Daniel Rowland | Borys Fedorov

The Messenger

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Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917293920
Catnr: CC 72939
Release date: 25 November 2022
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Challenge Classics
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CC 72939
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25 November 2022
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Alfred Schnittke and Arvo Pärt have both called the Ukrainian Valentyn Silvestrov "one of the greatest composers of our time”. He is also one of its true originals; though a leading figure in the former Soviet Union’s avant-garde in the 1960s, he subsequently came to realise that "the most important lesson of the avant-garde was to be free of all preconceived ideas – particularly those of the avant-garde. Over time, Silvestrov’s compositional practice evolved into what he would come to call his “metaphorical style” or “meta-music”. The composer wishes his works to be seen as “codas” to musical history: “I do not write new music. My music is a response to and an echo of what already exists.”

Valentyn Silvestrov: Music is still song, even if one cannot literally sing it: it is not a philosophy, not a world-view. It is, above all, a chant, a song the world sings about itself, it is the musical testimony to life.
Daniel Rowland: I do not know of another composer who writes with this degree of intimacy - his timeless melodies, often barely a whisper, are consoling, haunting, full of nostalgia and mystery.

Borys Fedorov: To escape from the oppressive bustle, to immerse yourself in the magical world of silence, like a highly sensitive antenna picking up the subtlest vibrations of the universe, which immediately resonate in the soul, giving renewal and enlightenment. Such unique possibilities are opened up in music by Valentyn Silvestrov, a great artist and a great humanist! Playing his music requires a special filigree and jewel-like precision, as well as spirituality and freedom...
Alfred Schnittke und Arvo Pärt haben den Ukrainer Valentyn Silvestrov als "einen der größten Komponisten unserer Zeit" bezeichnet. Obwohl er in den 1960er Jahren eine führende Figur der Avantgarde in der ehemaligen Sowjetunion war, erkannte er später, dass "die wichtigste Lektion der Avantgarde darin bestand, sich von allen vorgefassten Meinungen zu befreien - insbesondere von denen der Avantgarde." Im Laufe der Zeit entwickelte sich Silvestrovs kompositorische Praxis zu dem, was er seinen "metaphorischen Stil" oder seine "Metamusik" nennen würde. Der Komponist möchte, dass seine Werke als "Codas" der Musikgeschichte gesehen werden: "Ich schreibe keine neue Musik. Meine Musik ist eine Antwort auf und ein Echo von dem, was bereits existiert."

Valentyn Silvestrov: Musik ist immer noch Gesang, auch wenn man sie nicht buchstäblich singen kann: Sie ist keine Philosophie, keine Weltanschauung. Sie ist vor allem ein Gesang, ein Lied, das die Welt über sich selbst singt, sie ist das musikalische Zeugnis des Lebens.
Daniel Rowland: Ich kenne keinen anderen Komponisten, der mit einem solchen Grad an Intimität schreibt - seine zeitlosen Melodien, oft kaum ein Flüstern, sind tröstlich, eindringlich, voller Nostalgie und Geheimnis.

Borys Fedorov: Der bedrückenden Hektik zu entfliehen, in die magische Welt der Stille einzutauchen, wie eine hochempfindliche Antenne, die die feinsten Schwingungen des Universums aufnimmt, die sofort in der Seele nachhallen und dort für Erneuerung und Erleuchtung sorgen. Solche einzigartigen Möglichkeiten eröffnet die Musik von Valentyn Silvestrov, einem großen Künstler und Humanisten! Seine Musik zu spielen erfordert eine besondere Filigranität und juwelengleiche Präzision, aber auch Spiritualität und Freiheit...

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Dutch/English violinist Daniel Rowland’s playing has been acclaimed as “wonderful, ravishing in its finesse” by The Guardian, “totally and truly charismatic” by Beeld, while The Herald praised his “astonishing sound and uniquely single-minded intensity”.

Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, charismatic and adventurous performer. Concerto performances in recent seasons have included Philip Glass with Orchestre de Picardie, Bernstein with the Princeton and Columbus Symphony Orchestras, Schnittke in Finland, Vivaldi/Piazzolla Seasons with the Ulster Orchestra and the world premiere of the Rogowsky Violin Concerto with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. Daniel will soon appear with the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra in Mexico to give the very first performance of the Michel van der Aa Violin Concerto in that region. He also looks forward to returning to the USA to work with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra again in 2020.

He has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, most notably the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg and the Gulbenkian in Lisbon. He has collaborated with noted conductors such as Andrei Boreiko, Djanzug Khakidze, Viktor Liberman, Lawrence Foster, Heinz Holliger, Francois Xavier Roth, Rossen Milanov, Anthony Hermes and Jaap van Zweden.

A passionate chamber musician, Daniel has performed with artists as diverse as Ivry Gitlis, Polina Leschenko, Heinz Holliger, Dawn Upshaw, Gilles Apap, Alexander Lonquich, Marcelo Nisinman, Michael Collins, Nicolas Daniel, Lars Vogt, Willard White and Elvis Costello. He is a frequent guest at foremost international chamber music festivals such as Kuhmo, Stellenbosch, Risor, Sonoro, Beethoven Festival Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Chiemgau and Osnabrück. The Stift International Music Festival, of which he is the founder and artistic director, saw its fifteenth edition in August 2019.

Daniel forms an acclaimed recital duo with pianist Natacha Kudritskaya. Their recording ‘Les années folles’ (Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc, Gershwin & Antheil) for Gutman Records was released in June ’15 and was followed by their disc of Enescu violin/piano works for Champs Hill Records in November ’16, with a new Franck/Chausson release coming shortly. Daniel and the superb Serbian/French cellist Maja Bogdanovic also perform together regularly as a duo, with engagements in the USA and at many of Europe’s leading festivals. Daniel is also a founding member of the contemporary tango quintet ‘ChamberJam’.

Until May 2019, Daniel was first violinist of the renowned Brodsky Quartet. During his twelve years with them they toured extensively worldwide and made many recordings, mostly for Chandos. In March 2016 the Brodsky Quartet recorded the complete Shostakovich quartets, live at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, to rave reviews.

Daniel is professor of violin at the Royal College of Music in London and an International Visiting Artist at RIAM in Dublin. He plays the “Ex-Rode” Guarneri del Gesù violin (Cremona ca. 1736), kindly on loan from the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.

Daniel was born in London, and started his violin lessons in Enschede after his parents moved to Twente in the eastern Netherlands. He studied with Jan Repko, Davina van Wely, Herman Krebbers, Viktor Liberman and Igor Oistrakh. Meeting Ivry Gitlis in 1995 was of great significance, leading to lessons in Paris and, later, to musical collaborations. Daniel’s competition successes include first prize at the 1995 Oskar Back competition at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Brahms Prize in Baden-Baden.

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