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    2001 Grammy Award Winner

    After Mozart, the 2001 Grammy winner for Best Small Ensemble Performance, by Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica, brings together the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (and his father, Leopold), with three contemporary works inspired by him. The works included, by contemporary Eastern European composers such as Alexander Raskatov, Valentin Silvestrov and Alfred Schnittke, invoke Mozart’s memory in ways direct and more subtle, and the more familiar Mozart pieces sandwiched in serve to bring the listener to a new way of hearing the more familiar pieces. The disc is an attempt, in Kremer’s words, to “set Mozart in the frame of our own time.”

    Opening the disc is 5 Min. aus dem Leben von W.A.M. (“Five Minutes from the Life of W.A. Mozart”) by Moscow-born composer Alexander Raskatov, named “one of the most interesting composers of his generation” by Alfred Schnittke. The young Canadian pianist Naida Cole is soloist in Valentin Silvestrov’s The Messenger. And Schnittke himself is represented by his sardonic Moz-Art à la Haydn, a humorous reflection on the two Austrian masters, scored for two violins and strings. Mozart’s Serenata Notturna in D Major and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, one of his most widely known works, round out the disc, which closes with Leopold Mozart’s Kinder-Symphonie (“Berchtolsgadener”) in C Major.

    Kremerata Baltica, whom the Los Angeles Times calls "extraordinary young players ... [who] animate everything their bows touch” was founded by Gidon Kremer in 1996. An orchestra of young musicians from the three Baltic States, they first performed in Riga, Latvia, in February 1997 and have gone on to tour throughout the world. Kremer had long sought to share his rich artistic experience with young musicians in his native Latvia and the Baltic region, and was prompted to form a more lasting relationship with the artists, as a way to give back to the community that fostered his own musical growth. Kremer, who acts as the group’s artistic director, said, in an interview for the New York Times, that it functions as “a musical democracy ... open-minded, self-critical, a continuation of my musical spirit.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Gidon Kremer, solo violin (1, 5, 10), violin I (6-9), vioin II (2-4)
    Eva Bindere, violin I (2-4), violin II (6-9), solo violin (10)
    Ula Ulijona, viola (2-4, 6-9)
    Danielis Rubinas, bass (2-4, 6-9)
    Andrey Pushkarev, percussion (2-4)
    Naida Cole, piano (5)
    Marta Sudraba, cello (6-9)

    Kremerata Baltica:
    Violin: Dzeraldas Bidva, Eva Bindere*, Migle Diksaitiene, Darius Diksaitis, Andrejs Golikovs, Inga Gylyte, Elo Ivask, Miroslava Kotorovytch, Marija Nemanyte, Migle Serapinaite, Oskars Silins, Sandis Steinbergs*, Andrei Valigura*, Rasa Vosyliute, Sanita Zarina
    Viola: Jānis Lielbardis*, Michal Ondruj, Ula Ulijona*, Vidas Vekerotas, Zita Zemovica
    Cello: Peteris Čirkšis, Giedre Dirvanauskaite, Ilze Grudule, Eriks Kirsfelds*, Marta Sudraba*
    Bass: Danielis Rubinas, Indrek Sarrap
    Cembalo: Reinut Tepp
    Piano: Naida Cole
    Percussion: Andrey Pushkarev
    * Leaders

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Helmut Mühle and Gidon Kremer
    Engineered by Philipp Nedel
    Edited by Gudrun Maurer

    Track 1
    Recorded June 2000 at Angelika-Kauffmann-Saal, Schwarzenberg, Austria
    Assistant Engineer: Jörg Mohr

    Tracks 2-4 and 6-9
    Recorded October 1999 at St. Johannis-Kirche Harvestehude, Hamburg, Germany
    Assistant Engineer: Niels Müller

    Tracks 5, 10, and 11-13
    Recorded September 2000 at Feldkirch Conservatory Chapel, Feldkirch, Austria
    Assistant Engineer: René Möller
    Effects by Gudrun Maurer, Gidon Kremer and Helmut Mühle

    Design by Evan Gaffney
    Cover image: © Bettmann/Corbis

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Tuesday, September 18, 2001 (All day)
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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79633

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 (All day)
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Artist Name: 
Gidon Kremer
Kremerata Baltica
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UPC: 
075597963328BUN
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Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
603497099962
Price: 
10.00
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Description: 

2001 Grammy Award Winner

After Mozart, the 2001 Grammy winner for Best Small Ensemble Performance, by Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica, brings together the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (and his father, Leopold), with three contemporary works inspired by him. The works included, by contemporary Eastern European composers such as Alexander Raskatov, Valentin Silvestrov and Alfred Schnittke, invoke Mozart’s memory in ways direct and more subtle, and the more familiar Mozart pieces sandwiched in serve to bring the listener to a new way of hearing the more familiar pieces. The disc is an attempt, in Kremer’s words, to “set Mozart in the frame of our own time.”

