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Tenderness, nostalgia, emotional impulse, and patriotic epic – all these elements are combined in the new release of solo songs by the composer Nestor Nyzhankivskyi (1893-1940). In the composer's oeuvre, the genre of vocal lyricism holds the second place after piano works. He turned to this genre throughout his creative journey. Soprano Liliya Kostruba and pianist Myroslav Drahan recorded and released an album in November 2013 dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the composer's birth, which includes seven unique works. Today, we are delighted to share them with the listeners of the Ukrainian Live Classic app.
Listen to how the present sounds right now exclusively on the Ukrainian Live Classic app.
As part of the Ukrainian Live strategy to promote Ukrainian music, the "Music of Young Lviv Composers" project once again took place within the walls of the Lviv Organ Hall. This event presented works composed by students of the Composition Department at the Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy. Annually, this project inspires dozens of talented young artists to creative achievements and introduces the public to new composer names. The release of their music, performed at the Organ Hall concert, is the final link in a major project that includes concert performance, recording, and promotion.

Listen to how the present sounds right now exclusively on the Ukrainian Live Classic app.
Experience a burst of vibrant impressions from the fresh and bright Concerto-Collage for Symphony Orchestra by the young generation contemporary Kharkiv composer, Volodymyr Bohatyrov.
The Concerto-Collage was created by the composer in the summer of 2021 as a diploma work. Volodymyr Bohatyrov mentions that this piece marks the conclusion of his phase as a student-composer and a kind of “farewell” to the postmodern stylistic approach. The concerto consists of three movements (Scherzo, Barcarole, and Toccata). The collage aspect is not achieved through explicit themes or quotations but rather through allusions to certain intonational and genre models.
How do contemporary Ukrainian artists hear the voice of their ancestors? Young generation composers, whose works were performed at the Lviv Organ Hall in April 2024, tried to answer this question. Among them is Dmytro Malyi - a composer, pianist, PHD in art studies, laureate of international composers competitions in Ukraine, the USA, and Austria, a senior lecturer in the departments of music theory, composition, and instrumentation, and a concertmaster of the department of solo singing and opera training at the Ivan Kotlyarevskyi National University of Arts in Kharkiv. The program featured two of his works - the concert overture "Ancestors Land" and the piece for orchestra "Three Words About Kolomyika."
With joy and excitement, with trembling and incredible pleasure, we present in the Ukrainian Live Classic app the recording of the world premiere of Symphony No. 3 "Victorious" by contemporary composer Zoltan Almashi. The piece was commissioned by the Lviv Organ Hall and is dedicated to it. Zoltan Almashi's new symphony is a brief emotion, and at the same time, a whole spectrum of moods and feelings that Ukrainians have been experiencing for the third year in a row, since Russia brazenly invaded our land and terrorizes Ukrainians day and night. 
Introducing the first music release of the contemporary composer and arranger Mykhailo Romanyshyn in the Ukrainian Live project! Experience the connection with nature through the music of the original "Nature Symphony."

In his work, the composer raises some important questions and combines several ideas and musical directions. 
The depth of meaning, the mystical timbre of the organ, the sense of instability, concealment, and fragility converge in the work "The Power of the Powerless" by the contemporary Lviv composer Ostap Manulyak. This is music on the edge of time, the leading idea of which is extremely relevant for Ukrainians who are currently defending truth and justice: on the battlefield, on diplomatic arenas, in the spheres of history, culture, and art.
Exclusive music in the Ukrainian Live Classic app. Listen to the recording from the world premiere of the organ piece by the renowned contemporary composer Leonid Hrabovskyi, which took place in January of this year at the Lviv Organ Hall. The talented organist from Berlin, Jakobus Gladziwa, performed the grand and unconventional composition "STR-O(r)GAN," created with the help of special software used by Leonid Hrabovskyi.
The music of the contemporary composer Svyatoslav Lunyov is cosmic! Skillful, intellectual, cinematic, universal, its depth captivates from the first to the last sound. Rarely can one hear avant-garde music infused with such sensitivity and aesthetics as in Sviatoslav Luniov's works. And this week, lovers of Ukrainian music have the opportunity to fully enjoy this unique art, thanks to the release of instrumental pieces by the composer, written approximately between 1995 and 2010.
We honor the memory of the Ukrainian composer, pianist, and musicologist Oleksandr Kozarenko (1963-2023), presenting to the wide audience one of the most significant works of the composer – the chamber opera "Time of Repentance" (1997) for soloists and orchestra, based on the verses of Ukrainian poets of the XVII-XVIII centuries. The idea of the opera is embedded by the composer in its very title: through experiencing sorrow and grief, acceptance, purification of thoughts, prayer, and finally, repentance, a person gets a chance to save their soul. The contemporary musical language of the opera serves as a guide from the lines of Ukrainian baroque poets to current philosophical-theological questions. 
"Kolomyikas are like a scattered necklace of pearls that roll from place to place, sparkling, attracting with their brilliance... Here are tears and joys, worries and amusements, serious thoughts and jokes of our people, their life from cradle to grave, their traditions and beliefs, their social and ethical ideals," wrote Ivan Franko. Such contrasts erupt in Mykola Kolessa's instrumental cycle "Three Kolomyikas," inspired by the nature and culture of the Carpathian inhabitants. Here, the virtuoso-improvisational violin part recalls the techniques of folk music-making, and the melody and form chosen by the composer transform the three kolomyikas into original concert pieces.
Fantasy, creativity, eloquence, and emotion converge in selected works by Oleh Bezborodko, each of which has already gained recognition and even state awards.
Oleh Bezborodko's orchestral music astonishes and captivates. Why is his "Concerto Grosso ma non molto" literally "not very large"? What is the musical embodiment of the path to Kaniv - the eternal resting place of Taras Shevchenko? And how do fanfares and fugue sound when performed by a wind orchestra?
To answer these and other questions, tune in to our fresh release and explore contemporary Ukrainian classics.
We present a selection of works by the contemporary composer Lesya Dychko performed by the Lviv Municipal Choir "Homin." The Rhapsody "Dumka" to the words of Taras Shevchenko and excerpts from the cantata "Chervona Kalyna" are a synergy of music and words, a combination of traditional and contemporary elements, an exploration of Ukrainian history, and the realm of sensitive lyricism. Both of Dychko's compositions represent the pinnacle of her early creative period, becoming a phenomenon in Ukrainian choral culture. Don't waste time and discover these choral masterpieces, skillfully crafted and emotionally performed with Ukraine in the heart.
We are excited to present the results of the second major collaboration between the Lviv Organ Hall and the Ivan Kotlyarevskyi National University of Arts in Kharkiv. This project features recordings from the concert "Music of Iron and Concrete", which took place on December 14, 2023 at the Lviv Organ Hall.
This is the music of the present day, music of passion and struggle, music of resilience and unbreakability. These are works written by Kharkiv composers in the iron-concrete hero city of Kharkiv in 2022-2023. These heartfelt, sincere and original compositions are the voice of a young generation of Ukrainian artists who call for the fight for freedom, peace and a happy future.
The piece is unique as it was created by the Galician composer in the Mordovian camps, where he, along with his wife, served a sentence due to false accusations. The music of pain and faith, memories and hope, came alive on the stage of the Organ Hall in the performance of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Luhansk Regional Philharmonic, the renowned Lviv soloist Denys Lytvynenko, and conductor Ivan Ostapovych. "It is impossible to find a more appropriate time, way, and occasion to perform this music than right now, and right here," says Taras Demko, co-director of the Lviv Organ Hall and Ukrainian Live Strategy.
"Elegia Hrebenica" for organ and strings was written by Zoltan Almashi upon the creative request of the Lviv Organ Hall in 2020. Dedicated to his father, the renowned Lviv violinist Gabor Almashi, this piece serves as a musical memory for the composer, recalling the last memorable moments with his dearest person. The mysterious sound of the organ, virtuoso and expressive violin and cello solos – each detail of the score carries its symbolic significance. The listener immediately perceives and embraces the composer's story closer to the heart. That is why "Elegia Hrebenica" is profoundly moving and captivating with its sincerity from the very first notes.
The world of dreams is endless, elusive, and mysterious. Ivan Ostapovych invites you into the realm of Morpheus with his symphony "Tree of Dreams". According to the author, each part of the symphony is a separate dream that emerges from nowhere and fades into nothingness. Calm and measured, it is a meditative state music. The symphony, titled poetically as "The Tree of Dreams," compels the listener to surrender to their own feelings and imagination. Because, in our dreams, there are truly hidden so many hints and answers.
We are publishing an article by composer Leonid Hrabovskyi.
"In 1968, I was heading to the end of my first modern period (1962-1970) marked by influence of Polish avant-garde school from app. 1956-1965 (it were the Sturm und Drang  days for Krzysztof Penderecki, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Kazimierz Serocki, Bogusław Schäffer, mature but questing for novelty Witold Lutosławski, and others) and especially the idea of the sonoristic epoch of music history that is coming to fully eliminate the remnants of tonal-homophone era. That idea has been proclaimed by musicologist Tadeusz Zieliński in his article that appeared in October 1963 in the Polish magazine Ruch muzyczny. His prophesies about pitch factor descending now from its supreme role in the music paradigm into secondary and inactive one seemed to have some reason when one turns to the music reality of the time..."
We are publishing an article by pianist and musicologist Severyn Gundyak, who has been researching the work of the little-known Ukrainian composer of the 20th century Yaroslav Vereshchagin for several years.

