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Religious Force

 11 September 2015 at 8pm 

Religious Force

Wachsbleiche 16 53111 Bonn
0228 / 7222-0

Julius Berger (Cello)
Hyun-Jung Berger (Cello)
Beethoven Orchester Bonn
Stefan Blunier (Conductor)

Sofia Gubaidulina – of Russian Tartar origin, Orthodox faith and a pupil of Shostakovich – is no longer just an insider tip in the West either. Two Paths, originally for two violas and orchestra, here in a version for two cellos and orchestra. The sub-title ‘in A Dedication to Mary and Martha’ refers to the biblical figures. Their contradictory experience of worldly and spiritual love forms the dramatic inspiration for this music. Posterity has sometimes referred to Bruckner’s fifth symphony as the ‘Church of Faith’, but he called it his ‘Fantastic’, and it is fantastic, through its inventiveness, variety and its overwhelming architecture: it ends with a magnificent double fugue on the main theme of the final movement and a chorale-like climax.

Sofia Gubaidulina : Two Paths
Anton Bruckner : Symphony no. 5 in B flat major

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