“It seems to me that the title of this piece is justified,” Sofia Gubaidulina affirms about her latest work, which premieres 15 – 19 February, as Sir Simon Rattle, its dedicatee, leads the Philadelphia Orchestra. “...many people in our time recognize and sense the calamity overtaking mankind, the lowering of the moral level of society and the buildup of hatred in our souls. The contrast — between this picture of disease and the fact that a large segment of people want nothing more than to feast and make merry — creates a condition of the spirit from which it is impossible to escape...But this is only the most superficial level of the composition. The point of the piece consists not so much in the expression of that condition of the spirit, as in the creation of a purely musical metaphor comparable to that condition.”
Co-commissioner Pittsburgh Symphony unveils Feast During a Plague locally on 1-3 December, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis and then presents the New York premiere two days later at Carnegie Hall. The composer will attend the performances and be the subject of a Making Music evening.
En route to Philadelphia, Gubaidulina makes a stop in Winnipeg on the 11th to attend the 15th Annual Centara International New Music Festival, where cellist Ivan Monighetti performs And: The Festivities at Their Height with the Winnipeg Symphony, led by Andrey Boreyko. 2006 is Gubaidulina's 75th birthday and the festivities are just beginning.
Feast During a Plague 25' 4(2pic).4.3(ebcl)+bcl/6431/timp.3perc/2hp.pf(cel)/str; audio CD