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In the history of ‘Pelléas da Mélisande’ there is a lot of mystical, encrypted, unsaid. The fictional kingdom of Alemond exists outside of a certain era, outside of reality and time. The strange and infantile characters in the play live in their own temporal dimension. The events are driven not by the actions of the heroes, but by their reflections, spontaneous impressions, reasoning, exchange of emotions, clarification of relationships.
The orchestral embodiment of the imaginative world of such a drama demanded professional ingenuity and virtuoso skill from the composer, who strove to avoid monotony and static in the new suite. He embodied in music an active internal plot, gave dynamism, alternating tempos and rhythms, timbre nuances, sound colors of modes, tonalities, creating an amazing theatricality of effective episodes and a genre variety of ancient dances.
The author of the suite 'Pelléas and Mélisande' does not seek to experiment with the latest musical techniques, he is interested in maximizing the singing nature of string instruments, the beauty of sound recording, which helps to reveal the emotional purity of the images of the embodied plot. And connoisseurs of Alexander Litvinovsky's work will recognize his bright, attractive author's style, which combines elements of baroque, romantic and postmodern music.
(Music critic Svetlana Beresten)