The self taught composer from Minsk Ales Tsurko sets his sight very plainly on progressing contemporary classical music. Melding techniques learnt both academically and not Transliaciya features elements of shoegaze, drone, ambient electronica and post rock masterfully manipulated and woven with modern classical, into something fresh.
8/10 Jamie Staff review, 21 February 2017
Preserved Sound once more come up with the compositional goods, this time introducing me to the work of Ales Tsurko. Tsurko is a self-taught composer from Minsk, wonderful, he’s also the founder of the Society for the Development of New Music, most impressive.
Outside of his work promoting contemporary classical composition and new music talent, Tsurko has somehow found time to create this elegant and exceptionally crafted suite of warmly affecting music for sparse strings and electronics.
Violinist Tatiana Volynets and violist Anna Skripnikova take turns to haunt with their searching, meandering string vibrations, with Olga Yemtsova steadily forming a backbone with her grounding cello shapes and Tsurko uses found sounds to provide extra textural grain. The clarity of the various timbres ringing out throughout the disc is astonishing, but I’m not surprised as Ian Hawgood mastered the thing and he’s done his usual immaculate job. By the fifth track of sorrowful strings, I’m reminded of the sort of craft Max Richter brings to his music -- by which I mean, I’m on the verge of tears. On a Tuesday. And it’s not even lunchtime yet.
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