C18 A Candle for Ukraine
May 6, 2023
9.00pm - 10.10pm
Printers Way, Kingston, ACT 2604
A candle-lit performance of Ukraine’s greatest song cycle starring tenor Andrew Goodwin.
The composer Valentin Silvestrov was forced to flee his home in Kyiv in early 2022 following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. From his new base in Berlin, he continues to represent his country’s cultural identity with quiet determination. Silent Songs is his most famous work, a song cycle set to timeless poetry by the likes of Pushkin, Shelley, Mandelstam and Keats. Sung by Australia’s most mellifluous tenor Andrew Goodwin with Roland Peelman at the piano, this performance will be an intimate statement about the power of poetry.
“I felt the need to bow to poetry, to wait for the poem to sing itself.” Valentin Silvestrov
Valentin Silvestrov, Silent Songs (1974-1977)
The performance is in Russian with English surtitles.
Andrew Goodwin, tenor
Roland Peelman, piano
This concert is supported by Peronelle and Jim Windeyer