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Discussion: Gubaidulina: The Deceitful Face of Hope & Despair - Bezaly, Venzago

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Post by Peter June 5, 2007 (1 of 1)
Translated with apologies - please feel free to improve.....

Each new genesis of a disc of works by Sofia Gubaidulina is an event. Forming part of that rare group of women composers, the Russian musician, born in 1931, always fascinated by a language which is certainly modern but which is always attached to roots of a formative past: “In my opinion, the ideal relationship with traditional and new techniques of composition is that where the artist controls the old one and the new but in a manner which lets one believe that it adheres to neither. There are composers who build their works very conscientiously; I am one of those who “cultivate them”. And this is why what I assimilated form the roots of a tree and work, its branches and leaves. Dimitri Shostakovich and Anton Webern exerted the greatest influence on my work. Although my music does not carry apparent influences from them, these two composers taught me the most important lesson of all: to be myself “. This is how the great Russian expresses herself.

The disc opens with her last composition, from 2005, “The Deceitful Face of Hope and of Despair”. This concerto for flute and full orchestra, dedicated to Sharon Bezaly, is at the same time a musical and acoustic experience. Inspired by one of T. S. Eliot’s poems, the work tries to describe how the composer sees “the misleading face of hope and despair”. After that comes a work from 1982, “Sieben Worte”, well-known to Gubaidulina’s fans, telling of her vision of the Seven Last words of Christ on the Cross, for cello, bayan and strings. Directing the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Mario Venzago captures both works recorded here in good perspective. With multichannel’s advantages, his striving for space and timbre find an ideal medium, while the young flautist Sharon Bezaly contributes her disciplined playing to an “ensemble of sound”, a detailed drawing out of which the music seems to be perpetually evolving.

A truly enchanting SACD.