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 Sunday, November 19, 2017 11:11 
THE LAST SUPPER

 

FACHWERK / KAPOTE

 

Lips CD 027
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1. Sofia Gubaidulina (*1931) - FACHWERK (2009)                                             33:44

                                                for bayan, percussion and string orchestra

2. Giya Kancheli (*1935) – KAPOTE  (2006)                                                        28:24

                                           for bayan, percussion, bass guitare and string

                                           orchestra

                                                                                                     Total time      62:08

Friedrich Lips, bayan

 1. Symphony orchestra of Russian Gnesin Music Academy

    Alexander Solovyov, conductor

    Live recording in Moscow’s Gnesin Concert Hall on December 13th,  2013

2. „Orpheus“ radio Symphonic Orchestra      

     Sergey Kondrashov, conductor

The idea of “framework“ (dedicated to Geir Draugsvoll) comes from the architectural style of the same name. Traditional timber framing is the method of creating structures using heavy squared-off and carefully fitted and joined timbers with joints secured by large wooden pegs. These struts are visible on the outer sides of the house, thus giving it a distinctive look. Such house constructions are characteristic in Alpine regions: Switzerland, Austria, Alsace in France ... In this work, Sofia Gubaidulina, following the laws of this architectural style, quasi rotates the instrument from inside to out and shows  maximum of possibilities based on the particular construction of the accordion: both a new understanding of the role of the standard bass manual and its connection to the melody bass manual, as well as a variety of tone-glissandi, including polyphonic ... This whole constructive framework, due to the ingenuity and imagination of the composer, develops into a colorful emotional image and has a strong effect on the listener.

Giya Kancheli sometimes is called “Maestro of silence“. “Kapote“ means “once, ages ago“ in its translation from the Greek. An original minimalism and the finest sound painting literally dazzle the listener with their magical beauty. Imaginative contours, once (“Kapote“) solidified in crystal-clear beauty, slowly encase our ears. Our consciousness hears formerly heard melodies and tango rhythms, a tarantella, an allusion to the sound of the barrel organ, the Caucasian Harmonica ... Man lives in the future. Our essence is fixated on what we need to do tomorrow, in one month, one year ... In our age of aggressive information overload it sometimes seems that we have no time left to live. And it is given just to a few to feel free without any problems at a given moment. When we listen to this work of Kancheli, the words of Pope Benedict XVI come to our mind: “Music has three sources: love, sorrow and encounter with God“.

 

 

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