Last year, Severyn turned to the team of the Lviv Organ Hall, which has been implementing the Ukrainian Live strategy for over four years. And already in autumn, the pianist played two concerts in the Organ Hall, which were recorded and published in the world's first application with Ukrainian classics.

The musician plans to perform all of Yaroslav Vereshchagin's piano works. In the meantime, read Severyn Gundyak's article about the compositions that you can already listen to on the Ukrainian Live Classic application. 
Ishtvan Marton (1923-1996), a prominent composer and musical figure from Zakarpattia (Transcarpathia), whose name is engraved not only in the history of the region but also in Ukrainian music of the 20th century as a whole. Firstly, Marton nurtured several generations of composers, performers, and future leaders of musical ensembles. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Marton possessed unique skills and an approach to education characterized by significant artistic freedom. Secondly, the versatility and scale of his talent transcended styles, traditions, and even countries, including the region of Zakarpattia. Hence, his music organically blended various national musical sources: Ukrainian, German, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian, Swabian, Gypsy, and Jewish motifs. Ishtvan Marton ardently advocated for the development of musical art and left a noticeable mark on the musical life of Ukraine.
Concerto for Piano by Mykhailo Skorulskyi is an underrated page of the Ukrainian artistic heritage. A contemporary of Viktor Kosenko, a promoter of professional music education in Ukraine, Skorulskyi remains largely unknown to the general public, and his music still awaits its "high time". The piano concerto was performed in the 1950s and 1960s. Since then, the piece has not been performed on the stages, and its scores existed only in manuscript form, never published. Perhaps that's why so few musicians are familiar with the Concerto.
It's not the first time that the newly discovered score has come to life on the stage of the Lviv Organ Hall. The sheet music of Skorulskyi's Piano Concerto was discovered in Kyiv archives and handed over to the performers by the sponsors of the Ukrainian Live project. In the recording presented in the Ukrainian Live Classic mobile app, the piece was performed by the Luhansk Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and soloist Andriy Makarevych under the conducting of Ivan Ostapovych.
The most magical time of the year is impossible to imagine without the appropriate musical accompaniment. For some people, New Year's time is associated with American jazz, for others - with traditional carols, and ABBA`s recordings. But we at Ukrainian Live have simplified this task and selected the best festive music from the Ukrainian Live Classic app!

You may ask, what does Ukrainian Christmas sound like?

Authentically. Ukrainian folk song tradition is, without exaggeration, one of the richest and oldest. And a huge part of this tradition is inextricably linked with calendar and ritual genres. The 18th-century chant "Adam sat before gates of Paradise", the chorus from the musical picture "Vechornytsi" by Petro Nishchynskyi, and the choruses from the cycle "Barbivska Koliada" by Hanna Havrylets are based on the motifs of the original national folklore.
"Shchedryk" by the Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych, also known as "Carol of the Bells," is a true symbol of Christmas and a beloved melody for millions of people around the world. To create his "Shchedryk," Leontovych used the motif of an ancient Ukrainian carol that sings about the beginning of the year. In the past, our ancestors celebrated the new year in spring, which is why the carol mentions the twittering of a swallow. Remarkably, from a short and archaic folk tune, the composer created a true masterpiece that brings a sense of wonder and touches every heart.

