Voices from the East

April 19, 2015, 7:00 pm

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With mechanical consistency, a lone bell creates a meditative sound. Very slowly, strings begin shimmering through the image by playing canonic scales. This Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, written by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, will be the first piece we hear in this week’s program Voices from the East. Throughout the week, our musical journey brings us to composers that were born in the most northern of the Baltic states; in Tschistapol, on the banks of the Kama river in western Russia; and in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia in the middle of the Caucasus Mountains: Arvo Pärt, Sofia Gubaïdulina and Giya Kancheli. Follow us on our journey!

Playlist

Episode 1

Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Stuttgart State Opera/Davies
ECM New Series
ECM 1405; 5:04

Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa,
I. Ludus
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Järvi
Tabula Rasa, Fratres, Symphony No. 3
DG 457647; 9:50

Arvo Pärt: Symphony No. 4, Los Angeles

LA Philharmonic/Salonen
Symphony No. 4
ECM 2160; 34:52

Episode 2

Arvo Pärt: Perpetuum Mobile, Op. 10
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
Symphonies 1-3, Etc / Järvi, Bamberg So
BIS 434; 4:07

Arvo Pärt: Collage Uber BACH: Toccata
Ulster Orchestra/Takuo Yuasa
Arvo Pärt – A Portrait
Naxos 8558182-83 ; 2:47

Arvo Pärt: Wenn Bach Bienen Gezüchtet Hätte
Boris Berman, piano
Part: Collage
Chandos 9134; 7:31

Arvo Pärt: Für Alina
Alexei Lubimov, piano
Arvo Pärt – A Portrait
Naxos 8558182-83; 3:57

Arvo Pärt: Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem (St. John Passion)
Tonus Peregrinus/Antony Pitts
Arvo Pärt – A Portrait
Naxos 8558182-83; 3:57

Arvo Pärt: De Profundis
Elora Festival Orchestra, Elora Festival Singers/Jurgen Petrenko & Noel Edison, conductors
Berliner Messe / Magnificat / Summa
Naxos 8.557299; 5:52

Arvo Pärt: In Principio, I. In Principio Erat Verbum; V. Et Verbum Caro Factum Est
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir/Tõnu Kaljuste
In Principio
ECM 2050; 6:55

Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe, VIII. Agnus Dei; IV. Zweiter Alleluiavers
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir/Tõnu Kaljuste
Te Deum
ECM 1505

Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel
Daniel Hope, violin; Simon Mulligan, piano
A Portrait (His Works • His Life)
Nimbus 5631; 8:41

Episode 3

Sofia Gubaidulina: Piano Quintet, II. Andante marziale
Quatuor Molinari & Louise Bessette, piano
Complete String Quartets; Reflections On The Theme B – A – C – H; Quintet; Trio; Freue Dich!
ATMA 22689; 7:00

Sofia Gubaidulina: Chaconne
Beatrice Rauchs, piano
The Complete Piano Music / Béatrice Rauchs
BIS 853; 8:57

Sofia Gubaidulina: Musical Toys, Mechanical Accordion, Magic Roundabout
Andreas Haefliger, piano
Solo Piano Works / Haefliger, Klee, Hannover
Sony 53960; 1:12

Sofia Gubaidulina: In Tempus Praesens (excerpt)
London Symphony Orchestra/Valery Gergiev; Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Bach Violin Concertos & Gubaidulina ‘In Tempus Praesens’
DG 0012054-02; 14:46

Sofia Gubaidulina: Musical Toys, A Bear Playing the Bass & The Black Woman
Andreas Haefliger, piano
Solo Piano Works / Haefliger, Klee, Hannover
Sony 53960; 1:01

Sofia Gubaidulina: Sonata, III
Andreas Haefliger, piano
Solo Piano Works / Haefliger, Klee, Hannover
Sony 53960; 2:38

Sofia Gubaidulina: Ten Preludes for solo cello, I. Staccato – legato, II. Legato – staccato, IV. Ricochet
Vladimir Tonkha, violoncello
The Art of Vladimir Tonkha
Megadisc 7819; 5:11

Sofia Gubaidulina: Musical Toys, The Woodpecker, The Sleigh With Little Bells, The Drummer, Musicians of the Forest
Andreas Haefliger, piano
Solo Piano Works / Haefliger, Klee, Hannover
Sony 53960; 6:52

Episode 4

Sofia Gubaidulina: Reflections on the Theme B-A-C-H
Quatuor Molinari
Complete String Quartets; Reflections On The Theme B – A – C – H; Quintet; Trio; Freue Dich!
ATMA 22689; 7:00

Sofia Gubaidulina: Hommage à T.S. Eliot for Octet And Soprano, IV, II, III, V
Christine Whittlesey, soprano; Gidon Kremer, violin; Klaus Thunemann, bassoon.; Isabelle van Keulen, violin; David Geringas, violoncello; Tabea Zimmermann, viola; Alois Posch, bass; Eduard Brunner, clarinet; Radovan Vlatkovic, horn
DG 471625; 13:30

Sofia Gubaidulina: Two Paths: Music For Two Solo Violas And Symphony Orchestra
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Kurt Masur; Cynthia Phelps & Rebecca Young, violas
Special Editions NYP 3; 24:26

Sofia Gubaidulina: Walzerspaß
Gidon Kremer & Catherine Metz, violins; Friederike Schenk, viola; Ksenja Jankovic, violoncello; Mark Marder, bass; Meir
Rimon, trombone; Stefan Schweigert, bassoon
Encore!
Philips 4322522; 3:49

Episode 5

Giya Kancheli: Theme from Mimino
Gidon Kremer, violin & Andrei Pushkarev, vibraphone
THEMES FROM THE SONGBOOK
ECM 2188; 2:50

Giya Kancheli: Vom Winde Beweint (Mourned by the Wind), I
State Symphony Orch of Georgia/Jansug Kakhidze; Yuri Bashmet, viola
Mourned By The Wind / Kakhidze, Georgia State Symphony
Melodiya 1002286; 11:06

Giya Kancheli: Herio Bichebo from Earth, This Is Your Son
Dino Saluzzi, bandoneon; Andrei Pushkarev, vibraphone
THEMES FROM THE SONGBOOK
ECM 2188; 3:42

Giya Kancheli: Main Theme from Cinema
Kremer, violin; Andrei Pushkarev, vibraphone
THEMES FROM THE SONGBOOK
ECM 2188; 1:34

Giya Kancheli: Symphony No. 5
Georgian State Symphony Orchestra/Jansug Kakhidze
Symphonies 4 & 5 / Kakhidze, Georgian No
Nonesuch 79290; 1:00, 25:27

Giya Kancheli: Main Theme from The Role for a Beginner
Dino Saluzzi, bandoneon; Andrei Pushkarev, vibraphone
THEMES FROM THE SONGBOOK
ECM 2188; 2:27