Classical Album of the Week
After more than a decade away, Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer has returned to Deutsche Grammophon with his first solo album in many years, New Seasons.
The centerpiece of New Seasons is a brand new reference recording of Philip Glass’ 2nd Violin Concerto, “The American Seasons.”
Performed and released by Kremer in 1993, the first Glass Violin Concerto has since achieved cult status. By now the second concerto belongs at the core of the repertoire of Kremerata Baltica and Kremer himself.
First performed in San Jose, Costa Rica with Kremer as the soloist in August 2013, they’re currently touring the world with this unique and powerful modern classic.
The album is completed by works of Arvo Pärt and Giya Kancheli – two living composers closely associated with Kremer, who are both set to celebrate milestone 80th birthdays this year. Kremer also includes a short piece by friend and well-known Japanese film composer Shigeru Umebayashi.
Enjoy the works of these great contemporary composers, whose music could one day be performed in the way Mozart and Beethoven are today.
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