Seven last words is about the last words (actually sentences) that Jesus uttered from the cross before he died, according to tradition. This dramatic scene is a key moment in the history of Christianity and has inspired many composers. In this pair of concerts, Haydn’s 'classical' version (concert 11.10.2022) is juxtaposed with a modern interpretation by Sofia Gubaidulina (this concert).
Sofia Gubaidulina has given us a modern version of the historic ‘seven last words’. As in Haydn’s version, there are no actual words, just sublimated sounds. The solo cello and the bayan (Russian accordion) start up a mysterious dialogue, in a refined web of slowly moving string sounds. As always with Gubaidulina, everything is subtle, yet there’s a constant menace in the air.
The concert gradually builds up to this intense masterpiece: first you’ll hear Gubaidulina’s duet In Croce, then the lament for strings written by Lutosławski on the death of Béla Bartók, concluding with the Sieben Words.
Sofia Goebajdoelina: In Croce, Sieben Worte
Witold Lutosławski: Musique funèbre
INTRO (in Dutch) Jan Christiaens – 19:45
Boho Strings & An Raskin & Francis Mourey dir. Etienne Siebens
Boho Strings & An Raskin bajan & Francis Mourey cello & Etienne Siebens conductor
Bayanist An Raskin has worked with Gubaidulina many times, so she knows the composer’s work through and through. On this evening, she will play with cellist Francis Mourey, who has already appeared twice at Festival 20·21 as a member of Trio Khaldei.
The young string ensemble Boho Strings will join them, with the whole thing in the capable hands of Belgium’s very own Etienne Siebens, one of our great 20th-century music specialists, especially when strings are involved.websites Boho Strings Francis Mourey