Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica Enchant in Concert with Music from "Superb" New Album (Mercury News)
Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica continue their North American tour with a sold-out show at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts in Denver, Colorado, tonight. It follows last night's performance at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, California, and a Sunday afternoon concert at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley. Featured on the tour program are works from the group's latest Nonesuch release, De Profundis, available now in the Nonesuch Store.
San Francisco Chronicle music critic Joshua Kosman describes Sunday's show as "deeply satisfying" and says of the Kremerata Baltica: "The string ensemble, founded and led by violinist Gidon Kremer, cultivates a sort of rough-hewn elegance that accords well with the music it plays. Robust, forthright textures and an urgent rhythmic profile—punctuated by occasional bursts of slightly eerie translucency—are the name of the game."
Kosman goes on to describe the group's new Nonesuch album, De Profundis, as "far-ranging," and its title work, written by Raminta Serksnyte, "made a powerful curtain-raiser, with its mournful but rhythmically vital rhetoric and its stylistic blend of Shostakovich, Glass and a touch of Bernard Herrmann." Another piece off the album, Lera Auerbach's Sogno di Stabat Mater, proves "fascinating," he writes, "a loving but subversive revisiting of bits of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater."
Read the complete concert review at sfgate.com.
The San Jose Mercury News says the performers conjured "enchantment and mystery" for the Halloween day concert. Mercury News music critic Richard Scheinin, too, points to Auerbach's piece as "best of all: music of Baroque-inspired grandeur and reserve, with melodies ravishing and faint as radio signals, and textures thickening to a freezing boil, like the Beatles' 'A Day in the Life" multiplied by ten."
Scheinin says the new album is "superb ... dark and mesmerizing," like the concert on Sunday. "Kremer's career for decades has followed a double track, personalizing core repertory (i.e. Bach, Schubert and Beethoven, all part of Sunday's show) while putting a premium on expanding listeners' ears with contemporary works."
Read the concert review at mercurynews.com.
To pick up a copy of De Profundis with 320 kbps MP3s of the complete album included at checkout, head to the Nonesuch Store. For information on the rest of the North American tour from Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.