Sofia Gubaidulina  + Bach
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Sofia Gubaidulina + Bach

Sofia Gubaidulina shares a special affinity with Bach: both artists’ music are influenced by their faith,...

Sofia Gubaidulina + Bach

Ensemble Signal

Friday, May 8, 2015, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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Sofia Gubaidulina shares a special affinity with Bach: both artists’ music are influenced by their faith, and they share a unique blend of emotional transcendence and compositional rigor. Gubaidulina’s Chaconne for piano directly reflects her interest in Baroque forms, while her Meditation is both literally based on a Bach cantata tune and formally inspired by numerology, the practice of using spiritually or otherwise significant numbers – a technique Bach himself employed. Signal will be joined by the “vigorously intelligent” harpsichordist Kristian Bezuidenhout, praised for his “extraordinary new ideas about old music” (Boston Globe).



Repertoire

  • Gubaidulina Meditation on Bach Chorale: Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit (1993)
  • Gubaidulina Chaconne (1965)
  • J.S. Bach Chaconne in A minor (after Partita No. 2, BWV 1004, arranged for harpsichord by Lars Ulrik Mortensen)
  • J.S. Bach Ricercar a 6 from A Musical Offering, BWV 1079
  • J.S. Bach Triple Concerto in A minor, BWV 1044