To envelop you in the holiday spirit, we invite you to listen to a playlist where we have gathered four arrangements of the legendary "Shchedryk" performed by a choir, orchestra, and even an organ. Among them is an exclusive recording by the original performers of "Shchedryk" - the Ukrainian Republican Capella under the direction of Oleksandr Koshyts.
A talented educator, wise leader, respectful critic, and outstanding lyricist of the 20th century – this is how the world should have remembered the composer Vasyl Barvinskyi (1888-1963) if not for the bloodthirsty Soviet regime that ruined the fate of the "composer without notes". The new release of Barvinskyi's instrumental music on the Ukrainian Live Classic app once again demonstrates the magnitude of Barvinskyi's talent and the organic nature of his music in the European context. 
We are happy to introduce a new composer in the Ukrainian Live Calssic! This week, the pantheon of Ukrainian composers represented in the project has been enriched by an exceptionally bright personality whose talent will be a discovery for many listeners – Kyiv native, student of Myroslav Skoryk, and long-time editor of the "Musical Ukraine" publishing house, Yaroslav Vereshchahin (1948-1999). The release of his piano music in the Ukrainian Live Classic app is dedicated to the composer's birthday on December 8th.
The art of life that thrives on Earth, the sounds of trees, water, grass, and wind, where even inanimate nature has its own resonance and unique dynamics. Listen to the piece performed by Ensemble Musikfabrik from the German city of Cologne – renowned interpreters of contemporary music. This ensemble is well-versed in contemporary music, often commissioning new works and collaborating closely with composers while also showing interest in interdisciplinary artistic projects.
This is Galician romance of the early 20th century – exceptionally refined, sensitive, and lyrical. As a brilliant violinist and violin teacher, composer Levytskyi created a series of vivid pieces for this instrument, each of which impresses with its perfection and melodiousness. We are confident that after listening to Levytskyi's Nocturne, you will want to delve deeper into the violin-piano magic of Ukrainian music. In that case, we invite you to the YouTube channel Ukrainian Live Classic, where, performed by the duo of Lydia Futorska and Marharyta Holovko, you will find many more beautiful works by Ukrainian composers that will captivate your heart.
In the literary heritage of Ukraine, there is nothing more profound and refined in both depth and form than the poetry of Taras Shevchenko. The universality of Shevchenko's words reveals itself more fully over time, and their relevance persists even today. Furthermore, the works of the great Kobzar have always been an endless source of inspiration and creative reflection for Ukrainian composers. In the oratorio "Passions for Taras" (2013) for soloists, choir, and orchestra, our contemporary, Yevhen Stankovych, managed to clothe Shevchenko's verses in extraordinary sonic attire, emphasizing the depth, sensitivity, and symbolism of each word.
Levko Revutskyi (1889-1977) was a Ukrainian composer of the 20th century, an educator, and a musical figure. His works include two symphonies, two piano concertos, the cantata-poem "Khustyna," piano pieces, and arrangements of folk songs.
The composer skillfully developed the methods of Mykola Lysenko and Mykola Leontovych, which involved the natural integration of musical folklore with the harmonious thinking of the late 19th century. Levko Revutskyi also enriched Ukrainian music with individual stylistic innovations. His style was based on a deep and comprehensive understanding of national melodies.

Spiritual music
Viktor Stepurko

Ukrainian music for everyday playlist

Listen to contemporary Ukrainian choral music in the Ukrainian Live Classic app. This week we present an album of sacral works by our contemporary Viktor Stepurko, who is known primarily as a choral composer. He devoted his doctoral thesis to the modern Ukrainian avant-garde and the subconscious influence of music, and his spiritual compositions go beyond any traditional frameworks and templates. 
The cycle of 10 arrangements of religious cantatas and psalms (1918) by researcher and conductor Oleksandr Koshyts (1875-1944) was created with great love for Ukrainian song. Each of these works, in Koshyts' skillful choral arrangements, captivates listeners with its sincerity and melody.
If you have been with the Ukrainian Live Classic project for a long time, you know how diverse and interesting Ukrainian musical culture is.
This week we offer you a selection for every mood and season.
These pieces "for every day" charge positive energy, balance, and enchant, without distracting from usual tasks.
On October 15th, the mobile application featuring Ukrainian classical music, Ukrainian Live Classic, celebrates its third anniversary. It was created to make Ukrainian music sound throughout the world.
The project operates within the framework of the strategy for popularizing Ukrainian classical music, implemented by the team of the Lviv Organ Hall.
"Today, as Ukraine is fighting against russian invaders and defending its national and cultural identity, Ukrainian musicians, composers, and cultural managers cannot stand aside. Therefore, while upholding universal values of freedom, we will speak about Ukrainian culture as loudly as possible," declares the project's team.
Symphony is one of the most popular genres of academic music. But have you ever heard a symphony for soprano, string orchestra, harpsichord and piano? And what about a symphony to a poetic text in Ukrainian? Make yourself more comfortable and turn on the exclusive recording of Symphony No. 4 by Oleksandr Kanerstein (1933-2006) in the Ukrainian Live Classic app. This work will turn your ideas about the symphony genre upside down and make you listen to every sound and every word from the beginning to its end. Only then is it possible to put together this musical-philosophical "puzzle", created by the composer from a thousand motifs, timbres, sound and dynamic effects.
Autumn Mood from Ukrainian Live Classic.
Turn on the new seasonal playlist that we've traditionally prepared for Ukrainian music lovers.
Autumn is a time of tranquility and a slowing down, a time for romantic evenings, long conversations, and deep contemplation. Listen to deep and profound, lyrical, and atmospheric music in the playlist featuring music by Lysenko, Barvinskyi, Kosenko, Voytenko, Ishchenko, and other composers. Piano, chamber music, symphonic, and choral pieces.Pianist and researcher Roman Repka shared his genuine surprise and his encounter with Dremliuha's Piano Concerto in January 2023.
Hlib Taranov (1904-1989) was a Ukrainian composer and music educator, a professor, a Doctor of Arts, the author of the first textbook "Course in Score Reading" and a theoretical monograph "History of Orchestral Styles". In his creative work, Hlib Taranov paid the most attention to orchestral compositions. The composer's oeuvre includes around thirty symphonic works, including symphonies, suites, symphonic poems, music for films, and more.

