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Sofia Gubaidulina
Sofia Gubaidulina

Elsbeth Moser bayan
Boris Pergamentschikow cello
Münchener Kammerorchester
Christoph Poppen conductor
 
Seven Words
Ten Preludes
De profundis

Recorded January 2001
ECM New Series 1775
 
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The composer from the Tartar Republic of the former Soviet Union is a unique figure in contemporary music, and the first ECM album of her compositions underlines many of the strengths of her work, foremost among them a deep feeling for sound and texture. As a colourist, too, Gubaidulina has few equals, and the way in which she mixes "folk" and "concert" instruments - in this case the bayan (the Russian button accordion), the violoncello and strings - is exceptional. Tremendous performances by Elsbeth Moser, Boris Pergamenschikow and the Münchener Kammerorchester under Christoph Poppen.