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Sofia Gubaidulina’s “The Rider on the White Horse“ receives British Premiere

During the course of “BBC Proms” 2013 (12 July to 7 September) the London Symphony Orchestra will perform the British premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s “The Rider on the White Horse” for large orchestra and organ under the direction of Valery Gergiev on 13 August 2013.

Gubaidulina’s 2002 finished work is an orchestral extract from “St. John Passion” and “St. John Easter,” the “Intermedium” of which is incorporated into the work. Gubaidulina: “In the present orchestral work, however, the passion level is so condensed that it has been more or less melted down to a single point, a kind of turning point. (...) The first and last parts are taken from the level of apocalyptic dialogue. At any rate, the vocal soloists and both choirs are missing here, while the orchestral writing has been basically unaltered. The first part corresponds to God's descent upon the earth and the Incarnation (the element earth dominates), and the last part corresponds to the transfiguration and the Ascension of Christ (everything is devoured by fire and light).”

“The Rider on the White Horse” received its world premiere during the course of the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam on 21 September 2002.

The Sikorski Music Publishers published the printed edition SIK 8510 of this work.

13 August 2013
Royal Albert Hall, 7:30 PM
British premiere: Sofia Gubaidulina
“The Rider on the White Horse” for large orchestra and organ
London Symphony Orchestra
Valery Gergiev (direction)


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