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Special Symphonic Concert
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, photo: Oleksandr Ivanov

Maxim Berezovsky, dubbed the ‘Ukrainian Mozart’, wrote his Symphony in C major in 1770–1772. This work was long considered lost. After it was rediscovered in the Vatican’s archives at the beginning of the twenty-first century, it was soon hailed as the ‘first Russian symphony’, since from 1759 Berezovsky sang with the Italian opera troupe in Oranienbaum. This composition is an eminent example of just how advanced Ukrainian musical practice was in the eighteenth century, while at the same time manifesting tsarist Russia’s imperialist ambitions, including in the domain of culture.

Yevhen Stankovich, in his Second ‘Dramatic’ Symphony, from 1975, presented a mature and unusual vision of heroism. We find here both militaristic rhythms and restless sonorities characteristic of Borys Lyatoshynsky, as well as lyrical cantilena phrases that skilfully transpose the legacy of eighteenth-century Ukrainian music, including the music of Berezovsky, into contemporary realities.

Jan Lech

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National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Formed by the Council of Ministers of Ukraine in 1918, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is considered to be one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. The Orchestra has achieved world-wide recognition through its many international tours. The NSOU has given successful concert tours in Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, the UAE, the UK and the US.

Soloists to have performed with the NSOU include Artur Rubinstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, David Oistrakh, Svyatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Emil Gilels, Leonid Kogan, Gidon Kremer, Oleh Krysa, Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli and Juan Diego Flórez.

Since 1993, the NSOU has released more than 100 critically-acclaimed recordings featuring both Ukrainian and international repertoire. Most of these recordings have received the highest international acclaim. In 1994 the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) rated the NSOU’s recording of Borys Lyatoshynsky’s Symphonies No. 2 in B minor and No. 3 in B minor as ‘Best Recording of the Year’. The CD of Valentyn Sylvestrov’s Requiem for Larissa was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005. The CD of violin concertos by Ernest Bloch and Benjamin Lees was nominated for a Grammy Award four years later.

 

[2022]