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Label: ECM New Series

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica, Vida Miknevičiūtė

Composer: Raminta Šerkšnytė (1975), Giedrius Kuprevičius (1944), Jēkabs Jančevskis (1992), Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996)

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  • Raminta Šerkšnytė B. 1975): This Too Shall Pass:
  • 1Šerkšnytė: This Too Shall Pass08:18
  • Giedrius Kuprevičius (b. 1944): Chamber Symphony "The Star of David":
  • 2Kuprevičius: Chamber Symphony "The Star of David": David's Lamentation02:45
  • Kaddish-Prelude:
  • 3Kuprevičius: Kaddish-Prelude03:06
  • Penultimate Kaddish:
  • 4Kuprevičius: Penultimate Kaddish07:01
  • 5Kuprevičius: Chamber Symphony "The Star of David": Postlude. The Luminous Lament04:26
  • Mieczysław Weinberg (1919 - 1996): Nocturne:
  • 6Weinberg: Nocturne03:09
  • Aria, Op. 9:
  • 7Weinberg: Aria, Op. 903:46
  • Jewish Children Songs, Op. 13:
  • 8Weinberg: Jewish Children Songs, Op. 13: No. 2, Breytele02:01
  • 9Weinberg: Jewish Children Songs, Op. 13: No. 4, Der Yeger01:50
  • 10Weinberg: Jewish Children Songs, Op. 13: No. 5, Oyfn grinem bergele05:29
  • Kujawiak:
  • 11Weinberg: Kujawiak03:17
  • Jēkabs Jančevskis (b.1992): Lignum:
  • 12Jančevskis: Lignum12:16
  • Total Runtime57:24

Info for Songs of Fate

Poetic nuances: “Gidon Kremer has perhaps never before revealed himself as intimately and as existentially focused as on this recording”, observes Wolfgang Sandner in his liner note accompanying the Latvian violinist’s new album Songs of Fate. Together with his Kremerata Baltica chamber ensemble and soprano Vida Miknevičiūtė, Kremer approaches scores by Baltic composers Raminta Šerkšnytė, Giedrius Kuprevičius, Jēkabs Jančevskis and the Polish-Jewish composer Mieczysław Weinberg. In a performer’s note, Kremer explains how, reflecting on the different threads that create the fabric of this programme, “I realise – to my own surprise – that in many ways, this project revolves around the notion of ‘Jewishness’.“ Poignant deliveries of excerpts from the Chamber Symphony The Star of David and Kaddish by Giedrius Kuprevičius as well as the Jewish Songs by Mieczysław Weinberg emphasize this connotation. Bookending Songs of Fate are premiere recordings of Raminta Šerkšnytė’s This too shall pass and Jēkabs Jančevskis’s Lignum, bringing the voices of a younger generation of composers to the fore.

Vida Miknevičiūtė, soprano
Gidon Kremer, violin
Magdalena Ceple, violoncello
Andrei Pushkarev, vibraphone
Kremerata Baltica

Gidon Kremer
Violinist, artistic director and founder of Kremerata Baltica.

Driven by his strikingly uncompromising artistic philosophy, Gidon Kremer has established a worldwide reputation as one of his generation’s most original and compelling artists. His repertoire encompasses standard classical scores and music by leading twentieth and twenty-first century composers. He has championed the works of Russian and Eastern European composers and performed many important new compositions, several of which have been dedicated to him. His name is closely associated with such composers as Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, Sofia Gubaidulina, Valentin Silvestrov, Luigi Nono, Edison Denisov, Aribert Reimann, Pēteris Vasks, John Adams, Victor Kissine, Michael Nyman, Philip Glass, Leonid Desyatnikov and Astor Piazzolla, whose works he performs in ways that respect tradition while being fully alive to their freshness and originality. It is fair to say that no other soloist of comparable international stature has done more to promote the cause of contemporary composers and new music for violin.

Gidon Kremer has recorded over 120 albums, many of which have received prestigious international awards in recognition of their exceptional interpretative insights. His long list of honours and awards include the Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis, the Bundesverdienstkreuz, Moscow’s Triumph Prize, the Unesco Prize and the Una Vita Nella Musica – Artur Rubinstein Prize. In 2016 Gidon Kremer has received a Praemium Imperiale prize that is widely considered to be the Nobel Prize of music.

In 1997 Gidon Kremer founded the chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica to foster outstanding young musicians from the Baltic States. The ensemble tours extensively and has recorded almost 30 albums for the Nonesuch, Deutsche Grammophon, Burleske and ECM labels. “After Mozart” (Nonesuch, 2001) received an ECHO prize and a GRAMMY award in 2002, while their recent release on ECM of works by Mieczysław Weinberg was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2015.

Maestro Kremer will lead Kremerata Baltica on landmark tours of North America and Europe in 2016-17 to celebrate the orchestra’s 20th anniversary and his 70th birthday year.

Booklet for Songs of Fate

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