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Sofia Gubaidulina: Offertorium / Gidon Kremer, violin; Charles Dutoit

Album Summary

>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Offertorium, concerto for violin & orchestra (3 versions)
>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Hommage à T. S. Eliot, for soprano & octet
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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Chicago Tribune
Here are two major works from one of the most significant Soviet composers of the older generation.

"Offertorium," written in 1979-80 for violinist Gidon Kremer, is on one level a supervirtuosic modern violin concerto, filled with all manner of technical gymnastics spread over a large playing field. On a deeper level, it is a fiercely expressive study in conversion-Gubaidulina clearly has both the thematic and spiritual kinds in mind-based on the "royal theme" of Bach`s "Musical Offering."

For all her eclecticism-Penderecki sound clusters, Bergian lyricism and Webernian pointillism all simmer in the stylistic stewpot-Gubaidulina has compelling things to say and she says them in a manner that is uniquely her own. The more recent Eliot hommage is structurally more coherent, its explosive gestures more readily beholden to a kind of 1970s Euro-angst.

Kremer obviously believes in these scores with apostolic fervor and he argues Gubaidulina`s case brilliantly, as do his colleagues. An essential disc for collectors of new music. (Reviewed on CD.)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bibliothekssaal, Polling, Oberbayern/Upper Bavaria (04/1987); Symphony Hall, Boston (04/1987); Bibliothekssaal, Polling, Oberbayern/Upper Bavaria (04/1988); Symphony Hall, Boston (04/1988).



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>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Offertorium, concerto for violin & orchestra (3 versions)
  • Performer: Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 35 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1980-1986

>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Hommage à T. S. Eliot, for soprano & octet
  • Performers: David Geringas (Cello); Gidon Kremer (Violin); Alois Posch (Double Bass); Isabelle van Keulen (Violin); Tabea Zimmermann (Viola)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987-1991