La revue des deux mondes

“Modernism” is the title adopted by another “small” label, Klarthe, for a disc with a curious but exciting program. We hear a work by a contemporary Ukrainian composer, Dmitri Tchesnokov, his Violin Concerto from 2016 of an assumed but never provocative modernity, with iridescent reflections and sparkling virtuosity. Sarah Nemtanu, concertmaster of the Orchestre National de France, takes over with agility and sensitivity. Opening with a Ballad by the Russian Lyatoshinsky, the disc concludes with Shostakovich’s dashing First Symphony, which in 1926 made a brilliant debut on the pre-Stalinist Soviet music scene. The Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra and its conductor Bastien Stil lend a lot of allure and a tasty atmosphere to this unusual CD.