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    Quote Originally Posted by Tulse View Post
    It is on Spotify, a Dutch production. I'm listening to it now.
    I found Jetzt Immer Schnee on YouTube, it’s not listed separately but as one of three videos.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PLU...&v=m5Q9rSVBCQM

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    Having found this on Spotify and having listened to Offertorium I shall move onto some of the chamber works starting with Silenzio.
    Glad I found this as it covers many of the works others have mentioned plus others to explore

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    Of the pieces mentioned in this thread so far that I was not already familiar with I've listened to the Concerto for Bassoon and Low Strings, the Triple Concerto, and Stunde der Seele. I was completely blown away by Stunde der Seele. Does anyone know if there are any recordings available? I haven't been able to find any. I've only been able to find the youtube recording linked in this thread.
    I also really enjoyed the Bassoon Concerto. The Triple Concerto did not really hold my interest on the first hearing, but I am going to give it a couple of more tries.
    Next I plan on exploring her string quartets which I am completely unfamiliar with.

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    Try this, in a collection of several CDs released by Col Legno:




    Gubaidulina revised the piece for the festival, and the percussionist Mark Pekarsky. This is the recording I own.

    I have contacted one friend of mine, and he told me there is also a recording of the 1970s version (it seems there is also more than one version from the 1970s, anyway). It could be this one:



    But I'm not sure, I haven't heard this CD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperTonic View Post
    Next I plan on exploring her string quartets which I am completely unfamiliar with.
    That's where I've been putting my listening emphasis, since they're basically new to me. There's a lot of variation in performances, as one would expect when dealing with works with aleatoric elements. I'll be interested in what recordings people gravitate toward. The Stamic Quartet is the best all-arounder for my money from what I've been able to hear online. I want to hear the Arditti #3, which isn't on Youtube.

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    Great thread! I'm a fan of Gubaidulina. I've watched the old documentary on YouTube, and I find it fascinating that a poor Russian girl growing up in such stark surroundings possessed such an incredible imagination. She seems such a humble and unassuming person, but she obviously has a brilliant mind. So far my favorite works are symphony in 12 movements, Lyre of Orpheus, Offertorium, and her percussion concerto. There is also a 3 disc set on NEOS of her chamber music for double bass that I'd like to pick up.
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    Listening to Silenzio Five Pieces for classical accordion, violin and cello
    Written in 1991
    Parts of this sound quite minimalistic to me, reminded me of Philip Glass at times. Gave me the feeling this is quite a spiritual work

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    Just picked up some library holds today; including 3 Gubaidulina discs.

    Right now I'm listening to the String Quartets by the Danish Quartet. Easily said that it is great addition to the modern quartet cannon!!!

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    I was just re-listening to G's Viola Concerto on Youtube, and noticed this interesting observation among the comments:

    What is interesting is how the composer takes the motivic idea from Grisey's viola movement from L'Espace Acoustique and make it entirely her own to create this wonderful concerto. I wonder if she ever acknowledged the Grisey influence in this work?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S6B0ZV_ku0

    Anyone else noticed this?

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    Here is a nice short chamber trio for flute, harp, and viola.
    "Garten von Freuden und Traurigkeiten"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh-FXWilffo

    I think it is an excellent composition. New listeners may find it pleasant and debussy-like, and veteran Gub listeners maybe haven't heard this nice little misc piece. This is the only Gubaidulina piece I'd ever heard until we started this thread, (since it is on a CD I've had for a while by the "Debussy Trio München", an all around good CD). I thought it was a nice piece when I heard it originally, but now I recognize in it the distinct touch of this composer.

    Here is another piece I've listened to this week which I also felt was in a similar vein to Debussy (in it's colorfulness, pleasantness, and watery quality which falls easily on the ears)
    "Repentance"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo85fR68A5k

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    I've been rather busy for the past week and until recently haven't had a chance to really listen to her works. I heard Introitus, the Viola Concerto, Concerto for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band, and Glorious Percussion.

    The Viola Concerto stood out for me. My understanding is that she uses a string quartet tuned a quarter tone lower so the viola can play off both that quartet and the orchestra. The effect is wonderful.

    I'm not generally a fan of percussion concertos, but Glorious Percussion showcases a wide variety of percussion instruments to great effect.

    The Concerto for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band was great fun at times but didn't have the impact of Glorious Percussion and the Viola Concerto.

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    Been listening to Seven Words a really unusual piece which others have commented on before. I do not think this is something I would rush to listen to again
    Next tried a much lighter offering Musical Toys which is I believe 14 short piano pieces written for children. The recording I have has a selection of 6. No1 Musical Accordion, No 5 April Day, No 6 Song of the Fishermen, No 9 The Woodpecker, No 11 Sleigh with Little Bells, No 13 The Drummer. These are delightful little pieces

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    It is the Canticle of the Sun that is the most recorded - there are at least four commercial recordings out there - but although it has received a couple of mentions here it seems not to have many fans among those contributing. I wonder why? It was the first Gubaidulina piece I heard and can be a little challenging but it is a towering and deeply affecting piece. I love many of her pieces - she has been something of a favourite of mine for a few years - but do consider the Canticle to be an astounding piece and perhaps a key to what she is about.

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    I've been playing a lot of the recommendations over the last two weeks. The pieces that I really like are the Bassoon Concerto and Stunde der Seele.

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    There are at least 3 recordings of the Gubaidulina Piano Quintet (which I am aware of)

    -There is the 2 disc "Complete String Quartets" by Quatuor Molinari which includes it, featuring Louise Bessette on piano
    (This one I've just gotten from the library today and have been listening to all day long!!)

    -There is The disc entitled "Gubaidulina: in the mirror" by Kai Vogler which includes the quintet (along with "Introitus" and "Dancer on a tight rope")
    (This one the library did not have so I am now waiting to get it in the mail so that I can also have Introitus)

    -And there is another that is apparently available only by download. it is performed by the Rider quartet with Kathryn Woodward on piano.
    (This is the recording that was posted onto this very thread)

    Are there anymore out there? perhaps on vinyl?

    Speaking of that, anyone have anything at all by Gubaidulina on vinyl?
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