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World Premiere: “Sogno di Stabat Mater” by Lera Auerbach in Braunschweig

The Russian-American composer Lera Auerbach has made a short adaptation of her 2005 work “Dialogues with Stabat Mater.” Bearing the title “Sogno di Stabat Mater,” it will receive its world premiere on 18 September 2009 in Braunschweig. The work for violin, viola, vibraphone and string orchestra (based on Pergolesi) was commissioned by Gidon Kremer for a CD production for Nonesuch Records. The recording will be issued in the late summer of 2010.

The composer has supplied the following comments on the original version:

“My ‘Dialogues on Stabat Mater’ are an experiment. On the one hand, I attempted to re-write selected movements from Pergolesi’s famous masterwork into a kind of concerto grosso for violin, viola and chamber orchestra whilst remaining true to the spirit of the original work, so that an abstract instrumental piece could be made out of a sacred vocal work. On the other hand, I hoped to create a kind of framework in this manner, a dialogue, a new perspective on a well-known subject. And in this dialogue I did not so much want to proceed from the aesthetic differences in culture and harmonic language between the 18th and 21st centuries, but rather from their similarities which, incidentally, are much more fascinating. The image of a suffering mother is universal – like pain, even though the forms of expression may differ according to the religious or cultural background.

“A dialogue can take place on different levels. Is it a dialogue between mother and child, beginning and end, musician and public, soli and tutti, understanding and desolation? Or is the difference between vocal and purely instrumental, between sacred and everyday language, between monologue and dialogue perhaps not so great? Every prayer is a dialogue, even if the person being addressed is not present. And whom am I addressing with my work?”

Stadthalle, 8 PM
Kremerata Baltica
Conductor and violine: Gidon Kremer


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