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Mario Brunello, Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica – Searching for Ludwig (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Mario Brunello, Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica – Searching for Ludwig (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:25:14 minutes | 855 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Alpha

Gidon Kremer and Mario Brunello pay tribute to Beethoven by presenting two of his most famous quartets in a version for string orchestra played by Kremerata Baltica. The ensemble’s founder Gidon Kremer directs Op.131 from the violin, while Mario Brunello conducts Op.135 and adds two contemporary pieces, one by Léo Ferré, “the revolutionary, anarchic, inspired singer-songwriter and great lover of Beethoven”: Muss es sein? Es muss sein! ; Kremerata Baltica performs this hymn to “free music” in a version arranged by Valter Sivilotti for cello, strings and percussion with Leo Ferré’s original voice.

Note sconte means “hidden notes” in Venetian dialect. Franco Rossi, the legendary cellist of the Quartetto italiano, always invited his students, including Mario Brunello, to look for and give importance to the “note sconte” in the scores of string quartets. He asked Giovanni Sollima to write a piece in memory of Franco Rossi, of his great passion for Beethoven and his note sconte’.

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Gidon Kremer – Beethoven & Chopin – Piano Trios (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Gidon Kremer – Beethoven & Chopin – Piano Trios (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:07:19 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Accentus Music

Given that a concerto is usually a sure attention-grabber, it’s been notable how thin on the ground new recordings of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano have been during this big birthday year of his; at least in comparison to the flurry of new Violin Concertos that have appeared. Confirmation, perhaps, that for many it’s a rather problematic work, despite its big-boned drama, sense of fun, and indeed the theoretical attraction of uniting not one but three A-lister soloists. But now here are Gidon Kremer, Giedre Dirvanauskaite and Georgijs Osokins with Carl Reinecke 1867 piano trio arrangement of it, recorded in the warmly supportive acoustic of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music Concert Hall in Katowice.

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Gidon Kremer, Giedre Dirvanauskaite, Yulianna Avdeeva – Weinberg: Chamber Music (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Gidon Kremer, Giedre Dirvanauskaite, Yulianna Avdeeva – Weinberg: Chamber Music (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:42 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Following the success of the Weinberg Symphonies 2 & 21 with conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, Deutsche Grammophon now features chamber music by Mieczysław Weinberg under the direction of Gidon Kremer.

Included among others are his “Three Pieces for Violin and Piano”, which Weinberg completed in the winter of 1934/35 when he was only 15 years old and had not yet received any compositional training.

What connects Weinberg’s works is not only their compositional perfection, but above all their constant commitment to beauty. It is a confession that in Weinberg’s music is above all pain and suffering.

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Gidon Kremer, LSO & Claudio Abbado – Vivaldi: Four Seasons (Remastered) (1981/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Gidon Kremer, LSO & Claudio Abbado – Vivaldi: Four Seasons (Remastered) (1981/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:29 minutes | 687 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Of all the world-renowned violinists born in the decade after World War II—an exclusive club that includes Pinchas Zukerman, Pierre Amoyal, and Kyung Wha Chung—Gidon Kremer has taken the least- expected path to lasting fame. Today he is best known as a passionate champion and performer of modern music, the founder of an iconoclastic chamber orchestra in his native Latvia, and a public critic of the glitzy marketing of classical music.

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Kremerata Baltica & Gidon Kremer – Mieczyslaw Weinberg (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Kremerata Baltica & Gidon Kremer – Mieczysław Weinberg (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:41:15 minutes | 1,59 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © ECM

The music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg is finally beginning to get the hearing it has long deserved. Weinberg’s lifetime spanned the 20th century: born 1919 in Warsaw, he died 1996 in Moscow, in semi-obscurity. Along the way, his allies and supporters had included Dmitri Shostakovich, who considered him one of the great composers of the age.

