Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov's music has been recorded by high-profile labels from Melodiya to Sony Classical, not to mention an invaluable ongoing series by the Belgian indie Megadisc.

Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov's music has been recorded by high-profile labels from Melodiya to Sony Classical, not to mention an invaluable ongoing series by the Belgian indie Megadisc. With the best production values of all, ECM has launched into its own Silvestrov series, following up a fine chamber-music set from last year with this even better disc pairing two piano concertante works, "Metamusik" and "Postludium." Shimmering like the heat haze off some celestial highway, these pieces bend in and out of aural focus, as edgy, forward-minded ideas mix with nostalgic touches of great beauty. One of Silvestrov's prime champions, pianist Alexei Lubimov speaks his language fluently. Born in 1937, the composer fully deserves this latter-day renaissance, and ECM's gorgeous presentation underlines its dedication to his cause.—BB