„Cantile of the Sun / Sonnengesang” for cello, choir and percussion. Technically it is extremely challenging for the soloist as well as for the choir and for the percussionist. After a performance with „Chorus sine Nomine” under guidance of Johannes Hiemetsberger, Sofia Gubaidulina wrote in a letter: „There are happy moments in a composer’s life – and that is when he meets certain interpreters of his work. One of these happy encounters occurred during the performance of my “Cantile of the Sun” by Friedrich Kleinhapl. I experienced with Friedrich Kleinhapl’s performance an extraordinary deep engaging with the inner content of my composition “Cantile of the Sun” and a complete realization of the piece’s leading thought. For this piece, the masterly control of all essential techniques of sound production, perfection and artistry, sense and will – all this revealed in a single, truly creative act. An unforgettable experience!
Other pieces for cello with choir are for instance Johannes Berauer’s „Becoming, Being, Vanishing / Werden, Sein, Vergehen” for choir, 2 drummers, and solo cello (composed for Friedrich Kleinhapl) „Syyati” by John Taverner, „Stabat Mater” by Knut Nystedt