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John Bell Young
Fanfare, July 2015

LYATOSHYNSKY, B.: Symphonies, Vol. 1 - No. 1 / Grazhyna (Ukrainian State Symphony, Kuchar) 8.555578
LYATOSHYNSKY, B.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - Nos. 2 and 3 (Ukrainian State Symphony, Kuchar) 8.555579
LYATOSHYNSKY, B.: Symphonies, Vol. 3 - Nos. 4 and 5 (Ukrainian State Symphony, Kuchar) 8.555580

Theodore Kuchar is a conductor of unimpeachable credentials, and unimpeachable music-making as well. He serves this repertoire to perfection with the exquisitely polished Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble so deftly at one with its leader… I would very much like to hear more of this composer… © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, February 2015

LYATOSHYNSKY, B.: Symphonies, Vol. 1 - No. 1 / Grazhyna (Ukrainian State Symphony, Kuchar) 8.555578
LYATOSHYNSKY, B.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - Nos. 2 and 3 (Ukrainian State Symphony, Kuchar) 8.555579
LYATOSHYNSKY, B.: Symphonies, Vol. 3 - Nos. 4 and 5 (Ukrainian State Symphony, Kuchar) 8.555580

Throughout these discs the excellent and well prepared orchestra under Kuchar gives powerfully expressive performances that are often gripping and always compelling. No problems whatsoever with the clear and well balanced recorded sound.

The symphonies of Boris Lyatoshynsky are certainly well worth getting to know. Those wanting to try something away from the mainstream and admirers of Slavic symphonies will be in their element. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Robert E. Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, February 2015

LYATOSHYNSKY, B.: Symphonies, Vol. 1 - No. 1 / Grazhyna (Ukrainian State Symphony, Kuchar) 8.555578
LYATOSHYNSKY, B.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - Nos. 2 and 3 (Ukrainian State Symphony, Kuchar) 8.555579
LYATOSHYNSKY, B.: Symphonies, Vol. 3 - Nos. 4 and 5 (Ukrainian State Symphony, Kuchar) 8.555580

Lyatoshynsky’s orhestration is rich, filled with harps, gentle woodwind solos and strong brass statements. It is amazing that all of this music, particularly the last three symphonies, isn’t played and recorded more often. And there are many other works by Lyatoshynsky yet to receive their first recording, including overtures, suites and film music. In the meantime, check out these superb and very important [discs]. © 2015 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review




Erik Levi
BBC Music Magazine, January 2015

In his Second and Third Symphonies, Lyatoshinski wrestled with modernist idioms thus managing to fall foul of the Soviet authorities. The Ukranian Orchestra plays both scores with conviction and commitment. © 2015 BBC Music Magazine



David Barker
MusicWeb International, December 2014

LYATOSHYNSKY, B.: Symphonies, Vol. 1 - No. 1 / Grazhyna (Ukrainian State Symphony, Kuchar) 8.555578
LYATOSHYNSKY, B.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - Nos. 2 and 3 (Ukrainian State Symphony, Kuchar) 8.555579
LYATOSHYNSKY, B.: Symphonies, Vol. 3 - Nos. 4 and 5 (Ukrainian State Symphony, Kuchar) 8.555580

Theodore Kuchar was one of the Naxos stable’s most regular conductors, and the Ukrainian orchestra seems to one of the better Eastern European ensembles used by Naxos in that period. The sound quality is perfectly serviceable, in fact, better than the average orchestral recording from Marco Polo from that era. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Robert Cummings
Classical Net, December 2014

LYATOSHYNSKY, B.: Symphonies, Vol. 1 - No. 1 / Grazhyna (Ukrainian State Symphony, Kuchar) 8.555578
LYATOSHYNSKY, B.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - Nos. 2 and 3 (Ukrainian State Symphony, Kuchar) 8.555579
LYATOSHYNSKY, B.: Symphonies, Vol. 3 - Nos. 4 and 5 (Ukrainian State Symphony, Kuchar) 8.555580

…the performances by the Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra under Theodore Kuchar are excellent and fully committed…

Originally recorded in 1993 and 1994, these performances are presented in good sonics, just about as vivid and powerful as those of more recent vintage.

While Lyatoshynsky displays some Russian and Slavic characteristics, he sounds cosmopolitan much of the time and displays a certain dynamism in his style—that is, he usually captures your attention with his distinctive musical persona and very assured orchestration. In sum, these discs present worthwhile, mostly distinctive music in fine performances and good sound that will be of interest to admirers of early 20th-century classical music. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review




Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, November 2014

The recordings seem to be overall good transfers with excellent sound.

[In the Symphony No. 2]…Listeners will be struck how the expressionist lyric lines fit against some of the harmonic writing and Eastern European symphonic traditions they are more familiar with as they hear this work.

[In the Symphony No. 3 Kuchar’s]…overall performance thus times out to a more expansive reading of the work, but is certainly valid and perhaps even more sympathetic to the style. © 2014 Cinemusical Read complete review



Jean-Yves Duperron
Classical Music Sentinel, November 2014

LYATOSHYNSKY, B.: Symphonies, Vol. 1 - No. 1 / Grazhyna (Ukrainian State Symphony, Kuchar) 8.555578
LYATOSHYNSKY, B.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - Nos. 2 and 3 (Ukrainian State Symphony, Kuchar) 8.555579
LYATOSHYNSKY, B.: Symphonies, Vol. 3 - Nos. 4 and 5 (Ukrainian State Symphony, Kuchar) 8.555580

There are long passages in all five of these symphonies that will quite simply take your breath away and pin you to your seat.

American conductor Theodore Kuchar has released many fine recordings over the years on various labels, and seems to have championed Russian composers in particular…therefore this cycle of all the Symphonies of Boris Lyatoshynsky is no exception. He reads the composer’s mind by providing forceful accounts of the heavier aspects of these works and highlighting their wide orchestral colors, while maintaining a clear and constant eye on the symphonic thread that runs through them. © 2014 Classical Music Sentinel Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2014

Both the Second and Third of Lyatoshynsky’s symphonies fell foul of the Soviet sensors, every accusation they could think of used to stop their first performance. Threatened with isolation in an artistic wilderness, he, like so many others, simply adhered to the commissars demands and revised the scores to suite their political demands. That said, there was a large gulf both in time and style between the listener-friendly First, from 1919, and the Second from 1935. Effective scoring and explosive climatic passages remained, but the sounds had become more abrasive, and though never erring towards the discredited atonality, the harmonic language was now more discordant and cheerless, conflict always a key element in the Second’s long opening movement. The attractions of the wispy moments of the tranquillo central movement bring a degree of friendliness, but we have still travelled a long way from his Gliere influenced younger years. We return to the disorder of the opening movement in the finale, patches of songful music making for strange interjections. Its first performance did not take place for almost thirty years after its completion, by which time the world had been made aware of his Third Symphony. That score did not go unchallenged by the ‘powers that be’, but it was soon to become his most frequently performed work following its 1955 Leningrad premiere. It was also his most extensive score, the general focus centered on strength often expressed in jagged and pungent sounds. Khachaturian in bellicose mood would give you a guide to its contents. As an oasis of peace, the Andante second movement is a chapter of lyric contentment. Admirable commitment and security in the playing of the Ukrainian State Symphony makes for accomplished performances, the disc being originally recorded in 1993 for the Marco Polo label. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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