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First Time in Russia: “St. John Easter“ by Sofia Gubaidulina

Sofia Gubaidulina’s great oratorio to 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” in response to a commission from the Stuttgart Bach Academy. It is the first Russian Passion setting ever composed. The one-hour Easter Oratorio based on St. John, composed one year later to a commission from North German Radio, forms a contrast to the dark events of the Passion. Its subject is the notion of resurrection and redemption and it is set in a brighter, more lyrical tone. This completes Gubaidulina’s St. John cycle, which she designates as her “opus summum.”

On 27 April 2014 the Filarmonia Lipezk will perform Gubaidulina‘s “St. John Easter“ as a separate work with Karandakova (soprano), Gerasimov (tenor), Blinkov (baritone) and Radchenko (bass) under the baton of Vladislav Bulakhov in Lipezk for the first time in Russia.

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

The piano score of Gubaidulina‘s work is also available as printed edition SIK 8693.

27 April 2014
Lipezk (RUS)
Russian premiere: Sofia Gubaidulina
“St. John Easter“ for soli, choir and orchestra (Russian version)
Karandakova (soprano) / Gerasimov (tenor) / Blinkov (baritone) / Radchenko (bass)
Filarmonia Lipezk
Vladislav Bulakhov (direction)


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