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Capriccio for 2 Violins Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Capriccio Uber Die Abriese - Gidon Kremer/Hanna Weinmiester
  2. Meditation Of The Bach Chorale 'Vor Deinen Thron Tret Ich Hiermit' - Elisabeth Chojnacka/Hanna Wienmeister/Elvira Bekova/Marius Stravinsky/Alfia Bekova/Alois Posch
  3. Silenzio, Five Pieces: 1/4nt=96 - Friedrich Lips/Gidon Kremer/Vladimir Tonkha
  4. Silenzio, Five Pieces: 1 Bar=42 - Friedrich Lips/Gidon Kremer/Vladimir Tonkha
  5. Silenzio, Five Pieces: 1/4nt=56 - Friedrich Lips/Gidon Kremer/Vladimir Tonkha
  6. Silenzio, Five Pieces: 1/8nt=152 - Friedrich Lips/Gidon Kremer/Vladimir Tonkha
  7. Silenzio, Five Pieces: 1/4nt=72 - Friedrich Lips/Gidon Kremer/Vladimir Tonkha
  8. Free Improvisation 'Astrea' - Sofia Gubidailina/Alexander Sluskin/Viktor Suslin
  9. Ein Engel... - Maria Kowollik/Alexander Suslin
  10. Dancer On A Tightrope (Der Seiltanzer) - Gidon Kremer/Vadim Sakhavo
  11. Three Chors On Poems: The Tiger On The Street - Woman's Voices Of The Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory Chm Chor/Boris Tevlin
  12. Three Chors On Poems: Pussy Cats - Woman's Voices Of The Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory Chm Chor/Boris Tevlin
  13. Three Chors On Poems: Tounge Twister - Woman's Voices Of The Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory Chm Chor/Boris Tevlin


Product Details

  • Performer: Elisabeth Chojnacka, Vadim Sakharov
  • Composer: Viktor Suslin, Sofia Gubaidulina
  • Audio CD (July 9, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bis
  • ASIN: B0000016OG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 23, 2007
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This BIS disc contains several performances recorded at the 1995 Lockenhaus Festival where the spotlight was on Sofia Gubaidulina (there are also two Viktor Suslin pieces, but I shall pass over those). Lockenhaus was the creation of violinist Gidon Kremer, who brought Gubaidulina to worldwide attention when he toured with her concerto "Offertorium", and besides performing on violin himself here, he has also gathered a number of world-class musicians. Of note are Friedrich Lips on bayan, the first performer on that instrument to inspire the composer, and the outstanding harpsichordist Elisabeth Chojnacka.

"Silenzio" (1991) is a set of five pieces for bayan, violin, and cello. As one can imagine from the title, this is a piece of very restrained writing. For Gubaidulina, silence is evocative of God and the religious experience, and is found often in her work (see its greatest exposition in the "conductor's solo" of her symphony "Stimmen ...Verstummen", the second string quartet is an example as well). The most active piece is the fourth, where pizzicato playing on the strings manages to overwhelm the accordion, which plays short tremolo bursts under the surface. Some of the sonorities here are very exotic and exciting, though this is one of Gubaidulina's least popularly accessible works.

"Meditation on the Bach Chorale 'Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit'" for harpsichord and string quartet (1993) is a tribute to the composer who, along with Webern, Gubaidulina venerates above all. The music consists of four sections which each work toward presenting a piece of Bach's chorale, with the full chorale finally heard in its entirety at the end.
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