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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

Dating from the early 1960s, the Fourth is arguably Lyatoshinsky’s most compelling symphony, clothing folkloristic musical elements within an imaginative orchestra framework. Highly assured performances captured in warmly resonant sound. © 2015 BBC Music Magazine



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, December 2014

The Ukrainian organization under Kuchar once again give us spirited readings, and this time thematic elements stand out in memorable fashion.

This is Lyatoshynsky at his best. Any Slavophile, anyone interested in Eastern European modern music will find this disk both very enlightening and enjoyable.

Recommended! © 2014 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



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.

…this final volume also features some great music to discover. The craft of the orchestral writing is on great display… © 2014 Cinemusical Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2014

For the third and last disc of Lyatoshynsky’s complete symphonies we move to the last sector of a life that had provided his homeland with its own musical language. They both originate from that period when it seemed state control over the direction that music should be travelling had come to an end. In the event it was wishful thinking, the satellite states within the Soviet Union particularly affected as everything Russian took priority. Fortunately Lyatoshynsky’s Fourth Symphony still attracted many performances and received very good reviews, despite the fact that he moved away from conventional tonality to join with others in employing a modern variant on established harmonic structures. You need to enjoy the period when Lutoslawski and Penderecki had taken music on a journey that spoke a new language without the shackles of tradition. At times the music meanders, creating fascinating sounds as it goes along its way, the major ingredient being one of conflicting viewpoints that require a wide dynamic range, the surprise coming with a conclusion that is in peace and resignation. The Fifth takes this freedom of expression one stage further, though now he reverts to his tonal language of yesteryear, much reflected in the use of melodies that gives the score its Slavonic subtitle. Then, as a complete surprise, comes a jolly dance for the final movement, adorned with little more than its original clothes, and a passage for solo tubular bells that leads to a joyous conclusion. As with the two previous discs in the series, the Ukrainian State Symphony and their conductor, Theodore Kuchar are the type of dedicated champions that neglected composers require. Made in 1993 for the Marco Polo label, it may take you time to reach Lyatoshinky’s musical wavelength, but it will prove worth the effort. © 2014 David’s Review Corner



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





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