Gidon Kremer, Nicolas Altstaed - Sofia Gubaidulina: Canticle Of The Sun (2012) [Official Digital Download]

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Gidon Kremer, Nicolas Altstaed - Sofia Gubaidulina: Canticle Of The Sun (2012) [Official Digital Download]

Gidon Kremer, Nicolas Altstaed - Sofia Gubaidulina: Canticle Of The Sun (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 69:18 minutes | 630 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Accomplished soloists, violinist Gidon Kremer and cellist Nicolas Altstaedt, bring forth the musical soul of Gubaidulina’s unique approach to compositions. The Kremerata Baltica backs the two musicians. A centerpiece on the album is Gubaidulina’s “The Lyre of Orpheus,” an emotional tribute to the memory of her daughter. With bare lyricism and inspired delivery, the ensemble dazzles with pulsating tones.

Sofia Gubaidulina doesn't designate either of the pieces on this recording as concertos even though they feature a solo and ensemble, and that logic is evident in the sound of the music itself, which integrates the soloists organically into its texture and structure. Gubaidulina is unquestionably a modernist and employs a wide spectrum of contemporary techniques, but she is also a mystic, so her music tends to convey a striving for transcendence that's expressed in luminous warmth. She wrote The Lyre of Orpheus for violin, percussion, and string orchestra for Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica, who deliver a radiant, shimmering performance. In her notes on the piece, Gubaidulina deals only with her somewhat arcane strategies for deriving pitches and chords, but the music itself glows with timbral ingenuity and sweetness, and almost inevitably invites the listener to call to mind the poignancy of the myth of Orpheus. She does not mention it in the notes, but she wrote the piece as a memorial to her daughter, which certainly accounts for the music's intense depth of feeling. The Canticle of the Sun for cello, chamber choir, percussion, and celesta was dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich, who gave its premiere in 1998. The unique orchestration gives it an atmosphere of luminous, ethereal mystery. She wanted to pay tribute to the cellist's famously sunny disposition, and it has sections that make one of her most exuberant works; the cello sends major chords rocketing through the first movement and there is a furiously powerful roar of ecstasy at the end of the second movement. The piece ends in the major, in an exquisitely delicate filigree of interwoven lines. Nicolas Altstaedt gives a distinguished, deeply committed performance, and the Riga Chamber Choir "Kamer…" sings with lustrous tone. ECM's sound is perfectly clean, realistic, and beautifully balanced.

Tracklist:

01 - The Lyre of Orpheus (2006)
02 - The Canticle of the Sun (1997, rev. 1998): Glorification of the Creator, and His Creations - the Sun and the Moon
03 - The Canticle of the Sun (1997, rev. 1998): Glorification of the Creator, the Maker of the four elements: air, water, fire and earth
04 - The Canticle of the Sun (1997, rev. 1998): Glorification of life
05 - The Canticle of the Sun (1997, rev. 1998): Glorification of death

Executive Produced by Manfred Eicher.
Recorded July 2006 (The Lyre of Orpheus)
and July 2010 (The Canticle of the Sun) at Lockenhaus Festival.

Musicians:
Gidon Kremer - violin (track 1)
Marta Sudraba - violoncello (track 1)
Kremerata Baltica - string orchestra (track 1)

Nicolas Altstaedt - violoncello (tracks 2-5)
Andrei Pushkarev - percussion (tracks 2-5)
Rihards Zajupe - percussion (tracks 2-5)
Rostislav Krimer - celesta (tracks 2-5)
Riga Chamber Choir, Conducted by Māris Sirmais (tracks 2-5)

Analyzed: Gidon Kremer, Marta Sudraba, Kremerata Baltica / Sofia Gubaidulina: Canticle of the Sun (1)
Nicolas Altstaedt, Andrei Pushkarev, Rihards Zalupe, Rostislav Krimer, Riga Chamber Choir Kamer., Maris Sirmais / Sofia Gubaidulina: Canticle of the Sun (2-5)
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR17 0.00 dB -24.03 dB 23:53 01-The Lyre of Orpheus (2006)
DR18 -3.56 dB -28.28 dB 10:13 02-The Canticle of the Sun (1997, rev. 1998): Glorification of the Creator, and His Creations - the Sun and the Moon
DR15 -0.10 dB -22.01 dB 13:20 03-The Canticle of the Sun (1997, rev. 1998): Glorification of the Creator, the Maker of the four elements: air, water, fire and earth
DR21 -3.15 dB -32.13 dB 14:29 04-The Canticle of the Sun (1997, rev. 1998): Glorification of life
DR18 -0.10 dB -28.38 dB 7:23 05-The Canticle of the Sun (1997, rev. 1998): Glorification of death
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Number of tracks: 5
Official DR value: DR18

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1121 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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