Gubaidulina: Sonnengesang - Schmitt, Monighetti, Ahmann

Gubaidulina: Sonnengesang - Schmitt, Monighetti, Ahmann

BIS  BIS-2276

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Vocal

Gubaidulina: Sonnengesang for cello, chamber choir and percussion (1997/98), Jauchzt vor Gott for mixed choir and organ (1989) (world premiere recording), Hell und dunkel for organ solo (1976)

Christian Schmitt (organ)
Ivan Monighetti (cello)
NDR Chor
Philipp Ahmann (conductor)

A profoundly spiritual composer, Sofia Gubaidulina has said that ‘True art for me is always religious, it will always involve collaborating with God.’ As the present disc demonstrates, it is therefore less than fruitful to try to divide her music into sacred and secular compositions. Jauchzt vor Gott, the opening work, is here being released on disc for the first time. The nine-minute piece for choir and organ sets three verses from Psalm 66 , and opens with a long cappella section on the word jauchzt, ‘rejoice’. At this point, the organ enters with an extensive solo involving a massive dynamic intensification, after which choir and organ continue together in music which makes the concept of contrast a determining element. As the title signals, the organ work Hell und dunkel (Light and Darkness) also explores contrasts, especially in terms of colour and brightness.

Composed in 1976, the work is the earliest on this disc, and it is followed by the large-scale Sonnengesang, written some twenty years later and dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich. The choir sings the words of St Francis of Assisi’s celebrated Canticle of the Sun, but it is the solo cello that is responsible for interpreting the meaning of the text. The all-important solo part is here performed by Ivan Monighetti, in dialogue with the eminent NDR Chor of the North German Radio, and with the support of two percussionists from Elbtonal Percussion. Philipp Ahmann conducts this work as well as Jauchzt vor Gott, with Christian Schmitt performing the organ parts.

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PCM recording

Recorded on 23rd/24th October 2012 at the Hauptkirche St. Nikolai am Klosterstern, Hamburg, Germany, 24/48 (Jauchzt von Gott)
Recording producer: Dirk Lüdemann
Sound engineer: Martin Lohmann

Recorded on 16th November 2011 at the Kulturkirche Altona, Hamburg, Germany, 24/48 (Hell und Dunkel)
Recording producer: Dirk Lüdemann
Sound engineer: Dominik Blech

Recorded live on 30th October 2011 at the Rolf-Liebermann-Studio, Hamburg, Germany, 24/48 (Sonnengesang)
Recording producer: Thorsten Weigelt
Sound engineer: Dominik Blech

Surround mix: Thorsten Weigelt (Sonnengesang) & Dirk Lüdemann

Executive producers: Robert Suff (BIS) / Marita Prohmann (NDR Chor)

Licensed by Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing GmbH.
Comments (3)

Comment by Robert Fernandes - July 3, 2024 (1 of 3)

This work is known in english as "The Canticle of the Sun" and another recording is available on Channel Classics.

Gubaidulina: Sonnengesang - Wispelwey, Reuss

I think it would be valuable if the two "works" could be tied in some fashion on the website.

Comment by John Broggio - July 4, 2024 (2 of 3)


Comment by Robert Fernandes - July 5, 2024 (3 of 3)

Thank you!