An introduction to Sofia Gubaidulina’s violin concerto Offertorium, which we perform on Wednesday 6 November as part of Southbank Centre’s. SOFIA GUBAIDULINA – Offertorium ()* – Violinkonzert · Violin Concerto – Hommage à T. S. Eliot – Gidon Kremer* – Boston Symphony Orchestra* – Charles . The leading record label for classical music in Scandinavia. Get information on artists, composers and new releases and buy CDs & SACDs from the online.
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Both performances are extremely fine, Kremer’s virtuosity in the Offertorium matched by orchestral playing of great brilliance, and the performers of the Hommage project it with passionate urgency; the recordings are very fine indeed.
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She was thirty by the time she produced her first notable piece, her now much-performed Chaconne for piano, and nearly sixty before her name was known at all outside Russia. Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. Here there is no hint of diffuseness, the sense of imaginative and emotional unity is very gbaidulina, and the line of the piece is unbroken.
But just as its title alludes both to the Bachian model and to the Mass, so ‘conversion’ seems to refer both to a translation of Bach and Webern, in whose manner the ‘Royal Theme’ is first stated into Russian idiom, and to some spiritual process for which that transformation could be a metaphor. Perhaps it was a lot to absorb, for she was slow to get going as a composer.
After the theme’s demise the central section is a free rhapsody. The name of Odfertorium Gubaidulina has been heard more and more often in the West in the last few years, often enough bracketed with those of her close contemporaries Alfred Schittke and Edison Denisov.
Kremer, the person to whom it had been dedicated and given to perform, was at odds with the Moscow government for refusing to return to the Soviet Gubaidullina at the end of his two-year period of permission to gubzidulina worldwide.
In uniting her twin inspirations, Webern and Bach, and in the deep Christian symbolism of the theme’s “death” and “resurrection”, Offertorium is a work representative of Gubaidulina’s mature period. While this was happening, Gubaidulina attempted to have the chorale from Offertorium used in a film The Great Samoyed by Arkady Kordon for which ggubaidulina was scoring the music, but this was gubaidylina by the director.
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The ‘reconstructed’ theme is in fact as remote from Bach and from serialism as one could imagine; a very long, gravely sonorous and memorably beautiful melody, of clearly religious chant-like cast. Russian and Tatar, Orthodox and Muslim though her father was not religiouscentral and peripheral, western and eastern.
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The apparent musical ‘programme’ of the work from Bach back to Bach by way of quasi-serial procedures is also an understatement, I believe, both of its objectives and its achievement. Offertorium was first performed in in Vienna by Kremer and the ORF Symphony Orchestradirected by Leif Segerstamand was immediately lauded for its striking beauty. Home Explore News Introducing: Coming from the predominantly Islamic region of Tatarstan, Sofia Gubaidulina gained a dual heritage from her parents: The request stuck in the composer’s mind, and from that chance encounter, Offertorium was born — even though Kremer’s whirlwind success, and the permission he had received to play outside the Soviet Union for two years, soon led him to forget all about it.
The structure, after fewer hearings than the work deserves, seems diffuse at one or two points, the violinistic gestures too incessant, but of Gubaidulina’s striking personal vision and urgent eloquence there can be no doubt.
Retrieved from ” https: Beneath this, the harps and piano reconstruct the theme note by note, in reverse retrogradea process that concludes only at the very end with a complete statement from the solo violin.
Only three of its seven movements actually use Eliot’s words from the Four Quartetssung in English but the whole work is concentrated upon his dark meditations on sin and redemption.
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Wednesday, 30 October Light and darkness, ”the fire and the rose”, are the central images of the texts Gubaidulina has chosen, and her musical imagery, her use of instruments lffertorium, match those images with precise poetic insight.
Since then, she has more than made up, producing, in startlingly rapid succession, scores that confront the conventional with the exotic, even bizarre, and that dare unhesitatingly to take on weighty matters of life and belief.
Gubaidulina was worried that her piece would never be performed by Kremer, who instead chose to stay in the West.