In the face of bugs, bad weather and worse acoustics, Pauline Harding goes on a quest to discover why musicians ever agree to play outside
The Strad Issue: February 2016 Description: Kremer and friends locate the light and dark in Kancheli’s music Musicians: Gidon Kremer, Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin) Kremerata Baltica Composer: Kancheli Giya Kancheli’s pessimistic view of the world expresses itself in music that can be both simplistic and banal. Familiar, sentimental, ...
New Seasons. Glass: Violin Concerto no.2 ‘The American Four Seasons’. Kancheli: Ex contrario. Pärt: Estonian Lullaby. Umebayashi: Yumeji’s Theme
The Strad Issue: September 2015 Description: Kremer imbues contemporary fare with characteristic intensity Musicians: Kremerata Baltica/†¨Gidon Kremer (violin) Composer: Glass, Kancheli, Pärt, Umebayashi: Gidon Kremer’s propensity for imbuing everything he plays with contemporary emotional resonances continues to provide a refreshing slant on the classics of yesteryear. Yet ...