It was indeed an exceptional composition and performance that you masterfully have recounted in your review. I was completely exhausted by the end of the evening with so many emotions that ever so intensely rose from the music. One should sleep a couple of hours extra and spend the day resting in order to absorb the entirety of the program in one sitting/evening. Either that or the program should have been divided into two evenings.
Also I wish you had hosted another conversation,with the composer Raskatov after the performance. He was such a forthcoming and delightful conversationalist and your questions were so insightful. I felt I was completely wrapped in his notes and words, and I miss him and his music already. Especially now when Turkey seems to be headed into the depths of medieval darkness, his music’s humanitarianism came across with such poignance. The ‘hell of knives slicing’ that you mentioned almost literally hurt, as one’s soul was ‘pierced’ by the sharpness of the potential loss a whole people may be on the verge of suffering.
Raskatov should follow with the festivities that people now are offering to express their happiness for having overcome the causes for their crying in their desolute wilderness.
Raskatov’s answer to the question “Do you think classical music is a dying art or a flourishing one?” was that he is very worried about the issue and.thinks of it every single day. His response highlighted the immense importance of IKSV’s support for new work in classical music. And last, but not least, a medallion to the Polish government for its generous contribution to music, theater, dance, art,and music – both classical and electronic throughout the year.
I am looking forward to many more such events hosted by IKSV and the Polish government.