One of his programmatic works is the symphonic poem "Angara Lights".
The composer is not someone who knows how to write music; it is an artist who simply cannot help but write music. It's their life, a way of existence, communication, and self-expression. Mykola Dremliuha (1917-1998) was a composer whose heritage was remarkably prolific and numerous, and his professionalism left no doubts. So why do most of his works not resonate on the stages of contemporary Ukraine?
Pianist and researcher Roman Repka shared his genuine surprise and his encounter with Dremliuha's Piano Concerto in January 2023.
In early April 2023, a concert took place at the Lviv Organ Hall, where the music of the present day resonated: pieces by student composers created during the times of the full-scale russo-Ukrainian war.
"Music of Young Lviv Composers. Ukrainian Live" is a grand project of the Lviv Organ Hall in collaboration with the Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy, as part of the Ukrainian Live strategy to promote Ukrainian music. Bright examples of contemporary chamber music were presented by students of the academy.
The manuscript of the symphony, with which the performers worked, is a massive hardbound book with hundreds of pages, each meticulously and carefully filled with unique music. Created over 40 years ago by a young lecturer at the Lviv Conservatory, an ambitious composer who was interested in and experimented with various styles and genres of music – from avant-garde trends and innovative techniques to popular songs and theatrical music. Today, he is a professor and a laureate of the highest state awards. And his "musical book" titled "Symphony No.1" is heard in a fresh interpretation.
If we imagine a list of the top works of Ukrainian music, undoubtedly included would be Levko Revutskyi's Second Symphony. With hundreds of performances in various corners of the world, national awards and accolades, worldwide fame, and the love of listeners, Revutskyi's symphony is rightfully recognized as the finest work of Ukrainian symphonic music of the first half of the 20th century. The secret of the symphony lies in its masterful interweaving of folk songs and the composer's remarkable skill and creativity. 
Symphony is one of the leading genres for composer Hennadiy Lyashenko. As a music theorist, he knew in detail all the subtleties and peculiarities of the form, content and evolution of the symphony genre. It’s curiously that while studying at the Lviv Conservatory, Lyashenko was particularly interested in the late romantic era of symphonic music. But listening to his own works in this genre, it is difficult to say which period of the symphony's development inspired the composer the most: his devotion to tradition and creative autonomy can be seen at the same time.
On April 28, 2023, another historic premiere took place on the stage of the Lviv Organ Hall. The legendary vocal work by Mykhailo Verbytskyi, based on the play "Pidhiriany" by Ivan Hushalevych, was performed in a concert version featuring the Symphony Orchestra of the Luhansk Philharmonic, the male choir "Homin," and leading soloists from Lviv. Why is it considered legendary? Because in the second half of the 19th century, this production caused a sensation in Galicia: it was performed 70 times during Verbytskyi's lifetime alone, and in 1918, its 500th (!) performance took place in Kyiv. In 1865, the authors of "Pidhiriany" were awarded the first prize at a competition organized by the Theater Committee of the "Ruska Besida" Society in Lviv. 
If you didn't know that the author of the fantastic choral works presented in this week's UL Classic APP is Ukrainian composer Hanna Havrylets, you might think that this music was created by angels. Each piece by Havrylets, written on sacred texts, is truly imbued not only with wisdom, faith, and tranquility but also radiates spiritual light and love that touches every heart, regardless of place of residence or language of communication. The music transcends time and space, paying tribute to the memory of the outstanding Ukrainian artist Hanna Havrylets, with the exemplary performance of the "Kyiv" Chamber Choir, which everyone should hear. All of this is featured in the new release "Psalms and Prayers."
The sunny summer has finally come to us – the time of  light, warmth, holidays and vacations! But if today's realities don’t always allow you to fully enjoy this wonderful time, we recommend turning on our Summer Playlist to enjoy the warmest and most positive tracks of Ukrainian Live Classic app. Almashi, Bezborodko, Kolessa, Kolodub and Lyudkevych – this is far from a complete list of composers whose vocal, piano, choral and symphonic works were included in the collection, which gives a feeling of joy and carelessness.
Oleksandr Znosko-Borovskyi is a composer of extraordinary talent, diligence, and professionalism. His musical legacy is rich and diverse, and we should continue to discover it for many years to come.

The Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1951-1955) was written by Znosko-Borovskyi in the post-war period, characterized by his exploration of Ukrainian themes. Additionally, these years marked the flourishing of the concerto genre, with the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 26, being the first notable example. This music is based on national foundations, incorporating melodies from Ukrainian folklore, but in a bold and entirely innovative form. Almost simultaneously with the Concerto, the composer wrote other violin works: the First Sonata for Solo Violin (1950) and the "Ukrainian Suite" for Violin and Piano, Op. 28 (1951), which are also connected to folk themes.
The fantasy world of a post-apocalyptic future belongs to clones of human predecessors who suffer from the effects of climate change and nuclear war and who know nothing about humanity's past. It is the end that becomes the beginning. But even the harsh life of the tribes of the future has not fallen as low as the distorted moral values of the era in which we live. The French poet and novelist Michel Houellebecq reflects on this in one of his best novels, "The Possibility of an Island" (French: La Possibilité d'une île) (2005). The author of the book did not limit himself to the literary version of his story and decided to continue it in the movie, creating a fantastic film of the same name in 2008.
“The possibility of an Island” for piano and string orchestra (2011) by the composer Oleksiy Voitenko is a musical and philosophical look at the work of Houellebecq, whose poetry became a logical epigraph to the score.
Our contemporary, pianist, musicologist, and composer Oleksandr Kozarenko, from the beginning of his career, pleased the public with his unique approach to creating music. In his music, he includes unbreakable traditions and bold fantasies, simple lyrics and extravagance, logic, and equanimity. Moreover, he combines all of that with extreme emotionality. In the Violin Concerto (1994), the composer once again offers exclusive musical findings. The violin concerto is the first symphonic piece, it was the diploma work of Kozarenko, who studied composing under Myroslav Skoryk. The work on this three-part concerto lasted about five years. During this time, the composer tested himself in symphonic genres and even created several interesting pieces. According to musicologist Stefania Pavlyshyn, the features characteristic of the composer's mature style already appear in Violin Concerto - "an attraction to Ukrainian folklore, primarily Hutsul, and a special artistry tailored for the "audience". 
Sometimes in spring, the weather changes literally every hour. Blustery winds, warm sun, heavy rain, or even a hailstorm - such changes are not liked by many. Unlike art, which a person seeks to experience a wide palette of emotions and impressions in the shortest possible time. How about an unexpected combination of romance, sadness, joy, despair, inspiration and self-absorption in one piece of music? Just spend half an hour listening to Dmytro Klebanov's Quartet No. 6 and you are guaranteed to be in the mood to live and survive in this turbulent world.

The last of the six string quartets by Kharkiv composer Dmytro Klebanov, composed in the late 60s of the last century, was written for two violins, viola and cello. It is important that it fully reveals both the ensemble and solo characteristics of each instrument. The four-movement cycle does indeed contain many contrasts.
The life of the Ukrainian composer of the 17th century, Mykola Dyletskyi, is a story with many unknowns. Therefore, the music speaks more eloquently than any words about the exceptional talent of this person - original, skillful, emotional and restrained at the same time. A true professional and a person of broad views, Dyletskyi actively mastered European musical techniques, which he combined with Slavic traditions and intonation. Dyletskyi's legacy is dominated by works for 2 choirs, in which the principles of the Italian (mostly Roman) and Polish schools are combined with vivid national color. As evidenced by Dyletskyi's treatise "Musical Grammar," the author was equally familiar with folk music, traditions of church monophonic (single-voice) singing, more straightforward forms of polyphony based on it, and the achievements of European composers from Josquin and Palestrina to Schütz. All this created a strong foundation for the innovation of the "Resurrection Canon."
A special place in the musical legacy of Mykhailo Skorulskyi is occupied by the ballet "Forest Song". The composer was captivated by the plot of the poetic drama-fairy tale by Lesya Ukrainka "Forest Song" - one of the most outstanding works of Ukrainian literature, which captivates with its humanism, high ethical pathos, and is imbued with a passionate faith in the poetry of life and the human impulse towards the beautiful.

Lesya Ukrainka created "Forest Song" in 1911. At that time, due to a serious illness, she was forced to live in Kutaisi, Georgia. Far from her homeland, the poetess wrote a work imbued with the charms of her native nature, memories of those days when she was still a girl listening to Volyn legends and tales.

