About Journey to Freedom
Until Ukraine’s independence in 1991, the result of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, many of the composers on this CD were presented in Europe, Asia and the Americas as Russians. This has now ended. The recent tragic events in Ukraine have further cemented Ukraine as a historical nation still defending its integrity and survival. Journey to Freedom is a reflection of this struggle and the first compendium of works for violin and piano on CD written exclusively by Ukrainian composers over the course of a century. The program features violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv in stunning performances full of passion and commitment.
The music on this CD represents many of the styles and currents that dominated in the years 1919 to 2014: from Kosenko’s unabashed late romanticism and Lyatoshynsky’s expressionistic masterpiece – his Violin Sonata, Op. 19 – to the 1960’s neofolklorism of Myroslav Skoryk; Yevhen Stankovych’s romantic blending of lyric expressionism and ethnographic sources; the cool neoclassicism of Ivan Karabits; and the expressive structuralism of Alexander Shchetynsky’s current music. The program includes the Post scriptum sonata (in the composer’s words “a post script to Mozart, and more generally, to classicism”) by Ukraine’s most celebrated composer Valentyn Silvestrov described by Arvo Pärt as “one of the greatest composers of our time.”
Ukraine – Journey to Freedom is produced by Labor Records with Heiner Stadler, distributed by NAXOS of America, recorded by five-time Grammy Award winner Judith Sherman on July 6-9, 2015 at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City, and released on February 12, 2016 on iTunes and Amazon.
Ukraine – Journey to Freedom A Century of Classical Music for Violin and Piano.
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Romanticism, Expressionism, the New Folklorism and Postmodernism in Ukranian violin and piano music performed by Solomiya Ivakhiv in her debut recording on Labor Records, distributed by NAXOS of America.