There seems to be an existential energy over 85-year-old Sofia Gubaidulina when she explores musical fantasies about the apocalypse, with mysticism, metaphysics and spirituality. The world-famous Russian composer has created two major works which will thunder within the walls of Nidaros Cathedral.
The works to be performed:
Sofia Gubaidulina: Über liebe und hass and Fachwerk
Solists: Rauno Elp (baritone), Pavlo Balakin (basso), Aile Asszonyi (soprano) and Mati Turi (tenore)
Yes, you read correctly, Gubaidulina is now 85 years old, but is still an exceptionally vital composer with a unique ability to communicate a message of gravity and complexity. For several decades, she has been an example to younger generations of composers.
The main work of the evening, Über liebe und hass, had its premiere in Tallin in October last year, two years after she had completed her previous work. Since that time, the idea of this enormous oratorio has been ripening on the score of Gubaidulina, who is considered to be one of world’s most important contemporary composers.
At last it is going to happen. When Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (TSO), the Hungarian Purcell Choir in harmonic resonance with the professional Trondheim Vokalensemble and Nidaros Domkor, perform this 50 minute long work in Nidaros Cathedral, it will be a unique opportunity both for those who already love classical music and for those who are curious about what classical music has to offer. Über Liebe und Hass is dedicated to this evening´s conductor Andres Mustonen – a famous estonian violinist and conductor.
Gubaidulina has built on a poem by Francis of Assissi, with theological reflection and existential force.
– I was shocked when I read this text. The idea of bringing love to places where hate prevails. That really fascinates me. Gradually, I found inspiration from passages in The Old Testament, but also from the present-day – political events, flare-ups of tension between east and west and inter-religious conflicts, says Gubaidulina.
In 2009, she was busy completing the work Fachwerk – commissioned by St. Olav Festival, when she, unfortunately, fell ill and had to cancel the concert. Now it’s time to put that right!
The evening in Nidaros Cathedral closes with the 30 minute long somber and moving piece Fachwerk, which starts off thoughtfully and expressively and gradually unfolds into an overwhelming climax. The German quality newspaper Die Zeit voted the 2011 CD recording of Fachwerk «Best Album of the Year».
Fachwerk was specially commissioned for one of the world’s Russian bayan accordion virtuosos, Norwegian Geir Draugsvoll. With a repertoire which spans from Bach, Mozart, Grieg and Stravinskij to contemporary classical composers such as, precisely, Gubaidulina and Hosokawa, Berio, Nørgaard and Piazzolla, Draugsvoll has performed throughout Europe, in China and Japan and taken part in major festivals and concert arenas. He has been soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, Trondheim Soloists, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam and the Norwegian Radio Orchetra (KORK).