   

Scientists have proven that our brain loves to acquire new knowledge. And learning more about the cultural achievements of our country and its figures is not only useful but also extremely valuable and inspiring information. We are uncovering lesser-known pages of Ukrainian music and introducing listeners to the works of composer Borys Yarovynskyi (1922-2000), who was part of the Kharkiv School and originally from Poltava.

As the first piece in the Ukrainian Live project, we present his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra - a melodious, interesting, and extraordinary work that will leave no listener indifferent.
"Franz Joseph Land" (2012) is a creative piece for a contemporary orchestra by composer Oleksandr Shchetynskyi, created as a tribute to Vienna classicist Joseph Haydn. The idea to write a piece dedicated to Haydn was proposed by conductor Mykola Dyadyura. The premiere did not take long to happen: the piece was performed by the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine under the baton of Dyadyura at the opening of the International Year of Haydn in Ukraine (on the occasion of the composer's 280th birthday).
"The name of the work arose only after its completion. Not everyone knows that Haydn's full name is Franz Joseph...
Heorhiy Maiboroda's "Spring Symphony" is truly a reliable remedy for boredom and spring avitaminosis, as it combines everything that inspires, excites, and brings one back to life. The voluminous and uplifting sound of the symphonic orchestra envelops the listener like a warm wind, and the expressive melodies enchant and paint in the mind the landscapes of Ukrainian spring. Born in the territory of the Middle Dnieper region, Maiboroda lived in Zaporizhzhya for several years, and with the beginning of his studies at the Kyiv Conservatory, he moved to Kyiv, which from that moment on became his home. Thus, the beauty of Ukrainian nature always surrounded the composer and was most brightly manifested in his symphonic music.
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Amidst the solemn fanfare of trumpets and French horns, flute trills and whistles, and violin tremolos, one of the most prominent representatives of the Odesa compositional school, Kostiantyn Dankevych (1905-1984), burst into the Ukrainian Live project.

Symphony No. 2 is a grand cycle about heroism, courage, memories, and the homeland. On a unique 1960 recording, the symphony is performed by the Ukrainian Radio Orchestra under the baton of Yevhen Dushchenko, a colleague of Dankevych at the Odesa Conservatory.

The symphony was written by Kostiantyn Dankevych after returning from Tbilisi, where he was evacuated during World War II. The work on the symphony began in 1944 and was completed in 1945.
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Folklore is an extraordinary cultural layer that is actually close and accessible not only to those who are "in the know". Once, a student of the Kyiv Conservatory, and now a well-known Ukrainian composer, Alla Zahaykevych, became convinced of this. Wise mentors, numerous folklore expeditions that made it possible to explore what was still untouched and alive, acquaintance with unique respondents, folk musicians, monochords, and Zahaykevych's participation in the ethnic music group "Drevo" - all this made the composer fall in love with authentic Ukrainian music. Today, the artist works mainly in academic genres, as well as in contemporary multidisciplinary projects, but her work always has room for authenticity: it nourishes, inspires, enriches Zahaykevych's new compositions and makes them truly unique.
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Violina Petrychenko (born 1984) is a Ukrainian pianist. She graduated from the National Academy of Music (Kyiv), the Franz Liszt University of Music (Weimar), the Hochschule für Musik Köln (Cologne), and the Folkwang University of the Arts (Essen). She is a laureate of numerous international competitions, a winner of European awards and scholarships, and she now performs internationally and teaches a private class in the German city of Cologne. Most of the pianist's performances are chamber solo and ensemble programs, including Ukrainian classics. On the release "Mrii. Ukrainian Hope," the pianist presents the latest recordings of piano pieces by Yakiv Stepovyi, Mykola Lysenko, Levko Revutskyi, and Alois Jedlichka. Seventeen compositions from the romantic era are united by considerable dreaminess, melody, and Ukrainian sincerity.
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War. Destroyed cities. Ruined lives. Kharkiv. A hero city where superhumans live. Music. Musical matter that was born under rocket fire, in underground shelters, or in between air raids, at a time when the soul was trying to find healing peace.
During the war, Lviv became a refuge for hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians who were forced to leave their homes. And at the same time, Kharkiv, a city of a million people, became a huge wound on the body of Ukraine. A city that was destined to take more than one blow, more than one hard battle with the enemy. However, the student capital survived and showed the world that Ukrainians cannot be broken: that even under shelling, wonderful music can sound, and that bright flowers can grow under the rubble.
A bold and vivid composer`s style that had no analogs in Ukraine and still has no analogs in the world is the feature of Stephania Turkevych, the first Ukrainian female composer. She was an avant-garde composer, an innovator, and a sincere Ukrainian despite many years of emigration. A lover of extraordinary sound and large-scale forms. According to the recollections of Stephania Turkevych's daughter Zoia Lisovska, the composer was creative not only in music but also in everyday life. Turkevych's irrepressible artistic nature always found its expression. Her diligence combined with a flexible imagination guaranteed the highest results in her artistic work.
The professional path that composers choose as their vocation in life is usually thorny and unpredictable. A lucky break, a good acquaintance, favorable circumstances, or a large audience of listeners can make a composer extremely popular and well-known at one point. Perhaps the composer's career will gain momentum gradually, and he or she will eventually gain recognition (unfortunately, this often happens after death). Or perhaps the music will remain just ink on paper. The symphony by Lviv composer Volodymyr Pawenskyi, written in 1985, has been waiting for its premiere for almost 40 years.

   

