Oleg Paiberdin — composer, artistic director and conductor of the GAMEnsemble (Moscow).
X St.-Petersburg International New Music Festival ReMusic.org
May 23, 2021 | 8 PM The New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater
I think that an artist has a little that that he has to tell about.
ANTHEM IN MEMORY OF PURCELL
AS IF BAROQUE
I KNOW, I SHALL NOT KNOW
POINT OF THE SKY
Members of the jury were unanimous, which is not surprising: we are talking about well-known and successful author, whose creativity is happily combined by excellent mastery of craft and the originality of the author's thinking, in which all technical aspects of the composition are only a means for the most organic embodiment of musical ideas. Jewelry dressing subtleties of sound, dramatic setting out his score — it is the gourmet "Chinese" piece as poetic, as the hearing, and it fully corresponds to its name.
There is a big fantasy in sound... all pieces sound very different which I like very much... totally different in everything. Actually I think that he deals very good with diatonic music. I find these pieces more interesting then the more mainstream chromatic stuff. He is influenced as it seems by repetitive music and that influence is transformed in a real original way... there is a very good use of pauses and silences. He has two faces in music. One is very soft, another is very raw. And he combines them often both in one piece. That is psychologically interesting.
His music is fresh, bright and is not cliched, and it is obvious to me.
—Boris Frankshtein, composer
Oleg Paiberdin's music attracts with its naturalness, precision and cleanliness of writing, emotional richness and plasticity of the form built without prejudices. His musical language is quite simple, but at the same time it does not contain any cliche, nothing is made mechanically or from force of habit, everything has been thoroughly heard out and verified by inner hearing. That leads to very fresh sound. He widely uses diatonicism that is not an archaic tonality but modality. It is a hard job to write in new diatonic techniques, as one should make a path on a blade of the knife to not lose attractiveness and intensity of sounding. Paiberdin succeeds in this.
—Alexandor Shchetinsky, composer
I have listened to this piece several times, each with growing admiration. It has a highly individual, haunting and hypnotic affect arising from a tightly disciplined structure developing hints (to me) of bird song, folksong and chants whilst the textures and interplay between the two instruments are fascinating.
—Peter Owen, psychologist & composer
As for me, my soul more gravitates towards O. Paiberdin's works. In them there are emotionality and expressiveness of natural, I would say, heathen principles. At the same time it is by amazing manner combined with clear logic of development, but without any damage for contemporary composition technique as such.
—Gennady Sakharov, music critic
Every time, experimenting with instrumental staff, inventing new timbre, texture or in his own way using already well-known techniques of composition, he creates astonishing works, which in their own way are "breathing" music spaces. Composing his works, Paiberdin investigates nature of sound at the same time; he wants to sense natural sound as such.
—Anna Meleshkina, musicologist
Especially on that account the composer creates the special sound-substance in every work, every time applying to new devices, taking up special instrumental staffs. Moreover, in himself works O. Paiberdin investigates itself music as it is and its historical progress. Choosing this or that historically structured music genre, O. Paiberdin contemplates it as new one, thinking over ancient things in the material of contemporary possibilities. Often such links open original meanings of genres. In basis of O. Paiberdin's intentions lies legible rationalism. And this corresponds to epoch where the composer becomes author of new devices, which are not only forming any ideas, but which are ideas themselves.
—Anna Meleshkina, musicologist
As for his incarnation of himself ideas, he is exeedingly rational. Musical result is always unexpected, bright and life-capable.