Monday, January 16, 2012

Bashmet and Gubaidulina

I discovered the remarkable contemporary composer Sofia Gubaidulina today.

I've hardly had time to begin exploring her large body of work, but I did listen to her astonishing "Concerto for viola and orchestra" (1996) twice and wanted to share it, as well as save the links here on my blog for quick future reference.

The concerto is split up into four clips below. Bashmet's virtuosismo is perfectly suited to the extremes of this piece (see first 3 mins of clip 3 for instance), and the Sinfônica de Colônia turns in a dynamic, muscular performance. This piece is a must-own.

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