Opening the disc is 5 Min. aus dem Leben von W.A.M. (“Five Minutes from the Life of W.A. Mozart”) by Moscow-born composer Alexander Raskatov, named “one of the most interesting composers of his generation” by Alfred Schnittke. The young Canadian pianist Naida Cole is soloist in Valentin Silvestrov’s The Messenger. And Schnittke himself is represented by his sardonic Moz-Art à la Haydn, a humorous reflection on the two Austrian masters, scored for two violins and strings. Mozart’s Serenata Notturna in D Major and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, one of his most widely known works, round out the disc, which closes with Leopold Mozart’s Kinder-Symphonie (“Berchtolsgadener”) in C Major.

Kremerata Baltica, whom the Los Angeles Times calls "extraordinary young players ... [who] animate everything their bows touch” was founded by Gidon Kremer in 1996. An orchestra of young musicians from the three Baltic States, they first performed in Riga, Latvia, in February 1997 and have gone on to tour throughout the world. Kremer had long sought to share his rich artistic experience with young musicians in his native Latvia and the Baltic region, and was prompted to form a more lasting relationship with the artists, as a way to give back to the community that fostered his own musical growth. Kremer, who acts as the group’s artistic director, said, in an interview for the New York Times, that it functions as “a musical democracy ... open-minded, self-critical, a continuation of my musical spirit.”

DescriptionExcerpt: 

This 2001 Grammy winner brings together the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (and his father, Leopold), with three works inspired by him by contemporary Eastern European composers Alexander Raskatov, Valentin Silvestrov, and Alfred Schnittke, which invoke Mozart’s memory in ways direct and more subtle. The more familiar Mozart pieces sandwiched in serve to bring the listener to a new way of hearing the more familiar pieces.

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Gidon Kremer, solo violin (1, 5, 10), violin I (6-9), vioin II (2-4)
Eva Bindere, violin I (2-4), violin II (6-9), solo violin (10)
Ula Ulijona, viola (2-4, 6-9)
Danielis Rubinas, bass (2-4, 6-9)
Andrey Pushkarev, percussion (2-4)
Naida Cole, piano (5)
Marta Sudraba, cello (6-9)

Kremerata Baltica:
Violin: Dzeraldas Bidva, Eva Bindere*, Migle Diksaitiene, Darius Diksaitis, Andrejs Golikovs, Inga Gylyte, Elo Ivask, Miroslava Kotorovytch, Marija Nemanyte, Migle Serapinaite, Oskars Silins, Sandis Steinbergs*, Andrei Valigura*, Rasa Vosyliute, Sanita Zarina
Viola: Jānis Lielbardis*, Michal Ondruj, Ula Ulijona*, Vidas Vekerotas, Zita Zemovica
Cello: Peteris Čirkšis, Giedre Dirvanauskaite, Ilze Grudule, Eriks Kirsfelds*, Marta Sudraba*
Bass: Danielis Rubinas, Indrek Sarrap
Cembalo: Reinut Tepp
Piano: Naida Cole
Percussion: Andrey Pushkarev
* Leaders

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Helmut Mühle and Gidon Kremer
Engineered by Philipp Nedel
Edited by Gudrun Maurer

Track 1
Recorded June 2000 at Angelika-Kauffmann-Saal, Schwarzenberg, Austria
Assistant Engineer: Jörg Mohr

Tracks 2-4 and 6-9
Recorded October 1999 at St. Johannis-Kirche Harvestehude, Hamburg, Germany
Assistant Engineer: Niels Müller

Tracks 5, 10, and 11-13
Recorded September 2000 at Feldkirch Conservatory Chapel, Feldkirch, Austria
Assistant Engineer: René Möller
Effects by Gudrun Maurer, Gidon Kremer and Helmut Mühle

Design by Evan Gaffney
Cover image: © Bettmann/Corbis