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Gidon Kremer, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra & Leonard Bernstein – Bernstein: Serenade, Fancy Free (Live) (1979/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Gidon Kremer, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra & Leonard Bernstein – Bernstein: Serenade, Fancy Free (Live) (1979/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:20 minutes | 1,07 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Among the world’s leading violinists, Gidon Kremer has perhaps pursued the most unconventional career. He was born on 27 February 1947 in Riga, Latvia, and began studying at the age of four with his father and grandfather, both distinguished string players. At the age of seven, he enrolled as a student at Riga Music School where he made rapid progress, and at sixteen he was awarded the First Prize of the Latvian Republic. Two years later he began his studies with David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory. Gidon Kremer went on to win a series of prestigious awards, including prizes in the 1967 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and 1969 Montreal International Music Competition and first prize in both the 1969 Paganini and 1970 Tchaikovsky International Competitions.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Christian Thielemann and Gidon Kremer 2016 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Als Gidon Kremer am 30. Mai 1981 im Rahmen der Wiener Festwochen Sofia Gubaidulinas Violinkonzert Offertorium aus der Taufe hob, war die 1931 im tatarischen Tschistopol geborene Komponistin noch so gut wie unbekannt: Der sowjetische Komponistenverband lehnte ihr Schaffen rundweg ab, weshalb sie einzig und allein »für die Schublade« schrieb. Im Westen sorgte das Werk, in dem aus Bachs Musikalischem Opfer zitiert wird, für Aufsehen, obwohl keine neuen Techniken und Systeme zur Anwendung kommen: »Als Ideal betrachte ich ein solches Verhältnis zur Tradition und zu neuen Kompositionsmitteln, bei dem der Künstler alle Mittel – sowohl neue als auch traditionelle – beherrscht, aber so, als schenke er weder den einen noch den anderen Beachtung.« Knapp 25 Jahre nach der erfolgreichen Premiere des Offertoriums schrieb Sofia Gubaidulina ihr zweites Violinkonzert mit dem Titel In tempus praesens, diesmal für Anne-Sophie Mutter. Auch in diesem Stück stand die Musik Johann Sebastian Bachs Pate: Bereits in den sich behutsam vortastenden Einleitungstakten der Solovioline erinnert die chromatische Linienführung an die tönende Chiffre B-A-C-H. Anschließend gelingt es der Komponistin, den Instrumenten die fantastischsten Farbeffekte abzuringen – u. a. wenn sich der Klang der Solovioline äußerst raffiniert mit dem von Flöten, Klarinetten, Harfen, Celesta und dem hohen Schlagwerk mischt oder wenn vier Solobratschen, von unterschiedlichsten Instrumentenkombinationen unterstützt, eine Art Concertino bilden. Bei seinem philharmonischen Gastspiel wird Gidon Kremer Sofia Gubaidulinas Konzert In tempus praesens präsentieren – mit jener außergewöhnlichen Tongebung, bei der sich, wie die Komponistin bemerkte, alle Lebensenergie auf die gespielten Saiten zu konzentrieren scheine.

Anschließend hat Christian Thielemann Anton Bruckners Messe Nr. 3 in f-Moll aufs Programm gesetzt. Entstanden ist sie in den Jahren 1867/1868; sie ist seine letzte und größte Messkomposition, die sich nach Bekunden des Komponisten an Beethovens Missa solemnis und den beiden späten Messen von Franz Schubert orientiert. Noch als Domorganist in Linz schrieb Bruckner das Werk für die Hofmusikkapelle in Wien, die am kaiserlichen Hof auch für die Kirchenmusik zu sorgen hatte. Wenig später siedelte er selbst nach Wien über, um dort sein Amt als Hoforganist anzutreten und seine Berufung als Lehrer am Konservatorium wahrzunehmen. Da die Messe die Musiker der Hofkapelle vor große Schwierigkeiten stellte, verschob sich die Uraufführung um ganze vier Jahre und fand unter Leitung des Komponisten im Juni 1872 in der nahe der Hofburg gelegenen Augustinerkirche statt. Für Bruckner war es ein großer Erfolg, und bald fand das Werk auch Eingang in die Konzertsäle.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/de/concert/23465

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Kremerata Baltica & Gidon Kremer – Mieczysław Weinberg: Chamber Symphonies, Piano Quintet (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Kremerata Baltica & Gidon Kremer – Mieczysław Weinberg: Chamber Symphonies, Piano Quintet (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:39:21 minutes | 1,97 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Booklet, Front Cover | © ECM New Series

This double album, recorded in Vienna and in Riga in June 2015, includes all four of the chamber symphonies written in the last decade of Polish-born Soviet composer Mieczysław Weinberg’s life, plus a beautiful new arrangement – by Gidon Kremer and Kremerata percussionist Andrey Pushkarev – of the early Piano Quintet of 1944, heard here in a premiere recording. It is a recording which underlines the importance and originality of Weinberg’s music. For Gidon Kremer, “Weinberg has become a source of unlimited inspiration. No other composer has entered my own and Kremerata Baltica’s repertoire and program concepts with such intensity.” Weinberg’s chamber symphonies are Kremer says, “the most personal reflections of a great composer on his own life and his generation, like a diary of the most dramatic period of the 20th century.” This new recording – the second Kremerata Baltica album dedicated to Weinberg – is, Kremer feels, “the most valuable landmark in the orchestra’s discography since its birth.”

It is released in time for a major tour celebrating both Kremerata Baltica’s 20th anniversary and leader Gidon Kremer’s 70th birthday. The booklet includes liner notes by Weinberg biographer David Fanning, as well as a personal recollection of the composer by Alexander Raskatov.

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