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Gubaidulina: The Canticle Of The Sun, Etc / Numajiri, Et Al

Release Date: 10/23/2001 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 57153   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sofia Gubaidulina
Performer:  Simon CarringtonEmmanuel PahudJeremy CornesDave Jackson,   ... 
Conductor:  Mstislav RostropovichRyusuke Numajiri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The first sounds heard in Sofia Gubaidulina's Canticle of the Sun, an ascending series of strained solo cello portamentos, gives the impression that we're in for some angrily distressed music making. The sudden appearance of the female chorus intoning eerie, Ligeti-style chords only confirms this. So, it comes as a pleasant surprise when the music then transforms into beautiful triadic harmony, with the full chorus entering on terraced arpeggios. This simple yet dynamic harmonic pattern forms the lynchpin of the entire work, which is really Eastern in concept and design and features some spectacular solo work from Rostropovich, along with startling percussion interjections and Latin verses sung in ethereal tones by the London Voices. Read more />

Music for Flute, Strings, and Percussion also could be described as Eastern in modality, especially with its Kabuki-style flute writing and clangorous percussion. But this is all set within a 20th century orchestral framework and follows a distinctly Western-style dramatic narrative. After a frenetic opening "movement" containing some arresting flute gymnastics (thrillingly played by Emmanuel Pahud) the subdued middle section begins stealthily with a sequence of Ivesian chord progressions on the strings. The "finale" features breathtakingly original instrumental effects (the players make some unearthly sounds by actually breathing through their instruments) that bring to mind the startling innovations of George Crumb. Rostropovich leads the London Symphony in a stunning performance of this powerful, strangely beautiful music. The recording is quite realistic, which makes it a shame that I can't rate this disc a 10 due to the fact that EMI's booklet lists 14 tracks, when in actuality there are only 9, leaving the last three sections of Canticles and the whole of Music for Flute, Strings, and Percussion on one track. Not exactly user friendly. [2/6/2002]
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Music for Flute, Strings and Percussion by Sofia Gubaidulina
Performer:  Simon Carrington (Percussion), Emmanuel Pahud (Bass Flute), Jeremy Cornes (Percussion),
Dave Jackson (Percussion), Neil Percy (Percussion), Emmanuel Pahud (Alto Flute),
Emmanuel Pahud (Piccolo), Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Watford Colosseum, London, England 
Length: 30 Minutes 42 Secs. 
The Canticle of the Sun by Sofia Gubaidulina
Performer:  Neil Percy (Percussion), John Alley (Celesta), Simon Carrington (Percussion),
Mstislav Rostropovich (Percussion), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Ryusuke Numajiri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 44 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

The Canticle of the Sun: 1. Opening...Altissimo omnipontente bon Signore
The Canticle of the Sun: 2. [fig.15]
The Canticle of the Sun: 3. [fig.25]...Laudato si, mi Signore, cun tucte le tue creature.....
The Canticle of the Sun: 4. [fig.34]...Laudato si, mi Signore, per sora luna e le stelle...
The Canticle of the Sun: 5. [fig.66]
The Canticle of the Sun: 6. [fig.87]
The Canticle of the Sun: 7. [fig.95]...Laudato si, mi Signore, per quelli ke perdonano per lo tuo amore...
The Canticle of the Sun: 8. [fig.111]
The Canticle of the Sun: 9. [fig.126]
The Canticle of the Sun: 10. [fig.132]...Laudate si, mi Signore, per sera nostra morte corporale...
The Canticle of the Sun: 11. [fig.144]...Laudate et benedicete mi Signore
Music for Flute, Strings & Percussion: Opening...
Music for Flute, Strings & Percussion: [fig.52]
Music for Flute, Strings & Percussion: [fig.95]

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