Friday
06. April 2012

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

Ensemble Ludus Gravis Lux ex tenebris

John Cage | Dream (1948)
Arvo Pärt | Pari Intervallo (1976)
Stefano Scodanibbio | Movimento x (2011)
Sofia Gubaidulina | Sonata for double bass and piano (1975)
Galina Ustwolskaja | Dies Irae (1972/1973)

Ensemble Ludus Gravis: Daniele Roccato (principal double bass), Simone Masina, Andrea Passini, Francesco Platoni, Giacomo Piermatti, Paolo Di Gironimo, Stefano Battaglia, Alessandro Schillaci (double bass); Laura Mancini (percussions), Fabrizio Ottaviucci (piano), Andrea Cappelleri (conductor)


They would sound best in a church room, Russian composer Galina Ustwolskaja wished for her works. At the Minorite Church the Italian double bass ensemble Ludus Gravis will perform Ustwolskaja’s “Composition no. 2” entitled “Dies irae”. The deeply spiritual music by Ustwolskaja, who, until her death in 2006, lived a very secluded life in St. Petersburg, carries the dualism of the dark temporal world and God’s distant transcendent realm of light. In “Dies irae”, eight double basses, a piano and a wooden box played with a hammer—the box being a potential symbol for the wooden coffins that spring open on Judgment Day—create a relentless litany of sound with only a rarely emerging divine glimmer of hope.

Throughout their program, the Ludus Gravis musicians are searching for the light in the darkness. In her sonata for double bass and piano, Sofia Gubaidulina from Tatarstan, for whom composing is a religious act, only gives little reason to hope for experiencing the divine in the earthly world. Similarly, in his composition “Movimento x” for eight double basses and one conductor, Stefan Scodanibbio, probably the most important double bass player of our times who has developed a number of new playing techniques for his instrument, points out the sharp contrast between this world and the beyond. However, in his virtuoso instrumental dance, it is in the moments of silence in which he manages to disclose the spiritual mystery.

When Arvo Pärt set off for the great realm of harmony, in the composition “Pari intervallo”, he added a divine voice to the voice of the searching human in order to lead the latter on the right track. The “dream” of a harmonic atmosphere becomes reality through beautiful legato sounds in a piano piece rewritten for five double basses.

With Ludus Gravis, Stefano Scodanibbio and Daniele Roccato founded an ensemble of unusual instrumentation whose archaic vibrations and extraordinary sound found an echo in the international concert scene within the shortest amount of time.

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