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SVYATI DUO | Cello & Organ | In Croce - Sofia Gubaidulina

SVYATI DUO | Cello & Organ | In Croce - Sofia Gubaidulina

Svyati Duo (Rebecca Hepplewhite cello & Julian Collings organ) perform In Croce by Sofia Gubaidulina. Recorded live at Guildford Cathedral as part of the Summer Organ Festival 2021. The Christian mysticism which pervades much of Gubaidulina’s work is strikingly abundant in this passionate and harrowing musical depiction of Christ’s Crucifixion. Specific moments can be heard, such as the hammering of the nails into the wood, (3:20), the raising of the cross (4:05) and the subsequent pain, the feeling of utter sadness and grief (8:05) and finally Jesus’s ascension to heaven (13:20). A great many effects are deployed on both instruments to add to the musical imagery (such as the creaking of the wood and the whistle of the wind) and there is much more to be discovered. As performers we always find this piece extremely painful to play, both physically and emotionally. When we perform it live we always take time to talk to the audience about it first and it is often the highlight of the programme, even for those who wouldn’t usually listen to music of this nature. Please be assured that you will not be alone if you find this music difficult to listen to, but we hope that this short discussion of the piece may encourage you to persevere if you have a spare fifteen minutes. Please like, comment and subscribe if you enjoyed the video, visit for further information and follow us on social media @svyatiduo: INSTAGRAM TWITTER FACEBOOK #cello #organ #guildford
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