Started by Mirror Image, November 17, 2010, 02:50:51 PM
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Quote from: James on November 17, 2010, 03:29:02 PMOFFERTORIUMGubaidulina's violin concerto, Offertorium (1980, revised 1982 & 1986), was one of her first works to become known outside the Soviet Union. It's a moving and virtuosic piece, built entirely around the theme of J.S. Bach's Musical Offering, which is stated at the beginning, spread between different instruments in the style of Webern's orchestral transcription of the work. For Gubaidulina, Offertorium represents an attempt "...to unite the two personalities in the history of music who have produced the greatest impression on me." In the first part of the work's single movement the theme is heard several times, but with each variation it gradually disintegrates; by the end of Offertorium the theme has been transfigured and is played in retrograde by the soloist - a moment of calm beauty and resolution.One of the best performances comes from Gidon Kremer, for whom the work was written; his passionate account is coupled with Hommage a T.S. Eliot (1987) for soprano and octet.
Quote from: Sid on November 17, 2010, 08:10:44 PMI have heard a bit of Offertorium but it just seemed to be covering ground that had already been gone over in the above works. The Mutter recording is in my local library & I plan to borrow it at some stage...
Quote from: Sid on November 17, 2010, 09:02:28 PMI don't think I'm doing the same thing as you did. My review of that Gubaidulina chamber cd was pretty mixed. I noted some things I thought were good, as well as offering some criticisms. Perhaps I should have withheld judgement on Offertorium, since I haven't heard all of it, but I did say that it only seemed to cover ground that had already been trodden on by the composer (& CRCulver made some similar points above). I'm leaving the door open to Gubaidulina, and (in fact) aim to listen to that Naxos chamber disc tonight when I get home. I'll post some more solid impressions of it here or in the latest listening thread when I get the chance...
Quote from: Sid on November 17, 2010, 08:10:44 PM I have heard a bit of Offertorium but it just seemed to be covering ground that had already been gone over in the above works.
Quote from: Velimir on November 17, 2010, 10:28:38 PMHearing a bit of this piece is really no way to judge it. Set aside some time and give it your full attention. That's what I did the first time I tackled it, in the dark with the headphones on. It made a great impression.
Quote from: Scarpia on November 18, 2010, 07:02:43 AMWell, failed to make it through the recording of the new violin concerto with Mutter. I will put it aside and try again later. One problem was reading the CD booklet. Gubaidulina's discussion of the work seems to be mainly centered on the fact that the collaboration with Mutter is based on the fact that they have she same first name, and therefore share a deep bond. Hard to divorce the impression of the music from the impression that the composer is a half-wit.
Quote from: CRCulver on December 27, 2010, 03:39:59 PMI'm listening to Feast during a Plague again for the first time in a couple of years. It's just awful. I wonder if it will remain in Gubaidulina's catalogue when I can't imagine any ensemble ever taking it up again.
Quote from: lescamil on December 27, 2010, 08:07:22 PMWhere did you get this recording from? As far as I know, it is commercially unrecorded, and I haven't seen it pop up on broadcasts.
Quote from: CRCulver on December 28, 2010, 06:52:57 AMThere's a (radio?) recording that floats around on filesharing networks.
Quote from: lescamil on December 28, 2010, 09:24:19 AMDo you mind uploading it? Or can you point out where you got it from?
Quote from: lescamil on February 06, 2011, 12:57:14 PMListening to Gubaidulina's Feast During a Plague right now (I managed to find it online), and I happen to like it a bit. That brass fanfare at the beginning sets up the piece quite well. I could see this piece getting more performances in the future with the right circumstances.
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