Velentin Silvestrov is a Ukrainian composer who was born in Kiev in 1937. Evidently, he never quite felt at home either with the Socialist Realist or the International Modernist schools – avoiding the former and repudiating the latter – but his aesthetic ideas and values have found a welcome home within the Postmodernist fold. (For a biography, see here.)
Here’s his Epitaph for piano and strings, from 1999. It’s a haunting and unsettling work – and although there may not be a chord in it from beginning to end that Richard Wagner never wrote, this music doesn’t rest comfortably on 19th-century laurels.
I’m sorry to say I don’t know who the performers are. But they’re good, so have a listen anyway.
© Colin Eatock 2012