by Sergey Akhunov

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Sketch I 03:44
Sketch II 02:07
Sketch III 03:10
Sketch IV 04:21
Sketch V 05:13
Sketch VI 05:27
Sketch VII 04:05
Sketch VIII 01:40
Sketch IX 05:47
Sketch X 04:14
Sketch XI 04:36
Sketch XII 04:43


Art tends to elude direct expression.

Or, rather those ideas appealing to artistic language are scarcely ever plain and direct. Therefrom a musical statement grows metaphorical.

Yet what elements – language and style – are inherent to this statement? And what integral challenges emerge for the artist and interpreter?

At first we take a metaphor as somewhat complex, deliberately ambiguous, however, when the statement engenders new degrees of comprehension the metaphor takes root, appearing conventional and natural - similar to a math proposition, proven and evolved into a world-renowned theorem…

Then a new rank metaphors stems from the previously established layer… Presumably, the artist may again face the alternative? Whether to plunge into the metaphorical language evolution? Or withdraw to supposedly well-known tools yet creating a completely new context?

The author, indubitably, opts for the latter.

Ultimately, his music remains unprotected and particularly susceptible to the performance. The slightest interpretation inaccuracy may invoke a spurious association thus frustrate the statement’s metaphoricity…

I hope our efforts succeeded to reveal author’s conception in its modern rendition where archaisms along with contemporary expression and avant-garde ideas give birth to a new dramaturgy.

Ilya Hoffman


released November 11, 2016

Polina Osetinskaya: piano
Ilya Hoffman: viola [13-15]

Composed by: Sergey Akhunov

Recorded by: Alexei Barashkin
Recorded at: The D. D. Shostakovich Saint Petersburg Academic Philharmonia, Large Hall, 31 May – 4 June, 2016
Edited by: Alexei Barashkin
Mixed, mastered by: Alexander Mikhlin
Cover photo by: Anna Zyabreva


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