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Events and Concerts in Celebration of Sofia Gubaidulina’s 85th Birthday

The fact that she has meanwhile become a living legend in contemporary music causes great astonishment to the modest composer Sofia Gubaidulina, who lives near Hamburg. The most important coordinates in the life of this Russian, who will celebrate her 85th birthday on 24 October 2016, are art as a means to introspection, a self-prescribed retreat not only when working and a profound religiosity.

This jubilee provides the occasion for many of the composer’s friends, companions and interpreters to organise special concerts and major birthday events. We can also report on important world and local premieres, including the upcoming world premiere of the oratorio “On Love and Hatred” in Tallinn on 14 October 2016. This is a work that is particularly close to the composer's heart.

14 October 2016
Estonian Concert Hall, 7 PM (Introduction to the concert: 6 PM)
World premiere: “On Love and Hatred” for soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, two mixed choirs and orchestra
Estonian premiere: “Fachwerk” for bayan, percussion and string orchestra
Aile Asszonyi (soprano)
Mati Turi (tenor)
Atlan Karp (baritone)
Uku Joller (bass)
Geir Draugsvoll (bayan)
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Chamber Choir ‘Voces Musicales’
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Andres Mustonen (direction)

24 October 2016
Tchaikovsky Conservatory, 6:30 PM
World premiere: “Simple Prayer” for reciter, two violoncelli, double bass, piano and two percussionists
Vladimir Tonkha (violoncello and reciter) and others

28 October 2016
Bolshoi Concert Hall, 6:30 PM
Tatar premieres:
“Fairytale Poem” for orchestra
Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
Yuri Bashmet (viola)
The State Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan
Alexander Sladkowski (direction)

30 October 2016
Semperoper, 11 AM
German premiere: “On Love and Hatred” for soprano, tenor, baritone, double bass, two mixed choirs and orchestra
Camilla Nylund (soprano)
Michael König (tenor)
Thomas E. Bauer (baritone)
Franz-Josef Selig (bass)
MDR Rundfunkchor (Radio Choir of the Central German Broadcasting)
Staatskapelle Dresden
Omer Meir Wellber (direction)

3 November 2016
Town Hall, Säulensaal
Tatari premiere: “Fachwerk” for bayan, percussion and string orchestra
Friedrich Lips (bajyn)
Chamber Orchestra ‘Nowaja Musyka’
Anna Woltschenko (direction)

9 November 2016
Musiikkitalo, Concert Hall, 7 PM
Finish premiere: “The Rider on the White Horse” for orchestra and organ
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Andres Mustonen (direction)

10 November 2016
NOSPR, Concert Hall, 7:30 PM
Polish premiere: “Under the Sign of Scorpio”. Variations about six hexachords for bayan and orchestra
Maciej Frąckiewicz (bayan)
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Lyndon-Gee (direction)

Copyright of the photo: F. Hoffmann - La Roche Ltd.


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