On Wednesday, Feb. 4 pianist Jenny Lin celebrated the music of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov with the program "Nostalghia" at Le Poisson Rouge.
Born in 1937 in Kiev, Ukraine, Silvestrov began to achieve international attention only in the '80s with the work of early champions, including the American pianist and conductor Virko Baley. Similar to his contemporary Arvo Pärt whose style changed radically in the '70s, Silvestrov's musical language went from avant-gardist to one that emphasizes melody, stillness and patchwork evocations of the past. Piano sonatas by Igor Stravinsky and Alexander Scriabin join a collection of Silvestrov's piano miniatures on the program.
The concert is part of the LPR (New) Classical Series, which also spotlights septuagenarian composers Philip Glass and Terry Riley, with pianists Lisa Moore (Jan. 13) and Sarah Cahill (Jan. 29) respectively.