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1Scene with Cranes (Jean Sibelius)6:01
2Passacaglia (Arvo Pärt)4:07
3De Profundis (Raminta Šerkšnytė)12:44
4Fugue No. 6, from Six Fugues on the Name B.A.C.H., Op. 60 (Robert Schumann)6:57
5Trysting Fields (Michael Nyman)5:47
6Minuet No. 3 and Trios in D Minor, D. 89 (Franz Schubert)5:52
7Lasset Uns den Nicht Zerteilen (Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer / J. S. Bach)1:29
8Adagio, from Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (Dmitri Shostakovich)4:39
9Sogno di Stabat Mater bzw. Dialogues on Stabat Mater (alter Titel) (Lera Auerbach)12:06
10Melodía en La menor (Canto de Octubre) (Astor Piazzolla)4:37
11Flowering Jasmine (Georgs Pelecis)6:47
12Fragment (from an unfinished cantata) (Alfred Schnittke)6:30

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About this Album

Nonesuch Records released Grammy Award–winning violinist Gidon Kremer’s De Profundis, featuring the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra, on September 14, 2010. The album’s 12 pieces, selected from Kremer’s performing repertoire, all hold very special meaning to him, and are connected to each other on a deep, intuitive level.

The composers, whose works span nearly two centuries, are: Jean Sibelius, Arvo Pärt, Raminta Šerkšnytė (whose piece, De Profundis, lends the album its title), Robert Schumann, Michael Nyman, Franz Schubert, Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer, Dmitri Shostakovich, Lera Auerbach, Astor Piazzolla, Georgs Pelecis, and Alfred Schnittke.

Kremer explains: “The artists featured on this record affirm a deep-rooted personal expression that can resonate within anyone. Their spiritual missive can sustain humans by appealing to their profoundest emotions, by letting them open up, become more conscious, rather than ‘forget themselves.’ Each of the 12 pieces selected for this album sends its own individual message to the listener, one that my colleagues from Kremerata Baltica and I have tried to illuminate.”

Gidon Kremer dedicates De Profundis to all those who refuse to be silenced, “namely to Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who—being a real patriot of Russia—can be seen as a symbol for democratic changes in his home country. Khodorkovsky continues to spend years of imprisonment in Siberia, where he has been sent by a questionable trial.” (Arvo Pärt dedicated his fourth symphony, Los Angeles, to Khodorkovsky as well.)

Kremerata Baltica was founded by Gidon Kremer in 1996 and is composed of a group of young musicians from the three Baltic States. They first performed in the violinist’s hometown of Riga, Latvia, in February 1996 and have since toured throughout the world. Kremer, who is the group’s artistic director, described the Kremerata Baltica, in an interview with the New York Times, as “a musical democracy ... open-minded, self-critical, a continuation of my musical spirit.”

Credits

MUSICIANS
Gidon Kremer, solo violin and artistic director

Kremerata Baltica:
Violin: Eva Bindere, Sandis Steinbergs, Dzeraldas Bidva, Rasa Vosyliute-Mickuniene, Migle Diksaitiene, Sanita Zarina, Jana Ozolina, Andrejs Golikovs, Andrei Valigura, Agne Doveikaite, Migle Serapinaite, Monta Vermane, Lasma Taimina
Viola: Daniil Grishin, Ula Ulijona Zebriunaite, Vidas Vekerotas, Zita Zemovica
Cello: Marta Sudraba, Eriks Kirsfelds, Giedre Dirvanauskaite, Peteris Cirksis
Double Bass: Danielis Rubinas, Indrek Sarrap
Percussion: Andrei Pushkarev

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Clarinet: Mate Bekovac, Fabio Di Casola (1)

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Helmut Mühle
Recorded December 8–11, 2008, at Latvian Radio, Riga*
Recording Engineer: Varis Kurmins*
Editing: Johannes Müller
Mastering Engineer: Christoph Stickel
*except Schnittke’s Fragment, recorded October 23, 2001, at Recording Studio, Riga
Recording Engineer: Niels Foelster
Editing: Gudrun Maurer

Design by Barbara deWilde
Photography from the series Soul of Fuel by Alexandra Kremer-Khomassouridze

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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