NEW ALBUMS

OF THE BEST UKRAINIAN CLASSIC

Every week we release new album of the ukrainian classical music.
Here you can read more about this music and authors.

   

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.