Ukrainian musical history is exceptionally interesting, multifaceted, and not fully known even by Ukrainians. The release of the archival recording of the Piano Sextet by Vasyl Barvinskyi is an example of a valuable find of the past. The recording was made in 1939 by famous Lviv musicians: Roman Savytskyi, Roman Kryshtalskyi, Oleksandr Pezhanskyi, Yevhen Kozulkevych, and Lev Turkevych. And today it is available for listening in the Ukrainian Live Classic mobile app, which is used by thousands of music lovers around the world.
Vasyl Barvinskyi composed Variations for two violins, viola, cello, double bass, and piano in the Ukrainian style in 1914-1915 in Prague. The work was highly praised by Barvinskyi's teacher, Vitezslav Novak, and immediately caught on with the performers and the public. It is the first Ukrainian chamber work for such a group and, indeed, one of Barvinskyi's most performed works. The manuscript of the sextet was lost in 1940, so after returning from the Mordovian camps in 1958, Barvinskyi started recreating the score from memory. The composer almost completely reconstructed the musical material, except for the last 30 bars. This work was completed after Barvinskyi's death by his longtime colleague Stanislav Lyudkevych.
Kharkiv...The city of heroes, in the russian-Ukrainian war, it was one of the first to stand and defend Ukrainian borders, culture and values. Kharkiv is a city of not only brave, but also extremely creative people. The piano music of Kharkiv resident Oleksandr Shchetynskyi, one of the most famous and titled contemporary Ukrainian composers, is a special declaration of love to his native Kharkiv: blooming and youthful, immense and melancholic.
So what was the "student capital" of Ukraine during the student days of composer Oleksandr Shchetynskyi? In the 80s, the modern look of the city began to take shape. Then there was an active development of the largest residential areas - Rohan, Northern Saltivka, Oleksiyivka. Hotels "Kyivskyi" and "Express", a new postmodern building of the Opera and Ballet Theatre, and an organ hall were built. However, the music of Kharkiv for Shchetynskyi is not about the hustle and bustle of the city. It is about walks in the green parks of Kharkiv and the city charm, it is about movement and static, which are combined in the urban landscape and find their response in the heart of the young artist.
A talented composer, conductor, and organizer of the musical life of Galicia, Vasyl Bezkorovainyi (1880-1966) was also a true lover of life, workaholic, patriot, and polyglot. His education in several leading universities in different, unrelated specialties testifies to his extraordinary talent for learning. And the proof of his pedagogical talent is many years of teaching - from a gymnasium teacher in cities and towns of Galicia to a teacher at the famous Ukrainian Music Institute of America in Buffalo. The composer himself was also very lucky with his teachers: at the Lviv Conservatory, he studied, in particular, with the prominent Lviv citizen, composer, and conductor Stanislaw Niewiadomski. Niewiadomski was a true Renaissance man, although he lived at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Music critic, teacher, composer, pianist, and theater director. The monument to Adam Mickiewicz in Lviv was opened accompanied by his music performed by a huge choir and orchestra. A bright romantic, close in aesthetics to Chopin, he was invaluable to the artistic life of the city. Subsequently, his name was deliberately erased by the Soviet ideological machine. Nevertheless, Neviadomskyi's creative approach continued to exist in the music of his students, among them Vasyl Bezkorovainyi.

   

Christmas playlist 
Music by Nishchynskyi, Polyova, Almashi,
Vyshynskyi , Vilka, Havrylets, Leontovych

Koliada is a star above the nativity scene, a family at the table, a winter extravaganza and emotions that recharge people for the whole year. Ukrainian carol is a unique phenomenon on the cultural map of the world. Having ancient pagan roots, a close connection with the calendar and ritual cycle, combined with the key meanings of the prevailing Christian tradition in Ukraine, this phenomenon has gone far beyond the limits of domestic and social use. During the Christmas holidays, Ukrainian carols are heard around the world, including the most prestigious academic stages.
The music of Myroslav Korchynskyi is a fresh discovery and a gift for connoisseurs of Ukrainian culture and it is not tied to any dates. And this is its exceptional value. After reading the biography of the composer, you find many reasons to discover his artistic heritage. A student and follower of Lyudkevych, the founder of the academic sopilka (Ukrainian chromatic recorder) school, and the organizer of the first orchestra of folk instruments in the educational process - this is not a complete list of Korchynskyi's artistic achievements.
The most magical time of the year is impossible to imagine without the appropriate musical accompaniment. For some people, New Year's holidays are associated with American jazz, for others - with traditional carols, and recordings of ABBA. But we at Ukrainian Live have simplified this task and selected the best festive music from the Ukrainian Live Classic app!

You may ask, what does Ukrainian Christmas sound like?

   

A traveler constantly strives to discover new countries, a gourmet likes to discover new tastes and their combinations, but a music lover regularly needs to experience unforgettable emotions from acquaintance with new musical works.
Contemporary composers fully satisfy the audience`s thirst for premieres. But it is especially interesting to discover works whose premieres were destined to take place much earlier.
So, in this release, the Ukrainian Live team managed to combine all that is unique that was originally laid down in the idea of the project: returning to Ukrainian culture the unfairly forgotten names of its artists, discovering unknown scores, performing and recording music, as well as promoting Ukrainian music in the world.
Suite No. 2 for strings by Dmytro Klebanov is a small masterpiece of Ukrainian music of the twentieth century.
Extraordinary melodic, full of sincere folklore, has elements of the avant-garde that make the musical story non-trivial and unpredictable, this music can surprise you from the first minutes. Kharkiv composer Dmytro Klebanov was an unsurpassed master of orchestration and intonation. His skills in working with the toning of instruments amazed his contemporaries, and the composer tried to pass this skill to his students.
In Suite No. 2, the strings create an incredibly rich texture due to the variety of strokes, virtuoso tempi, and colorful ensemble.
The monumental genre of passions, which tells in detail and extremely emotionally about the last days of life and suffering of Jesus Christ, traditionally belongs to the Catholic and Protestant traditions. But our contemporary Oleksandr Kozarenko in his oratorio "Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ" (1996) managed to rethink this complex genre through the prism of the local Orthodox tradition (which has ancient Greek, Byzantine, and Ukrainian components in its structure), using the means of romantic and modern musical language. Such an extraordinary combination! Thus Kozarenko creates a kind of national type of passion, influences the development of the genre, attracts attention to it, and proves the authentic uniqueness of national origins.

   

Symphony No. 5 (1976) by Andriy Shtoharenko introduces the listeners to the original artistic expressions of the famous composer and outstanding teacher of the 20th century, who actualized and reinterpreted in his way Ukrainian national features.

Shtoharenko's fifth symphony can hardly be heard from music stages today. However, even in the Soviet era, the works of modern Ukrainian composers could rarely be seen on the posters of key concert venues, even despite the ideological courtesy of the artists, as they encoded in the titles/dedications of their works (as in the case of Shtoharenko's symphony).
The concerto for piano and orchestra by the outstanding Ukrainian 20th-century symphonist Roman Simovych (1901-1984) is one of the brilliant, but still unexplored pages of Ukrainian music. Born in the West of Ukraine, he received a proper European education, and had a European mentality, the composer revealed his creative potential in Lviv and naturally combined the glorious traditions of Europe and Ukraine in his music. Simovych subtly weaves Slavic motifs and unique Ukrainian melodies into the vast symphonic fabric. A modest, educated, honest, and open person - this is how Roman Simovych was represented in life and his music. 
An invitation into the colorful, magical, and direct world of Honcharivka near Kharkiv, whose streets are full of sincerity, humor, folk flavor, Ukrainian songs, and the truth of life. Kyrylo Stetsenko's operetta "Matchmaking at Honcharivka" based on the play by Hryhoriy Kvitka-Osnovyanenko is a source of good mood and positivity, which is so needed when bad news breaks the peace every day. Difficulties have always befallen our people in one way or another, but every time they find the strength to smile, rejoice, dream, act and achieve their goals - just like the main characters of the folk comedy "Matchmaking at Honcharivka".

   

The operas "Dovbush" and "White Gypsy" by the composer Porphyriy Bazhanskyi were found, deciphered from the manuscript, orchestrated, and performed in 2021. The work on such a large-scale music and historical project was well integrated into the Ukrainian Live strategy and took place with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.

