Francis of Assisi's song in praise of creation.
Festival composer Sofia Gubaidulina has used words by Francis of Assisi on several occasions. His Canticle of the Sun from 1225 thanks God in its praise of Him for Brother Sun, Sister Moon, the four siblings Wind, Water, Fire and Earth and finally Sister Death. The words are performed by the choir while the cello and percussion add poetry and drama to the images that emanate.
Sonnengesang was written as a tribute to the cellist Mstislav Rostropovitsj on the occasion of his 70th birthday in 1997. In Bergen Dano-Swedish Andreas Brantelid (30) takes the musical-dramatic role of the cellist alongside percussionists Manuel Hofstätter and Gard Garshol from the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. The choral part is performed by the acclaimed choir of Bergen Cathedral, Bergen Domkor.
Johann Sebastian Bach, whose music inspires her with its 'unachievable perfection' is one of Gubaidulina's role models. His motet Fürchte dich nicht is an intricate construction in which texts from the book of Isaiah and by the 17th century poet Paul Garhardt are combined.
Bergen Domkor | Kjetil Almenning conductor | Andreas Brantelid cello | Manuel Hofstätter, Gard Garshol percussion | Sigurd Melvær Øgaard organ
SOFIA GUBAIDULINA (1931–) Sonnengesang | Francis of Assisi Sun Song for cello, choir and percussion
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685–1750) Fürchte dich nicht BWV 228 | Prelude and Fugue in F minor BWV 534
See also: More Gubaidulina works at Bergen International Festival 2018:
Ti etyder for solo cello and Chaconne for piano performed by Alice Di Piazza & Ivan Monighetti
Fachwerk at the concert Fachwerk m/Geir Draugsvoll & Kremerata Baltica
Offertorium is written for violinist Gidon Kremer, who perfoms it at the concert Grieg & Gubaidulina with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Gidon Kremer & Ah Ruem Ahn
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Sun, May 27, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:10 PM
Bergen Domkor with Andreas Brantelid
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