I wondered whether anyone on the forum had a view on Silvestrov, with special reference to the symphonies?
I bought the 45 minute one-movement no.5, found it difficult at first, and then started to enjoy it. Once past the first couple of minutes of dissonant gestures some very beautiful lyrical melodies start to appear, and the spell of its pulseless soundworld takes over. (I found the postmodernist claims of the sleeve note unconvincing).
I then tried no.6 which seems a similar work but I found much less convincing. The most perplexing thing is the fact that during the 25-minute slow movement Silvestrov seems to be making the same musical gesture (of a few bars) over and over again. Why did he not grasp that such a level of repetition, even of an unusual idea, just becomes boring?
Any other recommendations in his music?