Musical masters interact.
The composers featured in this evening’s concert shared the fate of oppression by the Soviet state for decades. When they emigrated in the 1980s and 90s, all of them became major players on the international music scene. The Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, who left the Soviet Union in 1980, has been a major influence in making their music known in the west.
Arvo Pärt is the most performed contemporary composer, and Fratres is his most performed work. Repeated meditative elements circle around diatonic chords, with a long, sustained note in the bass – as a reference to eternity. In Concerto Grosso no. 1 Schnittke combines several styles, seeking to integrate serious music and entertainment music. The programme ends with Fachwerk, developed by close collaboration between Sofia Gubaidulina and the Norwegian accordionist Geir Draugsvoll.
‘I have been fascinated by this musician from the word go. I can say without exaggeration that the work is our common concern. When composer and performer collaborate, as is the case here, the eventual result is genuine art,’ Gubaidulina has said.
The young violinist Sonoko Miriam Welde and the percussion duo PERCelleh are participants in the Crescendo programme, which exists to permit young musicians to collaborate with the best established musicians – in this case Gidon Kremer and accordionist Geir Draugsvoll. Kremerata Baltica is a similar initiative; an elite ensemble of young musicians from the Baltic countries, named after its initiator, Gidon Kremer.
Kremerata Baltica | Martynas Stakionis conductor | Gidon Kremer violin | Sonoko Miriam Welde violin | Geir Draugsvoll bayan | PERCelleh percussion | Jarle Rotevatn prepared piano
ARVO PÄRT (1935–) Fratres
ALFRED SCHNITTKE (1934–1998) Concerto Grosso no. 1 (with Gidon Kremer & Sonoko Miriam Welde)
SOFIA GUBAIDULINA (1931–) Fachwerk (Kremerata Baltica with Geir Draugsvoll and PERCelleh)
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
Sonnengesang at the concert Bergen Domkor with Andreas Brantelid
Offertorium is written for violinist Gidon Kremer, who perfoms it at the concert Grieg & Gubaidulina with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Gidon Kremer & Ah Ruem Ahn
- Last Updated: 03/02/2018
- Source: Bergen Reiselivslag
Fri, May 25, 2018 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Fachwerk with Geir Draugsvoll & Kremerata Baltica
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