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Victoria Borisova-Ollas’s Kingdom of Silence with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Apr. 01, 2016

Victoria Borisova-Ollas’s <em>Kingdom of Silence</em> with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Victoria Borisova-Ollas’s Kingdom of Silence receives performances this month by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrey Boreyko. The performances take place at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (April 29, May 1) and at the Music Center at Strathmore (April 30). 

The piece—which was composed in memoriam of composer Nikolai Korndorf—was commissioned by the 2003 Gothenburg Art Sounds Festival and premiered by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, led by Peter Eötvös. The work starts as a lullaby in the celeste and glockenspiel, immersed in the echoes of the strings. As it progresses, it ties together different scenes by way of mood, timbre and tempi, gradually “sinking into a dream”. Borisova-Ollas elaborates:

Different scenes are appearing in a succession, sometimes linked to each other by the same tempi or divided by the sudden change of mood. With the return of the "lullaby", a long chain of events is finished. But the dream itself - does it ever end?

Details on the performances can be found at bsomusic.org.

For more information on Victoria Borisova-Ollas, visit universaledition.com.

Victoria Borisova-Ollas
Kingdom of Silence (2003)
for orchestra
3.3.4.4-4.3.3.1-timp.3perc-hp.pno-str
15’

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