Valentin Silvestrov. Photo: Najib Nafid/Hollandse Hoogte.

Nordic Voices & Gryphon Piano Trio

Ukrainian rhapsodies

Thursday, 22 September, at 21:00–22:00
150–250 kr

A moving and profound musical celebration in solidarity with Ukraine.

Valentin Silvestrov: Fugitive Visions of Mozart (2007)
Henrik Hellstenius: My Different I’s (2022)
Bohdana Frolyak: How War changed Rondo (2022, WP)
Valentin Silvestrov: Postlude DSCH (1981–82)
Farewell, O World! Farewell, O Earth! (1999)
- arr. Bohdana Frolyak (2022, WP)
Valentin Silvestrov: Prayer for Ukraine (2014)
- arr. Bohdana Frolyak (2022, WP)

Valentin Silvestrov (b. 1937) is one of the world’s best known living composers – and not just because he comes from Ukraine. His typically meditative, melancholy and harmonically ravishing music (much recorded on the ECM label) is loved by fans of Gorecki and Arvo Part.

His music will be performed by Nordic Voices and Canadian piano trio Gryphon (whose cellist, Roman Borys, has Ukrainian roots). They will perform a selection of his works, some of them haunted by the ghosts of earlier composers (Mozart and Shostakovich). 

Silvestrov’s Farewell, O World! Farewell, O Earth! is the final movement of his 1999 Requiem for Larissa, in a new arrangement by a younger Ukrainian composer, Bohdana Frolyak (b. 1968), whose piece How the War changed Rondo is also performed tonight by the trio. Frolyak is considered one of the leading lights of the new generation of Ukrainian composers.

Nordic Voices and Gryphon will also perform a new piece commissioned from Norwegian composer Henrik Hellstenius. My Different I’s involves a range of extended techniques and large dynamic range of voices and instruments.

Both Valentin Silvestrov and Bohdana Frolyak will be present at this concert.

Nordic Voices. Photo: Fredrik Arff.

Gryphon Trio. Foto: Daniel Ehrenworth.

Nordic Voices & Gryphon Trio. Photo:

Nordic Voices

  • Tone Elisabeth Braaten, Ingrid Hanken, Ebba Rydh, Per Kristian Amundrød, Frank Havrøy, Rolf Magne Asser

Gryphon Trio

  • Annalee Patipatanakoon, Roman Borys, Jamie Parker

In collaboration with

  • Nordic Voices, Gryphon Trio, Margaretakyrkan

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