The art songs of western Ukraine are a treasure to be enjoyed by every connoisseur of vocal music. Once again, Pavlo Hunka and friends bring to life recently discovered scores of Ukrainian composers. Experience a world of music and poetry by the late romantic Denys Sichynsky, post-romantic Stanyslav Liudkevych, impressionist Vasyl Barvinsky and the modernist Stefania Turkewich. Listen and be amazed!
6 CDs, 103 songs, over 5 hours of beautiful music
"One of the most significant recordings in recent times; this will quickly take its place in the world of classical art song recordings"
-Richard Bradshaw, General Director, Canadian Opera Company
Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861) – ‘From Poetry to Art Song' (1CD)
Shevchenko's voice is simply the voice of the Ukrainian nation. He transformed vernacular Ukrainian into the modern, cultivated language that it is today. He inspired generations of Ukrainian composers to write art songs based on his poetry. To date, the Ukrainian Art Song Project has recorded the art songs of 7 of Ukraine’s greatest composers. All 7 are represented on this disc celebrating the 200th anniversary of Shevchenko’s birth.
Kyrylo Stetsenko (1882-1922)
Composer, priest, publicist. Stetsenko’s art songs display a stunning array of emotions from impassioned patriotism, bitter irony and cruel disappointment to hopeful yearning, ardent love and peaceful reflection. The melody in Stetsenko’s art songs reflects the poetic soul of a nation. A Romantic par excellence!
Mykola Lysenko (1842-1912)
The father of modern, Ukrainian classical music. The first to introduce art songs to Ukrainian cultural life with ‘Solitude’, composed in 1868 while studying at the Leipzig Conservatoire in Germany. Lysenko’s 44 years of composing art songs produced 133 art song which reflect 4 major artistic movements: Romanticism, Impressionism, Expressionism and Modernism. A Giant of Ukrainian classical music!
Yakiv Stepovyi (1883-1921)
Composer, imperial choirboy. The first Ukrainian composer to avoid direct use of folk material in his art songs. Largely an Expressionist, Stepovyi did not shy away from expressing naturalistic life, but through exquisite melody. Think Balzac, Flaubert, Poe, Dostoyevsky, Zola!