Gubaidulina: In Tempus Praesens (BIS BISCD1752) CD
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BIS here present a substantial addition to Sofia Gubaidulinas discography to coincide with her 80th birthday. Her music is intimately connected to her religious and philosophical beliefs. In the violin concerto In tempus praesens the numbers 1 and 3 derived from the Holy Trinity play an important role, as well as the concept of Sophia, implying divine wisdom and the creative power of God. The soloist here is Vadim Gluzman. Another pillar of Gubaidulinas musical thinking is rhythm, and this disc features her most recent work for percussion: Glorious Percussion received its first performance in 2008 by an international group of eminent percussionists adopting the works title as its name. In this world première recording of the work, the ensemble appears with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra under Jonathan Nott.
Gluzman brings a compelling intensity, the sound firm but unerringly beautiful. --The Sunday Times
Sofia Gubaidulina's second violin concerto,In Tempus Praesens(2007), is one of her most eloquent utterences, pitting solo and orchestra against each other with tremendous expressive intensity.Vadim Gluzman brings a raw power to the solo part, which is taxing yet seems to be born from the acoustic properties of the instrument.All in all a poetic reading,worth acquiring. Performance**** Recording***** --BBC Music Magazine,Mar'12
Vadim Gluzman (delivers) …a performance of tremendous power. These outstanding recordings were made live, at concerts given in Lucerne in 2011 and 2008, and the BIS team has done a superb job in editing them for this release. --IRR, Mar'12
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I attended one of the 2008 premiere concerts of Glorious Percussion in Gothenburg, conducted by rising star Gustavo Dudamel (who recently confessed to not quite knowing what to make of this odd piece back then) and was struck by the visual spectacle of the large array of percussion instruments including xylophones, backed up by the orchestra and if I remember correctly at least 6 enormous Wagner tubas, as heard at the very beginning of the piece and at other points throughout. This points to the problem with this piece because during a concert one can relate the percussion effects to actions by the five percussionists on the podium but in a recording heard on its own all those subtle effects tend to get lost, also in those episodes where they improvise on their own. The overall effect is that of a long and somewhat sprawling piece which definitely has its moments but also just sort of meanders along to no apparent purpose.
Much more purpose can be discerned in the other piece, which is the second recording of Gubaidulina's second violin concerto "In Tempus Praesens", completed after a long gestation period and finally premiered by dedicatee Anne-Sophie Mutter in 2007 in Lucerne but not by its orchestra that plays on this disc. Here the term "full orchestra" must be qualified because Vadim Gluzman's lead violin is actually the only one featured in this piece.Read more ›