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Sofia Gubaidulina (b.1931): Sacred Works, "Sonnengesang" / Christian Schmitt, organ; Ivan Monighetti, cello; Philipp Ahmann, Elbtonal Percussion; NDR Chor

Album Summary

>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Jauchzt vor Gott, for chorus & organ
>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Light and Darkness (Hell und Dunkel), for organ
>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Canticle of the Sun (Sonnengesang), for cello, 2 percussionists & chorus
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

A profoundly spiritual composer, Sofia Gubaidulina has said that 'True art for me is always religious, it will always involve collaborating with God.' As the present release demonstrates, it is therefore less than fruitful to try to divide her music into sacred and secular compositions. Jauchzt vor Gott, the opening work, is here being released for the first time. The nine-minute piece for choir and organ sets three verses from Psalm 66, and opens with a long cappella section on the word jauchzt, 'rejoice.' At this point, the organ enters with an extensive solo involving a massive dynamic intensification, after which choir and organ continue together in music which makes the concept of contrast a determining element. As the title signals, the organ work Hell und dunkel (Light and Darkness) also explores contrasts, especially in terms of color and brightness. Composed in 1976, the work is the earliest on the disc, and it is followed by the large-scale Sonnengesang, written some twenty years later and dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich. The choir sings the words of St. Francis of Assisi's celebrated Canticle of the sun, but it is the solo cello that is responsible for interpreting the meaning of the text. The important solo part is performed here by Ivan Monighetti, in dialogue with the eminent NDR Chor of the North German Radio, and with the support of percussionists from Elbtonal Percussion. Philipp Ahmann conducts this work as well as Jauchzt vor Gott, with Christian Schmitt performing the organ parts.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2017
One could hardly wish for a better soloist than Ivan Monighetti

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Rolf-Liebermann-Studio, Hamburg.



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>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Jauchzt vor Gott, for chorus & organ
  • Performers: David Csizmar; Joachim Duske (Tenor); Johannes Gaubitz; Akiko Ito; Rebecca Lea; Ivan Monighetti (Cello); Andreas Pruys; Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Conductor: Philipp Ahmann
  • Ensemble: Elbtonal Percussion
  • Notes: The Hauptkirche St. Nikolai am Klosterstern, Hamburg, Germany (10/23/2012/10/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Light and Darkness (Hell und Dunkel), for organ
  • Performers: Ivan Monighetti (Cello); Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Conductor: Philipp Ahmann
  • Ensemble: Elbtonal Percussion
  • Running Time: 11 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976

>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Canticle of the Sun (Sonnengesang), for cello, 2 percussionists & chorus
  • Performers: Johannes Gaubitz; Werner Hagen (Piano); Ivan Monighetti (Cello); Andreas Pruys; Katharina Sabrowski; Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Conductor: Philipp Ahmann
  • Ensemble: Elbtonal Percussion
  • Running Time: 41 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1997
  • Studio/Live: Live