Gubaidulina: Complete Guitar Works
Sofia Gubaidulina has found a soulfulness and freedom in the guitar that speaks to her musical language of expressive mood and often mysterious but precise sonorities. In both Repentance and Sotto Voce she combines guitars with lower stringed instruments, creating a virtuosic, multi-dimensional and deeply poetic role for each voice. Fascinating new sounds from the guitar are produced, from the most eloquent chorales to remarkable effects using a drinking glass. The earlier Serenade is ‘music for pleasure’, while this première recording of the Toccata reveals a work with a driving momentum that hardly stops. The works for guitar presented on this Naxos release – Ms. Gubaidulina’s complete works for the instrument written between 1960-2010/13 – feature four distinguished guitarists: David Tanenbaum, Thomas Viloteau, Paul Psarras and Marc Teicholz, as well as a number of additional supporting string players on viola, cello and bass.