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Re: Gubaidulina's Canticle
« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2011, 02:26:00 PM »
Just curious, what didn't you like about it?  :-\  (I confess I haven't heard it since--aside from the two live performances.)

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Re: Gubaidulina's Canticle
« Reply #21 on: February 06, 2011, 02:28:30 PM »
It's curious that so much of Gubaidulina's recent output is written for multiple guitars. From her current catalogue we have:

  • Ravvedimento for cello and guitar quartet (2007)
  • Pentimento, arrangement of Ravvedimento for double bass and three guitars (2007)
  • Repentance, arrangement of Ravvedimento for cello, three guitars and double bass (2008)
  • Sotto voce for viola, double bass and two guitars (2010)

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Re: Gubaidulina's Canticle
« Reply #22 on: February 06, 2011, 02:32:26 PM »
Just curious, what didn't you like about it?  :-\  (I confess I haven't heard it since--aside from the two live performances.)

In his 1990s documentary series Leaving Home, Simon Rattle recounted that Gubaidulina viewed music with a repetitive beat, namely the early Soviet rock 'n' roll she heard in her Moscow apartment block, as demonic. I find the taped material in Feast during a Plague to be a facile and downright crotchety method of representing evil. "Get off my lawn, you crazy kids with your techno music!"

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Re: Gubaidulina's Canticle
« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2011, 02:34:55 PM »
Ah, gotcha. I hadn't heard that story, thanks, and can see your point.

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Re: Gubaidulina's Canticle
« Reply #24 on: October 24, 2011, 02:05:39 PM »
I finally got a radio recording of Two Paths, Gubaidulina's concerto for two violas and orchestra. It's a real shame this was never commercially recorded, as it's one of her strongest works of the era.

The piece was written for the NY Philharmonic. Didn't the NY Phil have some policy in the 1990s that they had the rights to first recording of anything they commissioned, which meant that a piece could never be recorded if they didn't want to do it themselves? I recall Carter's Symphonia facing the same problem.
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Re: Gubaidulina's Canticle
« Reply #25 on: October 24, 2011, 03:56:50 PM »
I finally got a radio recording of Two Paths, Gubaidulina's concerto for two violas and orchestra. It's a real shame this was never commercially recorded, as it's one of her strongest works of the era.

The piece was written for the NY Philharmonic. Didn't the NY Phil have some policy in the 1990s that they had the rights to first recording of anything they commissioned, which meant that a piece could never be recorded if they didn't want to do it themselves? I recall Carter's Symphonia facing the same problem.
At least Symphonia did get recorded, though IIRC that's a more complex situation as each part of it was commissioned by a different orchestra or orchestras.

I had the chance to get a first listen to the new bayan concerto Fachwerk last week--I wasn't any too impressed, but hopefully it'll come over better on a second try. It seemed, though, an odd decision to couple it with Silenzio--a work that Naxos has already recorded. (Surely one or two of the many other bayan pieces would have been a better option.)
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Re: Gubaidulina's Canticle
« Reply #26 on: January 11, 2012, 04:27:09 AM »
Next month ECM will release a disc with yet another (the fourth!) recording of Gubaidulina's "Canticle of the Sun". What really makes it special, however, is the first commercial recording of "The Lyre of Orpheus" for violin and strings, which really deserved to be called the composer's second violin concerto -- I've loved the piece from a radio recording for years, and it's much better than the Violin Concerto No. 2 we eventually got.

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Re: Gubaidulina's Canticle
« Reply #27 on: March 06, 2012, 03:25:00 PM »
Next month ECM will release a disc with yet another (the fourth!) recording of Gubaidulina's "Canticle of the Sun". What really makes it special, however, is the first commercial recording of "The Lyre of Orpheus" for violin and strings, which really deserved to be called the composer's second violin concerto -- I've loved the piece from a radio recording for years, and it's much better than the Violin Concerto No. 2 we eventually got.

You can find it on youtube! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4lPrz4Nhtk
I would have to listen to it more carefully, but my initial impression was quite positive.

Another piece that I REALLY liked is a cello octet called Fata Morgana, very inventive, and the end is a lot of great fun! Again, you can find it on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktUNVOrXGto

"The unusual ensemble (eight cellos) offers a variety of sound and textural possibilities. The luminous natural harmonics were especially interesting for me. I used these in order to give expression to the form of a dancing sun. Let us imagine the image of a disk of the sun rotating very rapidly round its own immobile centre and throwing out "flame arrows" in various directions. This image arises in the last third of the work. Everything that has happened before is merely a preparation for this moment."

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Re: Gubaidulina's Canticle
« Reply #28 on: April 04, 2012, 04:01:04 AM »
An interview with Gubaidulina popped up today at www.classicalarchives.com, with the occasion of her 80th birthday. She discusses a few of her pieces, as well as the techniques and ideologies that are part of her music. If you like her music, you should check it out!

http://www.classicalarchives.com/feature/gubaidulina_interview2.html

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Re: Gubaidulina's Canticle
« Reply #29 on: February 04, 2013, 09:14:55 AM »
Any news on when we'll finally hear Gubaidulina's Concerto for Orchestra? It was supposed to be premiered all the way back in 2011 by the Concertgebouw, but the composer said she hadn't finished it in time because of illness.

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Re: Gubaidulina's Canticle
« Reply #30 on: February 04, 2013, 07:56:34 PM »
Any news on when we'll finally hear Gubaidulina's Concerto for Orchestra? It was supposed to be premiered all the way back in 2011 by the Concertgebouw, but the composer said she hadn't finished it in time because of illness.

Meanwhile we only have this:

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Re: Gubaidulina's Canticle
« Reply #31 on: January 16, 2020, 06:07:46 PM »
The last post was in 2013!  ::)

I couldn't help listening to this excellent CD with her string quartets:



My goodness, tremendously mind-blowing stuff!! I'm in sheer awe with this. Some of the most striking string quartets I've heard recently. Their sonorities make them sound utterly intriguing, spooky, even scary at times. Unexpected stunning music. Where had they been all this time??? I can't recommend this enough for the curious and adventurous listener.