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Andris Nelsons | Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

sofia gubaidulina

Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: October 22, 2021

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Andris Nelsons about Bruckner and An Amazing Orchestra
1 Dialog: Ich und Du - Violin Concerto No. 3  
2 The Wrath of God for Orchestra  
3 The Light of the End for Orchestra  
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Hailed by The New Yorker as “the last indisputable compositional genius in a tradition that goes back to Mikhail Glinka,”  Deutsche Grammophon celebrates the 90th birthday of  Sofia Gubaidulina, releasing world premiere recordings of three substantial late works by this pioneering contemporary composer.

Entitled simply Sofia Gubaidulina, DG’s new album is set for international release on 22 October and features performances directed by a conductor with whom Gubaidulina has forged a hugely productive relationship in recent years: Andris Nelsons. Together, he and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester present her latest violin concerto, Dialog: Ich und Du (2018), with soloist Vadim Repin, and the orchestral works The Wrath of God (2019) and The Light of the End (2003). The album honours the remarkable achievements of a composer whose creative powers show no sign of waning.

“It is a great privilege to record these works by Sofia Gubaidulina, whose strength, artistry and genius are reflected in the intense spiritual depth of her music, and its visionary sound world,” comments Andris Nelsons. “Conducting the world premiere of the Triple Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2017 was an unforgettable experience. It has, therefore, been a particular honour to welcome Sofia Gubaidulina as the Gewandhausorchester’s composer-in-residence in Leipzig for three seasons from 2020/2021 onwards. The Gewandhausorchester and I have embraced the journeys her works have offered us throughout the past seasons, and I am thrilled that Deutsche Grammophon’s album showcases three pieces that allow her extraordinary wisdom to be shared with every listener. We wish Sofia Gubaidulina a happy 90th birthday and look forward to experiencing many more masterworks in the future.”

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