- Conductor: Øyvind Gimse
- Composer: Sofia Gubaidulina
- Audio CD (26 Sept. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Naxos
- ASIN: B005KNODHS
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Gubaidulina: Fachwerk/ Silenzio CD
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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
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Fachwerk is one of Gubaidulina's typical narrative pieces, of course the main character is being projected by the bayan, and at the end one has a sense of having travelled long and far with plenty of adventures along the way. After an opening full of dramatic chords, suspense and tensions building up there's a solo part for the bayan, during which a 3-note descending motif is introduced which can be heard in subsequent episodes too. Next the music almost comes to a lonely standstill; however an energetic high string section picks up the momentum again. After some 24 minutes another thoughtful and indeed tuneful solo part for bayan is introduced. Some bells initiate what appears to be a nice buildup towards the big finale, however at some point the bayan character disagrees and takes a decidedly grumpy turn (quite funny this), only for the strings to take over again to drag the ever protesting bayan towards the finishing line.Read more ›
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Also included are five brief pieces for bayan, violin and cello, entitled Silenzio. Most are played at a piano or pianissimo level, and many of the same compositional principles apply here too, static contrasts with dynamic movement and exquisite manipulation of timbre with almost undetectable blurring between bayan and the two string instruments. Recommended!
The first stellar piece on this CD is `Fachwerk' (2009) for accordion and orchestra. It opens with this amazing sus accordion, to harp arpeggio, followed by a five octave gliss through the entire string orchestra (which is very familiar?--is it Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream?) Anyway the music never flags, Mussorgskyish in its juxtapositions, harmonic boldness and triumphalism. The gliss. eventually transforms into extremely dangerous chromaticism (Erwartung on Quaaludes) and is so fresh and stern at the same time, it reminds me of animation music for religious correction and reproof. The string gliss continues being transformed in a million different ways, all the post-modern juxtapositions of the permutations being reminiscent of my past fav, Schnittke. Also, The shear brilliance of the orchestration put it easily into the spectral camp of eastern block composers. The accordion part keeps expanding exponentially and by the middle is sonically huge (overdubbing?). The piece eventually reaches a mind numbing climax with is followed by a slow movement. Here a circle of fifths moves through all 12 keys making a connection to the 5 octave gliss. There's lots of Siberia like-type space and breathing here (in the slow movement), as there is throughout the piece-the sign of a real master. After a while, you start to realize you've been listening to the same gesture over and over again, like a slow motion Cossack sword coming down on your head forever, over and over! The only down side is Sofia could never match that climax before the slow movement when she comes to the final climax at the end. She wouldn't be the first composer that ran out of bullets (ask Custer)--despite that, this is truly an amazing piece. May western composers be shipped to the gulag post-haste, no foam, for correction and reproof.
The second cut, Silenzio for violin, cello and accordion (1989) is equally enthralling although completely opposite in mood and intent. It's a five movement work that barely gets louder than a pp and consists of long microtonal sustains from which flows various short melodic fragments. It is like the most personal of Bergman film, delicate, deeply refined reflection on mankind's interior life. Built into the structure of the piece is basically the cello gets higher as the violin gets lower, inverting the same plaintive melodic fragments, until the two instruments are at the top and bottom of their respective registers. Meanwhile the accordion throughout is sustaining and mirroring the main pitch sets, almost like reverb or delay, bathing the whole progression in a dream-like resonance. Another great piece!
Please buy every CD Sofia ever made so she can retire to a nice Dacha on the Black Sea and churn out more amazing music. -Signed her new agent and #1 fan!