Gubaidulina: Jetzt immer Schnee; Perception

COMPOSERS: Gubaidulina
LABELS: Philips
WORKS: Jetzt immer Schnee; Perception
PERFORMER: Soloists; Netherlands Chamber Choir, Schönberg Ensemble/Reinbert de Leeuw
CATALOGUE NO: 442 531-2 DDD
The spiritual pain of Gubaidulina’s music is powerfully felt here, universalised through a religious ambience that mixes orthodox chant with sparse Stravinskian brass canzonas and Sprechgesang. Even so, these performers know how to find warmth from within the empty spaces of the choral Jetzt immer Schnee. Perception, more varied in mood and colour, is a moving lamentation for soprano, baritone and strings, in the Russian tradition of Shostakovich’s Fourteenth Symphony. Nicholas Williams

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