- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 12.4 x 14 x 0.99 cm; 77.96 g
- メーカー : Deutsche Grammophon
- EAN : 0028947162520
- 製造元リファレンス : 028947162520
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 2002
- 時間 : 1 時間 9 分
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : Deutsche Grammophon
- ASIN : B000066I9E
- ディスク枚数 : 1
This entry in DG's Echo 20/21 series of contemporary music reissues is outstanding for its musical quality, engineering, and remarkable performances. Offertorium is aptly subtitled "Violin Concerto" to reflect the role of the solo violin, here played with brilliance and understanding by Gidon Kremer, for whom it was written. It's in three continuous sections, each headed by a fascinating Webernesque deconstruction of the theme from Bach's Musical Offering. The extensive violin part is technically demanding, and the vigorous orchestral interjections range from the hauntingly wispy to the aggressively colorful. "The Homage à T.S. Eliot for Octet and Soprano" can be described as "mystical with backbone," perfectly complementing the texts, drawn from Eliot's Four Quartets. The music itself is haunting, rhythmically alive, and forward-moving. Its 33 minutes fly past, thanks to the Kremer-led all-star octet, Gubaidulina's inventive scoring, and the tension-filled vocal lines. Soprano Christine Whittlesey, a noted performer of modern vocal music, who sings in three of the work's seven movements, offers outstanding vocalism and interpretative intensity. --Dan Davis
These "late Soviet" works share a stark contrast between dark and light, and the protagonist's voice is set against powerful forces -- in OFFERTORIUM there are sinister horns, also reminiscent of Shostakovich. The piece is marked at about the half-way point, and then ends, with conventionally beautiful lyrical passages that come as welcome resolution of the tense preceding drama. Dutoit and the Boston Symphony are superb. Both pieces are characterized by complex textures, and internal development that is endlessly fascinating.
HOMMAGE a T.S. ELLIOT is a chamber work in 8 movements which alternates between strings, horns and vocals in various combinations. I've been listening to Boulez's new recording of PLI SELON PLI recently, as well as Schoenberg's PIERROT LUNAIRE and ERWARTUNG, and by comparison, Gubaidulina's writing for soprano voice is outstanding. Both of these works by Sofia Gubaidulina are clearly among the very best of the 20th century!