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Gidon Kremer's "Art of Instrumentation" "Lovely and Alluring," Says NPR, With "Fresh, Intriguing" New Takes on Bach and More

Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica: "The Art of Instrumentation: : Homage to Glenn Gould" [cover]

The Art of Instrumentation: Homage to Glenn Gould, by violinist Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra, was released last last month on what would have been Gould’s 80th birthday. The album comprises 11 pieces and arrangements by contemporary composers that quote from or are inspired by works, mostly by Bach, that Gould famously recorded during his career. "The new album sports fresh and intriguing makeovers of several Bach keyboard classics favored by the late pianist Glenn Gould," says NPR's Tom Huizenga in a review of this "lovely and alluring new album" for NPR Music's Deceptive Cadence blog.

"There are many moments in this album to make you smile, wonder and simply bask in the beauty of the music—both Bach's and the additional twists provided by composers like Kremer favorite Valentin Silvestrov, whose Dedication to J.S.B. opens the CD and lives in Silvestrov's signature dreamy sound world," writes Huizenga. "The 65-year-old Kremer, with his reputation as an unconventional violinist—whether he's playing Mozart or Piazzolla—gives characteristically detailed performances, helping to lend each piece its own personality."

Read the complete review at

To pick up a copy of The Art of Instrumentation on CD, MP3, and FLAC, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include a download of the complete album at checkout. A box set of all of Kremer’s recordings of Astor Piazzolla’s music, Hommage à Piazzolla, is due out on November 19 and is available to pre-order in the Nonesuch Store now.

Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica are currently on tour in Japan, where they perform at Tokyo's Suntory Hall tonight and Saturday. For additional details on these and other upcoming concerts by Kremer, visit


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