Sofia Gubaidulina in focus

Never before has the Staatskapelle Dresden dealt so intensively with the Oeuvre of its Composer in Residence as in this current season.

17 works by Sofia Gubaidulina are scheduled in this season’s concerts of the Kapelle. Many oft hem just within a few days.

In the 8th Symphony concerts of the Staatskapelle Gubaidulina’s »Fachwerk« for Bajan (a Russian version of the button accordion) percussion and strings will be conducted by Donald Runnicles on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of March. Gubaidulina was inspired to this dramatic and simultaneously mysterious work by her enthusiasm for the architectural phenomenon of the truss construction method, which does not cover anything, but rather reveals its structure. The work is dedicated tot he Bajan virtuoso Geir Draugsvoll who has been working with Gubaidulina for many years and who will also play the solo part in Dresden. Moreover, Donald Runnicles will conduct three works from his British homeland in the 8th Symphony Concert: the »Four Sea Interludes« opus 33a fom »Peter Grimes« by Benjamin Britten, the Fantasy on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams as well as Edward Elgar‘s Concert ouverture »In the South« (Alassio).

Ten Chamber music works by Gubaidulina will be performed on Saturday the 4th of March 2017 from 5pm on at the Portrait Concert of the Composer-in-Residence in the Schlosskapelle of the Residence Dresden. This concert format is a premiere for the Staatskapelle and is an initiative of the orchestra itself. The goal of the concert is to show different stations of a composer’s vita, to illustrate the development of her musical language, to show cross references to inspirational sources and, more than anything, give the audience the possibilityto be part of this action. The first concert of this new format, organised by the Staatskapelle Chamber music, will have two breaks in which the audience will have the chance to hear the composer and musicians of the Staatskapelle in conversation.

»In our musical portrait of Sofia Gubaidulina we want to show her Oeuvre in three stations« explains Tobias Niederschlag, Dramaturg of the Staatskapelle. The evening’s concept shows Gubaidulina’s compositional roots as well as her sources of inspiration and current works. For Niederschlag it is part of the identity of the Staatskapelle to show these moments when music history meets the present to the audience. »Especially when it comes to New Music it is important not to just perform it without any explanation, but conquer it together with composer and audience, because then music comes to life. «

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