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Milan: Italian Premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina's ”In the Sign of Scorpio“

The bayan concerto ”In the Sign of Scorpio by Sofia Gubaidulina, premiered in 2003 in Stockholm, will receive its Italian premiere in Milan on 24 March 2011.

The composer has dedicated this work, commissioned by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, to the bayanist Friedrich Lips, performed the world premiere of the work with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The interpreters of the Italian premiere are Davide Vendramin (bayan) and the Orchestra Sinfonica "Giuseppe Verdi" Wayne Marshall.

Sofia Gubaidulina has supplied the following commentary on her work:

“The title of the bayan concerto "Under the Sign of Scorpio" arose from the fact that this work is dedicated to one of the most serious musicians of our time, the bayanist Friedrich Lips, who was born under the zodiacal sign of Scorpio. (Incidentally, this is also my own zodiacal sign.)”

Follow-up performances will take place at the Milan Auditorium on 25 and 27 March.

24 March 2011
Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo, Virtual Hall, 8:30 PM
Italian premiere: Sofia Gubaidulina
”Under the sign of scorpio”. Variations on six hexachords for bayan and large orchestra
Davide Vendramin (bayan)
Orchestra Sinfonica “Giuseppe Verdi“
Wayne Marshall (conductor)


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