Sofia Gubaidulinas distinguished career and her 80th anniversary are celebrated with this world première recording of Fachwerk. Recorded here by its acclaimed dedicatee Geir Draugsvoll and in the presence of the composer, this dramatic but also magical work is inspired by a fascination with architectural styles of timber framing. The bayan is a distinctively Russian variant of the accordion and is an essential feature of this piece, also giving a special character to the subtle poetry and textures of Silenzio.
These are very attentively performed pieces,Geir Draugsvill's bayan blending subtly with the violin and cello. --Gramophone,Dec'11
like several other Gubaidulina scores, Fachwerk manifests a spiritual kinship with Sibelius, with the sense that evokes a wild and desolate landscape. It also has some of the most traditional-sounding harmony I've heard in the composer's recent works. A marvellous disc. Performance***** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine,Mar'12