The study of the little-known work of Galician composers in the context of the revival of the national heritage is of great importance. Porfyriy Bazhanskyi
Bazhanskyi's operas are colorful and exclusive, they will surprise even "music connoisseurs". This music has a bright theatrical beginning, and the plots of both stories tend towards naturalism and realism. The variety and color of the musical fabric in combination with complex rhythms, text full of dialects and household exclamations, and the richness of harmony and orchestration brings folk opera dramas closer to European examples of opera avant-garde. Bazhanskyi's forgotten music proves to everyone that the national opera is not the only one that lives and will live on "Zaporozhets on the Danube" or "Natalka Poltavka". 
Valentyn Bibik, a composer from the sixties largely remains little discovered both by the world and the Ukrainians. He was fond of large-scale canvases, these works occupy a key place in his musical heritage. There, Bibik was not limited by time, he felt freedom, and expressed himself, demonstrating different sides of his talent as a composer.

Concert-symphony for violin, viola and chamber orchestra op. 61 (1986) is unique in its structure and content. It is a monolithic construction, born from a clear and catchy motif, around which it constantly evolves.

   

The fantasy world of a post-apocalyptic future belongs to clones of human predecessors who suffer from the effects of climate change and nuclear war and who know nothing about humanity's past. It is the end that becomes the beginning. But even the harsh life of the tribes of the future has not fallen as low as the distorted moral values of the era in which we live. The French poet and novelist Michel Houellebecq reflects on this in one of his best novels, "The Possibility of an Island" (French: La Possibilité d'une île) (2005). The author of the book did not limit himself to the literary version of his story and decided to continue it in the movie, creating a fantastic film of the same name in 2008.
The visions and ideas of the composer Vitaliy Kyreiko can hardly be called conservative. Still, loyalty to traditions and attachment to the classical romantic layer of music was his peculiar creative credo. He was not afraid of being himself and for that reason chose his own path, and even more — several completely new paths.
One of them was the creation of the first symphoniette in Ukraine, in 1971. Cyclical works in this genre became most widespread in the 20th century. Therefore, the "birth" of the symphoniette in the early 1970s, which absorbed many national features (such as lyricism, contrast, and the use of characteristic melodic inflections), became a manifestation of the logic and at the same time progressiveness of the Kyiv school of composers. 
The Nyzhankivskyi/Lysenko release eliminates all existing stereotypes and overpowers the rules of the project because it simultaneously highlights the music of two composers for two different instruments. The common denominator that united Nestor Nyzhankivskyi's Prelude and Fugue (organ version) and Mykola Lysenko's Elegy in Memory of Taras Shevchenko for piano is the performer - the young French pianist, organist, and composer Thomas Mellan. The delicacy, sense, expression, and creativity with which the musician approached the performance of the Ukrainian repertoire is impressive. But it is not surprising, because Thomas is a real professional and a friend of Ukraine.

   

The magical Ukrainian Carpathians are a treasure of our land, protection from cold winds and enemy arrows, a corner of peace and solitude, and an immense space that gives energy to every visitor. Conductor and composer Mykola Kolessa loved the mountains and everything related to them: nature, people, and their unique culture. Symphony №1 (1950) is one of Kolessa's numerous pieces of works inspired by the greatness of the Carpathians, and it occupies a prominent place in his creative heritage.
Ukrainian Live Classic presents music for every taste so that both fans of the classics and connoisseurs of the avant-garde can equally discover and enjoy the treasures of Ukrainian music. There is undoubtedly music to satisfy the preferences of all listeners without exception. To such, we can boldly include our first release of the music by contemporary composer Roman Hryhoriv - the oratorio "De Profundis" for mixed choir, soloists, and symphony orchestra (2010). Here is a live recording from a concert at the "Music Premieres of the Season" festival in 2012.
Denys Lytvynenko is a Lviv cellist, a soloist, and a member of the Phoenix Quartet. But in the pauses between his busy concert schedule, he creates chamber and symphonic music, which regularly occurs on concert posters in Ukrainian cities, and in the form of video and audio recordings. The first release of Lytvynenko`s works in the Ukrainian Live project is a kind of introduction to the composer. It is a recording of the String Quartet No. 2 (2011) with the participation of Denys Lytvynenko himself.
What is unique about composer Yuryi Ishchenko is that his music cannot be attributed to a specific musical direction, and his style cannot be characterized in a few words or placed in established frameworks. All his life he taught others and constantly continued to study and develop: he mastered the basics of the writing of the 20th century and tested his powers in all styles and forms without exception.
The period in which the Second String Quartet in Memory of Borys Lyatoshynskyi (1968) was written was marked by the artist's artistic searches and thirst for everything new.
Lviv is beautiful at any time, weather and season. Some people love Christmas market time, others look forward to cozy cafes opening their shady summer terraces. The ancient history of Lviv dates back to the Middle Ages and still fascinates us with discoveries. But the most important treasure of the city is its residents - talented and extraordinary people, who value and protect the traditions of their native land. "Leopolis concerto grosso" by Viktor Kaminskyi is a sincere and exquisite confession of love for his beloved city and a dedication to its outstanding native, the composer Myroslav Skoryk.
The choral tradition of Ukraine represents unique artistic traditions. Authentic singing, partes and choral concerts, works of romantics and modernists, fruits of innovation of contemporary composers.
Every period or phenomenon of it is still a "secret treasure" that is hard to find, and explore so one has to try hard to grasp its depth. One of such secret treasures is the concept of the Galician Liedertafel, which arose under the influence of Austro-German culture and, in particular, the Biedermeier style.
Our contemporary, pianist, musicologist, and composer Oleksandr Kozarenko, from the beginning of his career, pleased the public with his unique approach to creating music. In his music, he includes unbreakable traditions and bold fantasies, simple lyrics and extravagance, logic, and equanimity. Moreover, he combines all of that with extreme emotionality. In the Violin Concerto (1994), the composer once again offers exclusive musical findings.
One of the most important goals of the Ukrainian Live strategy is to return and promote forgotten Ukrainian composers, especially those who lived abroad. Symphony No. 3 “West Kentucky” is the second release of music by Roman Prydatkevych, the composer of the American diaspora. We are especially proud to present the work performed by Lviv musicians, at the end of 2020 as part of the "Symphonic Premieres" project.
The Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra "In memory of my father" (2013) by Oleh Bezborodko has different moods, shades, and images. The composer defined the features of each part by specifying their names.





History's ability to repeat itself is amazing. It seems that humanity will go in circles until it realizes and corrects its fatal mistakes. A bloody war is again raging in our country just the same as when the genius composer Borys Lyatoshynskyi wrote his Ukrainian Quintet (1942, second edition – 1945). Once again, we fight for our right to live, freedom, and identity. Our connection with the Motherland is strengthened, and the desire for self-identification is awakened and affirmed - as if this native land itself gives us the strength we need to fight./lyatoshynskyi-ukrainian-quintet
After the academic concert of the graduates of the Mykola Lysenko Lviv Higher Music Institute, the outstanding Ukrainian composer Stanislav Lyudkevych approached one of the young composers and blessed him for a long creative journey with the following words: "Your life should belong to music!". This is how the fate of Anatoliy Kos-Anatolskyi unfolded: he and music always went hand in hand. Kos-Anatolskyi became an important figure in the musical life of Lviv and Ukraine. He taught music, and it was thanks to music that he met the love of his life.

