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Instrument: Bayan

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BergenHaydn's Paukenmesse

Gubaidulina, Haydn
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Kjetil Almenning; Beate Mordal; Lydia Bryngelsson; Ole Morten Velde; Halvor F. Melien
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Dreams and nightmares in Gubaidulina world première

Baiba Skride, Harriet Krijgh and Elsbeth Moser perform Gubaidulina © Winslow Townson
Sofia Gubaidulina has always been drawn to non-traditional sounds, something which invariably landed her in trouble during the Soviet era. The bayan, a 200-button Russian accordion, became the source for many of those sounds in solo and concerted pieces. “It breathes,” she has said, possessing an “earthy quality like no other instrument”.
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