Kremer, Gidon (violin) - Hymns and Prayers

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Gidon Kremer, violin
Maria Nemanyte, violin
Maxim Rysanov, viola;
Giedre Dirvanauskaite, violoncello
Khatia Buniatishvili, piano.
Kremerata Baltica

This album "Hymns and Prayers" from master violinist Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica spans a characteristically wide range of music, from the spirited to the spiritual, all of it broached with conviction. The three featured works were recorded in 2008 at the Lockenhaus Festival, that annual event which ECM helped to put on the map a quarter-century ago, when Kremer and producer Manfred Eicher introduced the Edition Lockenhaus on ECM New Series.

Intensity and concentration, differently calibrated, are the watchwords here. At the centre of this disc is César Franck's piano quintet, a work which ranks alongside the Brahms Quintet as one of the outstanding - and technically daunting - works of the late 19th century. It is a work that Gidon Kremer holds in special affection: it was one of the first pieces of chamber music in his own repertoire, and he performed it in Latvia when he was 16.

Kremer and Giya Kancheli have a long association that has already resulted in several recordings on ECM, including "Lament: Music of Mourning in Memory of Luigi Nono" (recorded 1998) and "Time...and Again" (1999) and "V & V" (2000) on the album "In l'istesso tempo".

"Silent Prayer" was composed on the occasion of the 80th birthday of Mstislav Rostropovich and the 60th birthday of Gidon Kremer in 2007. After Rostropovich's death that same year, the composer entitled the just-finished work "Silent Prayer." The world premiere took place on 7 October 2007 at the Kronberg Cello Festival which was dedicated to the memory of the late virtuoso, with Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica. Kremerata Baltica will again be performing Kancheli's "Silent Prayer" on their North America tour this autumn. Earlier performances have been much praised by critics. "The spare and ruminative music seems to drift off the stage with infinite slowness, like a mist. Kremer and his colleague, floating wispy lines from the highest reaches of their instruments, were compelling guides to this ethereal landscape", wrote Jeremy Eichler in the Boston Globe.

Long a champion of original compositional voices, Kremer here presents also music of Stevan Tickmayer, born in the former Yugoslavia in 1963, and currently a resident of France. A musician of diverse background, Tickmayer has been studying with Kurtág since the mid-90s, and has had his own work played by ensembles from the Netherlands Wind Ensemble to the Moscow Soloists - but he has also collaborated with improvisers and avant-rock players including Chris Cutler, Fred Frith and Peter Kowald. On Kremer's invitation he was composer in residence at Lockenhaus in 2003 and 2009.

Tickmayer began his "Eight Hymns" in December 1986, on learning of the death of his favourite filmmaker, Andrei Tarkovsky, and played the (unfinished) work in his solo concerts for several years. He revised it in 2003 after working with the musicians of the Kremerata, "the ideal messengers" - given their Eastern European backgrounds - for this musical mourning. The "Eight Hymns" is the first recording of Tickmayer's music on ECM.

Artikelnummer ECM2161
Streckkod 0028947639121
Utgivningsdatum 2010-09-06
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag ECM
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Kremer, Gidon (violin)
Disk: 1
1 Eight Hymns in memoriam Andrei Tarkovsky
2 Quintet for Piano and string quartet in f-minor
3 Silent Prayer
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