Hello everyone. I am trying these days to squeeze in a quick post where I can, and I think this is a rather interesting one.
Ever since the recent Gliere/Stankovych post I have had Stankovych on my mind, but really no time to try and locate my other discs by Mister Yevhen. This morning I found this Consonance disc, under a stack of Gramophone magazines in my closet :) I will **try** to add information for this wonderful release tonight. I will say quickly that I prefer the mysterious "Chamber Symphony No. 2" and the charming "The Night Before Christmas" (from Gogol's stories Nights on a Khutor near Dikanka") radio play over the "Symphony of Pastorals", which is more of an extended violin concerto. I do like "..Pastorals" as well, it is just that to this day I find that I must warm up to it - each time I listen that is. Then again I have played the other two works much more.
I find the opening of the Chamber Symphony especially enchanting with its distant, shofar-like call from the flute (I have always wondered if it's a bass flute; my ears have been of little help!) and then briefly a couple other winds. The is wonderful music.. as is the cheerful, lighter music of the Radio Play.
1)Symphony of Pastorals in D Minor (35:50)
2)Chamber Symphony No. 2 (15:42)
3)Music for the Radio Play "The Night Before Christmas" (11:15)
Again I hope to add the info tonight, as well as get to visitor comments. Thank you for your patience
Enjoy this discovery!