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Sofia Gubaidulina: Grand Oratorio Johannes and Violin Concerto

For Sofia Gubaidulina, the composition of her cycle Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ according to John, consisting of her St. John Passion and St. John Easter is the fulfilment of a long cherished wish. The German-language premiere of the grand oratorio with the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and the Gchinger Kantorei under the direction of Helmuth Rilling took place on 9 and 10 February 2007 at the reconstructed Frauenkirche in Dresden.

The renowned Lucerne Festival is dedicating itself to the subject of Origin in 2007. Sofia Gubaidulina has been invited here, too, and has composed a Violin Concerto for Anne-Sophie Mutter commissioned by the Paul Sacher Foundation. On 30 August 2007 Simon Rattle will direct the Berlin Philharmonic in the premiere of the work at the Concert House in Lucerne. The German premiere will follow on 6 September 2007 at the Berlin Philharmonie.