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Audio CD, February 17, 1998
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  • Performer: Gidon Kremer
  • Composer: Erkki-Sven Tüür, Georgs Pelecis, Arvo Pärt, Peteris Vasks
  • Audio CD (February 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Teldec
  • ASIN: B000005823
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Elegie For Violin And String Orchestra
2. Fratres For Violin, String Orchestra And Percussion
3. Partita For Violin Solo: Präludium
4. Partita For Violin Solo: Scherzo
5. Partita For Violin Solo: Grave
6. Partita For Violin Solo: Toccata
7. Partita For Violin Solo: Epilog
8. Musica Dolorosa For String Orchestra
9. Nevertheless
10. Two Grasshopper Dances for violin solo: Sad Dance
11. Two Grasshopper Dances for violin solo: Happy Dance
12. Conversio for violin and piano

Editorial Reviews

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One can't accuse Latvian-born violinist Gidon Kremer of forgetting his roots. He continues to perform the music of his homeland and even formed chamber ensemble Kremerata Musica so that young musicians from Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania could bathe in the spotlight. On this disc, Kremer showcases some of the very best music composed by Baltic-based composers in the last 50 years. With Vadim Sacharov on piano and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Kremer delivers soul-stirring intensity to these seldom-heard compositions. Balys Dvarionas's moving Elegy for Violin and String Orchestra teeters between romantic passages and somber string movements. Peteris Vasks's Musica Dolorosa for String Orchestra is atmospheric and grand. Two Grasshopper Dances for Solo Violin by Peteris Plakidis are stunning, short pieces that play on atonal harmonics and a cute folk melody. Arvo Pärt's Fratres is one composition you may have heard before, but Kremer delivers a stunning, intense performance. All in all, a great showcase of underappreciated composers, and of Kremer himself. --Jason Verlinde

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That piece alone made the purchase worthwhile.
Pete F,
This is an exquisite collection of contemporary Baltic music, selected and played by a master of violin Gidon Kremer.
Ms. P. J. O'CONNOR
Now, like a word you have just learned and hear everywhere, I realize how popular and well known it is.
Craig Matteson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Tienauhchan@hotmail.com on January 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
From first hearing the deeply moving opening piece "ELEGIE" by Dvarionas I knew this is something of a very special recording. One of Kremer's most successful discs, he poured out his whole heart in each of these very interesting contemporary music. All the pieces hear are very easy to listen even for those who don't normally like 20th century music. Beautiful melodies without being too conventional, this is music for the soul & spirit. Though the music here is much more extrovert and direct than the mystical and spiritual music of Pärt, there is an inner spirituality in much of the music offered by these composers on this disc.
There is much nostalgia in the music, especially in "NEVERTHELESS", a piece written by Kremer's friend for him and is the most touching piece in the program. Intense and even painful moments are found in "MUSICA DOLOROSA". It is a very moving piece, thanks also to the great contribution by the solo cellist, Francoux. FRATES, the most often played work here, has a mysterious haunting effect, typical that of Pärt. The most modern compositions are the GRASSHOPPER DANCES and CONVERSIO, very fun pieces that seem to be tailor-composed to Kremer's vivacious playing style, but may sound rather chaotic to the untrained ear, and towards the end of CONVERSIO the repeated conversations between the violin and piano can seem endlessly tiring.
Needless to say, Kremer is faultless throughout, intense and concentrated without being over-sentimental. Delivering nostalgic and often haunting music with many personal touches, I cannot imagine how else they can be played. Recorded sound is beautiful throughout and realistically balanced. A great introduction to 20th century music and music of Northern Europe!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I bought this disk a few years back after I heard "Fratres" on the radio. Somehow I had never run across this piece and it stunned me. Now, like a word you have just learned and hear everywhere, I realize how popular and well known it is. But it was new to me then and it is what led me to this great disk.
As I listened to the other pieces I was exceptionally pleased. They are all written after the Second World War and most of the composers were still living when the disk was made (and likely are still with us). Kremer's notes mentions that he knows most of them and went to school with some. However, none of the music has the sound of the serialist movement that was so dominant in the fifties and sixties (not that that is bad, just don't expect that sound). Much of it is downright tonal, if not common practice era style.
All of the pieces are of different character. The opening Elegie is beautiful and quite a romantic piece. Pärt's "Fratres" is wonderful and full of interesting colors, rhythms, and effects. The Partita is edgy and the most "modern" sounding (in the old fashioned sense of "modern"), but that is not pejorative, it is quite beautiful.
The "Music Dolorosa for String Orchestra" is simply great, dark, and even delicious.
"Nevertheless" takes up a large part of this disk. I have to admit to being attracted to this piece and yet its simplicity and purposeful naiveté seem to not allow me to become fully involved in the whole 27 minutes. When the piano is playing simple major scales as accompaniment it jars me out of the piece. And yet, it is such an attractive piece with so many wonderful aspects along with Kremer's magnificent playing, that I have to recommend it and enjoy listening to it.
The short pieces by Pakidis are attractive.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ms. P. J. O'CONNOR on January 9, 2007
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This is an exquisite collection of contemporary Baltic music, selected and played by a master of violin Gidon Kremer. My favourite is Nevertheless dedicated to him by the composer Georgs Pelecis, a friend from schooldays. It's haunting. I bought the album for that piece and then was introduced to all this other fine evocative music. Kremer writes " I associate the Baltic States with the grey of the sea..I do not mean to imply by this that Baltic music is itself grey, simply that it belongs to the Northern Hemisphere If I allow my imagination free rein, I think of mists and lakes , lonely sea-shores and the possibility of finding concentration and tranquility" And that sums up the collection beautifully.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex on March 30, 2009
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Kremer & his Kremerata Baltica have done it again .... brilliant ensemble playing. Kremer introduces music from his homeland and the Baltic countries. We in the west have been deprived of much of 20th century music from Eastern Europe. This recording is an excellent "sampler" that suggests pursuit of other compositions by composers included in this recording. Thank you to Mr. Kremer for the care that he must of taken to select what he did for this recording.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sarahjane on March 28, 2012
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I bought this CD for the exquisitely beautiful but very rarely heard "Nevertheless" concerto by Georg Pelecis for violin, piano and string orchestra, which is featured on it. It's one of those pieces of music that grows on you - the more you hear it, the more you are drawn and fascinated by it; it starts in a slightly melancholy mood but soon moves into joy and ecstasy. The CD also contains some other surprising and thoroughly delightful Baltic gems, which are also very well worth while!
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