This ambitious Berkeley Symphony concert at Zellerbach Hall spans four centuries and two continents. First, travel back 400 years to hear Canzon septimi et octavi toni and Sonata pian e forte, two magisterial works for brass from one of Venice's most accomplished composers and influential musicians, Giovanni Gabrieli. Then it's off to Russia for career-defining works by Modest Mussorgsky and experimental contemporary composer Sofia Gubaidulina. Norway's Geir Draugsvoll -- considered to be one of the most important musicians on his instrument, the bayan, or classical accordion -- makes his U.S. premiere in this performance of Gubaidulina's mystical Fachwerk, a piece the Russian composer wrote expressly with Draugsvoll in mind.
Gabrieli: Canzon septimi et octavi toni
Sonata pian e forte
Gubaidulina: Fachwerk – Geir Draugsvoll, bayan (U.S. Premiere)
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition