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World Premiere: Sofia Gubaidulina’s New Bayan Concerto “Fachwerk” in Gent, Belgium

Geir Draugsvoll and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta under the direction of Reinbert de Leeuw will perform the long-awaited world premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s newly completed bayan concerto “Fachwerk” on 13 November 2009 in Gent (Belgium). The same interpreters will then present the work in the Netherlands for the first time on 14/15 November in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw, Great Hall) and in Den Bosch (at the ‘november music’festival). The conductor in Den Bosch will be Christian Karlsen.

The work is dedicated to the Norwegian accordionist Geir Draugsvoll who holds a teaching position for accordion at the Copenhagen Music Academy. The world premiere, actually planned for 28 July 2009 at the Olavsfestival in Trondheim with the Trondheim Soloists had to be cancelled at short notice due to an illness of the composer. Gubaidulina finally finished the work in October after her recovery.

For Sofia Gubaidulina, the term FACHWERK, the sound of which fascinates her no end, contains two components. On the one hand, there is the craftsmanship necessary to make the composition into a performable musical work in its structure, form and architecture. On the other hand, the term also has aesthetic components. The “fachwerk” method of construction serves the buildings of the late Middle Ages and Early Modern Age not only from the point of view of statics, but also lends the buildings an especially charming, picturesque appearance. In the instrument bayan, too, the “fachwerk” principle is perfectly manifest, in the composer’s view, due to its method of construction and specific sound possibilities. Thus, beauty and construction are combined to form an artistic whole in Sofia Gubaidulina’s latest instrument concerto, as in her previous works.

13 November 2009
Gent (Belgium)
De Bijloke, 8 PM
World premiere: Sofia Gubaidulina
FACHWERK for bayan, percussion and string orchestra
Soloists: Geir Draugsvoll (bajan), Anders Loguin (percussion)
Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Conductor: Reinbert de Leeuw


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