An introduction to Sofia Gubaidulina’s violin concerto Offertorium, which we perform on Wednesday 6 November as part of Southbank Centre’s. SOFIA GUBAIDULINA – Offertorium ()* – Violinkonzert · Violin Concerto – Hommage à T. S. Eliot – Gidon Kremer* – Boston Symphony Orchestra* – Charles . The leading record label for classical music in Scandinavia. Get information on artists, composers and new releases and buy CDs & SACDs from the online.

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While this was happening, Gubaidulina attempted to have the chorale from Offertorium used in a film The Great Samoyed by Arkady Kordon for which she was scoring the music, but this was rejected by the director. The request stuck in the composer’s mind, and from that chance encounter, Offertorium was born — even though Kremer’s whirlwind success, and the permission he had received to play outside the Soviet Union for two years, soon led him to forget all about it.

Gubaidulina has offered no verbai programme for the Offertoriumso far as I know, but she has said in an interview in The Musical Times: Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. To find a composer in whom simplicity and complexity are not opposites but part of a spectrum, both servants of a disciplined but impassioned expressiveness, is a welcome experience, and a richly rewarding one.

The structure, after fewer hearings than the work deserves, seems diffuse at one or two points, the violinistic gestures too incessant, but of Gubaidulina’s striking personal vision and urgent eloquence there can be no doubt.

This page was last edited on 9 Aprilat The soloist then enters, beginning a series of variations, each of which removes one note from the beginning and end of the theme.

Gubaidulina Offertorium; Hommage |

Coming from the predominantly Islamic region of Tatarstan, Sofia Gubaidulina gained a dual heritage from her parents: Our Box Office is closed and will reopen on Wednesday 2 January at 10am. Today she is one of the biggest names in contemporary classical composition. Please note that any tickets booked online will not be posted until the office reopens. Beneath this, the offertofium and piano reconstruct the theme note by note, in reverse retrogradea process that concludes only at the very end with a complete statement from the solo violin.


A recording, made by Kremer ofefrtorium Boston in Apriltook the piece around the globe. To say that her Offertorium is a brilliantly clever game in which the Thema Regium from Bach’s Musical Offering is first dematerialized by removing its outermost notes two by two until only the central E remains and then remade by the reverse process, this time so that the theme emerges backwards would be much less than half the truth.

Gubaidulina was worried that her piece would never be performed by Kremer, who instead chose to stay in the West.

Only three of its seven movements actually use Eliot’s words from the Four Quartets gubzidulina, sung in English but the whole work is concentrated upon his dark meditations on sin and redemption. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Composition Artist Credits Offertorium. We use cookies to ensure we give you the best experience of our website.

Eliota work of formidable power and gripping vehemence. Continue reading about Offertorium in our online programme. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. It was a good place for the world to start discovering the composer.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. After the theme’s demise the central section is a free rhapsody. Wednesday, 30 October Sofia Gubaidulina’s Offertorium Details Published: Like many of her other pieces, Offertorium contains religious elements.

Skip to main content. Russian and Tatar, Orthodox and Muslim though her father was not religiouscentral and peripheral, western and eastern. Both are still more marked, and religious preoccupations more overt, in the more recent Hommage a T. This article includes a list of referencesrelated reading or external linksbut its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. Home Explore News Introducing: Gubaidulina Offertorium; Hommage Offertorium. Gubaidulina orchestrates this theme using a Klangfarbenmelodie technique reminiscent of Webernpassing it around various instruments to exploit their different timbres.

Gubaidulina – Offertorium

The ‘reconstructed’ theme is in fact as remote offerttorium Bach and from serialism as one could imagine; a very long, gravely sonorous and memorably beautiful melody, of clearly religious chant-like cast.


I do not mean offrrtorium we should see the work as a piece of crypto-religious samizdat ; its subtitle is Violin Concerto, after all, and it is a vividly resourceful one, as full of virtuoso flourishes and almost gipsy violinistics as it is of precisely imagined and alluring orchestral sonorities.

Here there is no hint of diffuseness, the sense of imaginative and emotional unity is very strong, and the line of the piece is unbroken.

Whether you want to see what we think of today’s latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your favourite recordings from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database. Kremer, the person to whom it had been dedicated and given to perform, was at gubaidulima with the Moscow government for refusing to return to the Soviet Union at the end of his two-year period of permission to perform worldwide.

Since then, she has more than made up, producing, in startlingly offertofium succession, scores that confront the conventional with the exotic, even bizarre, and that dare unhesitatingly to take on weighty matters of life and belief.

The final section is a slow string chorale that resembles a Russian Orthodox hymn. Views Read Edit View history.

If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gubsidulina please click here for further information. Both performances are extremely fine, Kremer’s virtuosity in the Offertorium matched by orchestral playing of great brilliance, and the performers of the Hommage project it with passionate urgency; the recordings are very fine indeed.

That she may be the most individual of the three and the most compellingly gifted is at least strongly suggested by this impressive coupling. Offertorium, dating from the first years of her international breakthough, may be her greatest achievement. January Learn how and when to remove this template message.