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Mikhail Chekalin. Last Seasons and Black Square

by Mikhail Chekalin / Михаил Чекалин

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Digital reissue of CD of CCnC and Deutsche Astrofon and also Eurock/MIR records.

"Last Seasons" - A composition in ten parts for chamber music orchestra. 1997-1998. This title does not imply any mockery. It challenges its own existence within the strictest framework of chamber music. He represents the mystical tradition of musical composition: timeless avantgarde striving for the essence of life and music, seeking their inner connection. He is traditional in the sense that for him music is still beyond the world.<...> A powerful stream proceeding, say, from Prokofiev to Part...(Kristian Salvesen, CCnC- LineNotes, 2001)
Mikhail Chekalin: "I didn't follow along the lines of adoption or stylisation, I did not mean to create any kind of a collage. I was seeking an effect wholly divorced from quasi intellectualism, avoiding any conceptual devices.
I would like to have a right to spontaneity myself, a right to express a live emotion lost in the vortex of time. The music is so full of emotion. Everything borders on something else - this is the succession of the seasons, isn't it? There is a continuous flow. I decided against dividing it into four seasons. Instead there are ten parts and each has its own subtitle in the classical tradition of naming the theme and character."
"Black Square" - Concerto grosso in four movements.
"The „Black Square“ painted by the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich has brilliantly represented the temporal essence of the 20th century. Created at the beginning of the century it conveys a vision of the end of time. We are all deeply rooted in the 20th century, our very life is deeply saturated with its spirit.
Dedicating this work to Malevich, I refer myself to the beginning of the century, and I sought to catch an image of my own end of the century. The focal point is born of tension between the two poles: beginning - end, past - present, history - personal story, modern - post-modern." (M. Chekalin)(CCnC-LineNotes, 2001)


released January 30, 2018

Last Seasons: Moscow Chamber Music Orchestra.
Conductor Vladislav Bulakhov.
Black Square: Grand State Symphony Orchestra 02.05.1997
Conductor Alexander Polischuk

Sound producer: Mikhail Chekalin.
Executive producer: Ulrich Ruetzel.


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Mikhail Chekalin / Михаил Чекалин Moscow, Russia

Mikhail Chekalin is one of those. Arguably he is the most influential modern composer of the last 35 years in the former USSR, now Russia.
Over the span of his career Chekalin has produced some 30+ works that range the sonic spectrum for Post Pop, to free-jazz, electronic, and Post Symphonic. While his music was known to me since the 1980s/

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