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Lucerne Festival: Swiss Premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina`s “Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ according to St. John”

During the course of the Lucerne Festival 2012, Sofia Gubaidulina`s major oratorio “Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ according to St. John” for soloists, choirs, organ and orchestra (in the Russian language) will be given its Swiss premiere on 19 August 2012 performed by the soloists Raminta Vaicekauskaite (soprano), Mati Turi (tenor), Vytautas Juozapaitis (baritone), Gennadi Bezzubenkov (bass), the State Choir “Latvia” and the Central Swiss Youth Philharmonic. The work will be conducted by the Estonian conductor Andres Mustonen.

Gubaidulina`s large oratorio based on texts of St. John the Evangelist consists of the parts “St. John Passion” and “St. John Easter”. The composer wrote the 90-minute “St. John Passion” to a commission from the Stuttgart Bach Academy. This is the first Russian setting of the Passion that has ever been made. The one-hour Easter Oratorio according to St. John, commissioned by North German Broadcasting, provides a contrast to the dark events of the Passion. Its subject is the thoughts on the Resurrection and redemption, and is composed in brighter, more lyrical tones. This completes Gubaidulina's St. John Cycle, which she designates as her “opus summum”.

The world premiere of the complete cycle took place on 16 March 2002 at the St. Michaelis Church in Hamburg conducted by Valery Gergiev.

19 August 2012
Lucerne
Lucerne Festival, KKL Konzertsaal, 6:30 PM
(Introduction to the concert: 5:30 PM)
Swiss premiere: Sofia Gubaidulina
”Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ according to St. John“ for soloists, choirs, organ and orchestra (in the Russian language)
Raminta Vaicekauskaite (soprano), Mati Turi (tenor),
Vytautas Juozapaitis (baritone), Gennadi Bezzubenkov (bass)
State Choir “Latvia“
Central Swiss Youth Philharmonic
Andres Mustonen (direction)

 

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