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The Many Musics of Gidon Kremer

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
In celebration of Gidon Kremer's 60th birthday, Deutsche Grammophon released a substantial double-disc compilation in 2007, The Many Musics of Gidon Kremer, a highly rewarding retrospective that pays tribute to this versatile violinist's phenomenal talent, wide range of interests, and depth of experience. A seasoned virtuoso who has been active for over three decades, Kremer has proved himself time and again in the genres of the concerto and chamber music and has carved a special niche for himself in recent years as a conductor of popular fare with his handpicked chamber orchestra, KREMERata BALTICA. As part of the label's ongoing "Portrait of the Artist" series, this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
In celebration of Gidon Kremer's 60th birthday, Deutsche Grammophon released a substantial double-disc compilation in 2007, The Many Musics of Gidon Kremer, a highly rewarding retrospective that pays tribute to this versatile violinist's phenomenal talent, wide range of interests, and depth of experience. A seasoned virtuoso who has been active for over three decades, Kremer has proved himself time and again in the genres of the concerto and chamber music and has carved a special niche for himself in recent years as a conductor of popular fare with his handpicked chamber orchestra, KREMERata BALTICA. As part of the label's ongoing "Portrait of the Artist" series, this double-disc package is drawn from Kremer's discography and from previously unreleased live recordings, covering several performances that have become touchstones for his fans. While this survey is not really a greatest-hits collection, it provides several keys to appreciating Kremer's highly varied repertoire. Still, one can't help regretting the absence of what this extraordinary violinist is most celebrated for performing and recording, not just once, but twice: Johann Sebastian Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin. These unique and innovative performances, which many regard as Kremer's most profoundly personal, albeit idiosyncratic, interpretations, were not released by Deutsche Grammophon, but the 1980 recording on Philips and the 2005 set on ECM are both available and worth investigating for their intellectual challenges and emotional power; they are the next recordings one should hear after trying out this fine introductory presentation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2007
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947765349
  • Catalog Number: 000838902
  • Sales rank: 225,117

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 - Leonard Bernstein & Johannes Brahms (38:28)
  2. 2 Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola & orchestra in E flat major, K. 364 (K. 320d): 2. Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (11:12)
  3. 3 Concerto for piano, violin, and string orchestra in D minor: 3. Allegro Molto - Martha Argerich & Felix Mendelssohn (9:07)
  4. 4 Violin Concerto: 1. Quarter note = 104 - quarter note = 120 - Philip Glass & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (6:41)
  5. 5 Concerto Grosso No.1, for 2 violins, harpsichord, prepared piano & 21 strings: 5. Rondo: Agitato - Alfred Schnittke & Chamber Orchestra of Europe (7:13)
  6. 6 Concerto Da Camera for violin & string orchestra: 6. Epilogo (Tempo di Elegia) - Arthur Vincent Lourié & Merle Kersten (6:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Sonata for violin & piano No. 7 in C minor ("Eroica"), Op. 30/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Martha Argerich (23:54)
  2. 2 Octet for clarinet, horn, bassoon & strings in F major, D. 803 (Op. posth. 166): 3. Allegro vivace - Franz Schubert & Eduard Brunner (6:00)
  3. 3 Paganiniana for violin: Theme - Variation 1: Animato - Variation 2 - Varia - Nathan Milstein & Merle Kersten (7:32)
  4. 4 Sonata for violin & piano in E flat major, Op. 18 (TrV 151): 2. Improvisation. Andante cantabile - Richard Strauss & Merle Kersten (8:56)
  5. 5 Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25: 4. Rondo alla Zingarese - Martha Argerich & Johannes Brahms (8:17)
  6. 6 Wie der alte Leiermann, for violin & string orchestra - Leonid Desyatnikov & Merle Kersten (14:10)
  7. 7 Fuga y misterio, tango (from operetta, María de Buenos Aires) - Astor Piazzolla & Merle Kersten (5:59)
  8. 8 Oblivion, tango - Astor Piazzolla & Merle Kersten (4:52)
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Album Credits

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