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Sofia Gubaidulina's “Fachwerk“ to Receive German Premiere

The German premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina's "Fachwerk" will be given in Potsdam on 17 September 2011. This bayan concerto was premiered in 2009 in Gent, Belgium by Geir Draugsvoll and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta under the direction of Reinbert de Leeuw.

The work is dedicated to the Norwegian accordionist Geir Draugsvoll, who will also present the German premiere together with Friedemann Werzlau (percussion) and the Kammerakademie Potsdam under the direction of Francesco Angelico.

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.

17 September 2011
Nikolaisaal, Großer Saal, 7.30 PM (introductory speech 6.30 PM)
German premiere: Sofia Gubaidulia
“Fachwerk“ for bayan, percussion and string orchestra
Geir Draugsvoll (bayan), Friedemann Werzlau (percussion)
Kammerakademie Potsdam
Francesco Angelico (direction)


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