In collaboration with Sound Design Department of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague we have recorded and in the world premiere released the 1st movement of Enriko Štec’s Symphony No. 1. Enjoy the recording!
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Autor: Agáta Chromíková
Symphony No. 1 has been composed by Enriko Štec (*2003), a composer of Ukrainian-Russian origins and a student of Prague Conservatoire, and it draws upon his bond to his ancestors’ lands and their folklore traditions. On this symphony, he remarked: “When I was at my grandma’s in the Ukraine in the summer of 2021, we discovered large quantities of old sheet music in the attic of our family house. Most of them were folk or religious melodies. We soon found out they belonged to my ancestor, church choirmaster Feodor Hanuščak. This moment inspired me to write my very first symphony and I dedicated it to Hanuščak.”
In comparison with traditional compositional approaches, the first movement, which Humble Orchestra presents in a world premiere recording, is unusually slow. It begins with a scale-descending ostinato bass to which, as a counterpoint, a plain, song-full melody is heard that slowly graduates into fragmentary imitational levels. A distinct guidance of voices as well as their sensitive instrumentation provides the audience with specifically tinted, yet unusually euphonic accords.
The recording was created as a students’ project in collaboration with Sound Design Department of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under Jiří Gemrot’s supervision.
Anna Ustyantseva (concertmaster)
Recorded on December 12 2022 in Sound Design Department of APAP studios.
Marco Vontszemu (Concertmaster)
Recorded on November 17, 2021 in the Phillip Hall of Libeň Sokol Gymnasium.