Ukraine - 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 and pianist Angelina Gadeliya 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.”
The dynamic Ivakhiv-Gadeliya Duo has performed in venues and festivals across the US to high critical acclaim, including the MATI Series at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City, the Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, and Merkin Concert Hall in NYC. Comprised of violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv and pianist Angelina Gadeliya, the duo has been hailed for its “contemplative and sophisticated” playing. Collaborations have included artists such as members of the Emerson Quartet, members of the New York Philharmonic, pianist Gilbert Kalish, and violinists Ani Kavafian and Pamela Frank.