Sounds of Defiance: Music of Shostakovich, Schnittke, Pärt, and Achron
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In the virtuosic hands and hearts of Kutik & Bozarth, the music of these composers is a reminder to all who listen that, in the end, art and genius triumph over oppression. Theirs are voices that will not be stifled, voices that demand to be heard: voices defying the gravity of their lives.
From the first sorrowful strains of Schnittke's Sonata it is not far to a stance of outright defiance; perhaps the word might be discordance or dissonance. Achron's "Hebrew Melody" is achingly sad, beautifully familiar; his gorgeous "Hebrew Lullaby" is a lamentation suggesting one ought not sleep too soundly but perhaps always keep at least one eye open to impending catastrophe. Shostakovich dances in ever-changing death-defying tempos. Pärt's "mirrors in the mirror" reflect endlessly a hope for a better time, making "Spiegel im Spiegel," in its own way, a quintessential lullaby, sweetly defiant.
Throughout "Sounds of Defiance," Kutik and Bozarth maintain exquisite tones. There are moments of thunderous rage and outrage, moments of mournful sweetness, moments of hope and longing, a seeking beyond the oppression. Their beautifully balanced violin and piano sound at times so large and full as to be nearly orchestral, at times so intertwined as to be seamless, a single instrument. I believe it is my heart.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Liked "Songs From A Suitcase" better, but he's an incredible violinist, and pianist accompanying him is also notable.Published 5 months ago by jackie S.
Kutik plays Russian composers both known and obscure with an intensity and style that belies his youth. Perhaps the music would better be titled Sounds of Soulful Defiance.Published 22 months ago by JBT-by-the-Sea
Not enough variety. Wanted more piano sounds with Yevgeny Kutik and
Would have liked more Yevgency Kutik and Achron together.