Lysenko`s music in Great Britain

On July 16 a concert by Kana chamber choir took place in the Eglwys Beuno Sant, in North Wales (Great Britain), where the music by Mykola Lysenko was performed.
The choir got the scores by Lysenko`s pieces from our Ukrainian Scores project. It is impressive that only two months passed between ordering the sheet music for the concert!
We are very grateful to the organizers for such sincere support of Ukrainian culture because all proceeds from the sale of tickets for the concert went to humanitarian aid for Ukraine.
And we remind that you can order the scores of Ukrainian music on the website.

In April 2022, for the second time, the Lviv Organ Hall together with the Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy realized an essential and interesting initiative. As part of the project supervised by the Ukrainian composer and the music academy teacher Bohdana Frolyak together with the team of the Organ Hall, young composers, and students of the Music Academy, had the opportunity to present their new pieces. "Music of young Lviv composers" is the voice of creative youth, the sound of today, which shapes our immediate future in the free state of creative people.
The release included 11 solo and chamber works by 9 authors, performed by 24 musicians from Lviv.
A lot of composers were inspired by the perfect beauty of nature and tried to capture and convey the order and harmony with which the calendar year passes: month after month, season after season. Concerto grosso №4 “Seasons” for violin and chamber orchestra (2009) by the talented Ukrainian composer Zoltan Almashi is an exceptional and modern look at the annual cycle, which is typical for Ukrainian latitudes. The work is dedicated to his inspiration, a longtime colleague of the composer on the "Kyiv Camerata", the famous Ukrainian violinist Bohdana Pivnenko. The National Ensemble of Soloists has repeatedly combined Antonio Vivaldi and Astor Piazzolla in their touring seasons. 
Crystal clear, slightly mysterious, and pedagogically oriented, but creatively meaningful, rational, and emotional music of Isaak Berkovych. This is just one of the hundreds of unknown pages of Ukrainian culture, which we have yet to carefully explore and comprehend. The release of the cycle "24 Preludes for Piano" (op. 46) in the Ukrainian Live Classic app is very special and our team is proud to present it! For the first time, the recording of all Berkovych`s preludes is being published. Performed by Ukrainian pianist Andriy Makarevych in Lviv Organ Hall (sound engineer Volodymyr Punko, 2022). The pianist performs the work in the second edition (1968), in which Berkovych changed the tenth and twentieth preludes.
Due to his songs, we know exactly what true happiness is, we keep in mind three vital tips, and acknowledge the city one can’t help falling in love with! So touching and sincere, elegant and deep, emotional and infinitely beautiful music of Shamo is nothing but a confession of love for his native Ukraine.
This composer always amazes listeners with his art, because he seems to look at the world as if through a microscope, a telescope, and brand glasses with polarization at once. The dreamer and inventor, he experiments with all musical elements: from the structure to the technique of the piece, from the principles of drama to the methods of score design. 
Due to his songs, we know exactly what true happiness is, we keep in mind three vital tips, and acknowledge the city one can’t help falling in love with! So touching and sincere, elegant and deep, emotional and infinitely beautiful music of Shamo is nothing but a confession of love for his native Ukraine.
Have you ever looked through the kaleidoscope? This amazing device pleases the eye with bizarre patterns. The release of pieces for violin by the founder of Ukrainian classical music Mykola Lysenko can be called a musical kaleidoscope. Because it seems to combine everything: simplicity and aristocracy, national color and European sophistication, openness and grace, folk style, and deeply personal moments.
We present a special selection of music from Ukrainian sentimentalism and romanticism, presented by piano miniatures by Oleksandr and Ilya Lyzohub, L. Illienko, Adrian Danylevskyi Adam Bartsytskyi, Yosyp Vytvytskyi, Tymofiy Bezuhlyi, Tymofiy Shpakovskyi, Apollon Husakovskyi, Vladyslav Zaremba and Vasyl Pashchenko.
Archival article of 1875 on the history of Ukrainian music. Published in the original language.
History does not belong to the exact sciences, because it cannot objectively cover the events of the past. Needless to say, people can talk about the same person in completely different ways. The names of many talented people have remained unknown or completely forgotten simply because no one has told the true story of their lives. 
Professional guitar music in Ukraine has developed peculiarly. This is primarily because the classical guitar appeared in Ukraine in the late eighteenth century and was used mainly as an instrument for amateur musicians, as an accompaniment to singing. At that time, other string instruments prevailed in the national musical tradition.
Read an interview with composer, an author of Concertino for guitar and orchestra, Dmytro Malyi here in Ukrainian.
A life full of inspiration, kindness, and love. A priest, a husband, a father, and an artist whose life suddenly ended the disease at the age of 39 took. The release presents the last significant work of the composer - the dramatic scene Iphigenia in Tauris based on the drama of the same name by Lesya Ukrainka.
Read an interview with composer, an author of Annes Passion, Yevhen Orkin here in Ukrainian.
Even in the darkest periods of world history, there is still room for the light in the human soul: for love and mercy, for wisdom and gratitude, for courage and supernatural strength! Records of the famous "Diary of Anne Frank" by the Jewish girl Anneliese Maria Frank (1929-1945) render the thirst for life, girlish fragility, and childish maturity.
Interview with author of the "Blessing of Sorrow" Symphony.
“Blessing of Sorrow" is the title of Symphony II (2002) by the Ukrainian contemporary composer Boryslav Stronko. The Symphony skillfully combines traditional principles of romantic principles, music of Eastern and Caucasian cultures, philosophical and avant-garde ideas, and even electronic  music  elements.
Sonata for Cello and Piano by Illya Lyzohub (1797-1867) is the composer`s only surviving piece. Most of his works were destroyed by fire in 1883. This is the first Ukrainian cello sonata, written between 1825-1828 and dedicated to Lyzohub`s friend and son-in-law, amateur cellist Andriy Hudovych. 
“Barvinkyi: Selected piano pieces” presents unique historical recordings from the archives of music by Vasyl Barvinskyi's. The album includes Five Preludes for Piano (1908), "Thought"(Dumka) and "Humoresque" (Humoreska) from the series "Six Miniatures on Ukrainian Folk Themes" (1920), and Piano Concerto in F minor (1917-1937).
Artists:
Armonia Ludus chamber orchestra, conductor Mikheli Menabde
Kyiv Camerata, conductor Arild Rimmereit
How exciting is to follow the development of contemporary Ukrainian art! Independent Ukraine is the cradle of free and progressive artists of who we are so proud, we support and appreciate them. Serhiy Vilka, a composer, multi-instrumentalist and conductor, presents his first release in the UL Classic app.