the highly lauded team of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor, Kirill Karabits, presents another volume in their surround-sound series ‘Voices from the East’. This is music very close to the heart of the native Ukrainian Karabits: Boris Lyatoshynsky taught orchestration to his father, Ivan Karabits.

Having absorbed the music of the Russian tradition and late-nineteenth-century Western European romanticism, Lyatoshynsky shaped his personal voice under the influence of twentieth-century modernist movements such as expressionism, as well as Ukrainian folk music, becoming a selfprofessed national composer. The premiere of Symphony No. 3 could not be given until Lyatoshynsky had rewritten the finale to accord with Communist Party requirements, the original movement having met with objections from the Soviet authorities. On this recording the symphony is heard as originally conceived. The symphonic ballad Grazhyna was written to mark the centenary of the death of Poland’s greatest poet, Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855). Both works are played by the BSO under a conductor whose musical decisions have the authority of one who directly embodies the legacy of the composer.

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