サッリネン:バラバの対話 Op.84 (5人の歌手、ナレーターと7人の奏者のための)(フィンランド語歌詞・英語対訳付き) インポート
バラバの対話 Op.84 (5人の歌手、ナレーターと7人の奏者のための)(フィンランド、ナーンタリ音楽祭委託作品、フィンランド語歌詞・英語対訳付き)
Sallinen had a few years earlier written a chamber piece called 'Barabbas Variations' for solo accordion and string orchestra and it uses some of the same materials as the present work. 'Barabbas Dialogues' also includes an accordion in the chamber ensemble.
In the story of the Passion of Christ, Barabbas (actually named Jesus bar Abbas), as most will recall, was the insurrectionist and murderer (member of a Jewish group attempting to overthrow the corrupt and oppressive government of Pontius Pilate) who was selected over Jesus, in a Passover custom, to be spared execution by a vote of the crowd of onlookers. The text for this wholly tonal, sparely orchestrated but richly melodic work, is taken from a longer poem by Lassi Nummi. Nummi, a distinguished Finnish poet (and brother of the equally distinguished composer Seppo Nummi, whose music deserves to be better known; he has written some lovely songs to verses by his poet brother), collaborated with the composer in cutting the text down to manageable size and recasting it in the form of seven dialogs between the soloists, each of whom represents a specific character (Barabbas, a Woman, Judas, Youth, a Maiden) interspersed with spoken narration that ties it all together. The performances could not be better. One is concerned that this powerful work will languish because its text is in a language (however lovely) that is rarely spoken or understood outside Finland. One hopes a singable English or German translation will be fashioned.
Even if you do not understand Finnish, there are side-by-side English and German translations printed in the accompanying booklet, as well as charming and informative notes by the composer who says, 'Is "Barabbas Dialogues" a song cycle, a chamber oratorio, a piece of musical theater or something else? I haven't troubled my head with this question. In the best of circumstances, a work of art creates its own world.' This one certainly does.
Strongly recommended to those curious about what is coming out of what must surely be the most musical nation on earth, Finland.