Subtle States

by Igor Yakovenko

Rose Aylmer 03:48
Vocalise 02:46
Grey Fog 03:11
Interlude 1 03:39
Piece 03:30
Interlude 2 05:50


Subtle or fragile states are 10 sketches concerning the problem of instability of human consciousness at different levels of interaction with reality.

From a physical point of view, fragile - not at all weak and slender, but on the contrary - tense, brought to the limit of its capabilities. Personal acts in fragility and through fragility, thus being one of the possible existential modes of human life.

The choice of instruments is quite specific: two solo instruments on the background of an obligate piano. The violin should be considered as a surplus element, which takes the system out of balance. This inevitably creates a confrontation between the instrument and the voice, and is designed to increase tension, which in turn can lead to fragile destruction.

Fragile destruction is almost instantaneous destruction of the material without visible plastic deformation.

Fragility is the property of the material to break down without the formation of appreciable residual deformations.

Increase of the structure energy reserve contributes to the transition of the material into a fragile state.

Igor Yakovenko, translatted by Oleg Krokhalev


released June 22, 2018

Tatiana Kachanova: soprano
Maxim Shchedrin: violin
Igor Yakovenko: piano

Composed by: Igor Yakovenko

Written by:

[1] sir Thomas Wyatt 1503-1542
[2] Walter Savage Landor 1775-1864
[4] Sara Teasdale 1884-1933
[8] John McCrae 1872-1918
[9] Langston Hughes 1902-1967
[10] Medieval Lament

Recorded by: Alexander Mikhlin
Recorded at: Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow, 2017
Mixed, mastered by: Alexander Mikhlin

Liner photos by: Maria Motyleva
Design by: Ekaterina Shinkareva


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