more sounds of Ukraine
Valentin Silvestrov (1937-), Requiem for Larissa (1997-1998, written for the composer’s wife); National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, National Academic Choir of Ukraine, live, Kiev, 2000
In this world of too much, too fast, too loud, something slow and deliberate can seem subversive.
sounds of Ukraine
How about something quiet, delicate, beautiful?
Valentin Silvestrov (1937-), Post-scriptum (1990); Movses Pogossian (violin), Alexei Lubimov (piano), live, Los Angeles, 2016
Floating on a Marsh
by Wang Wei (701-61), translated from Chinese by David Young
the sky huge and clear
the marsh miles from farms and houses
overjoyed by the cranes
standing around the sandbars
the mountains above the clouds in the distance
in the dusk
the white moon overhead
I let my boat drift free tonight
I can’t go home.