A beautifully-recorded album from master violinist Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata, Baltica, spanninga wide rangeof music, all of it broached with conviction. Hungarian composer and pianist Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer from the Serbian province of Vojvodina has written eight hymns in commemoration of the film director Andrei Tarkovsky, an artist he has called a homo moralis whose remarkable visions cast a small but significant light on the tragic world of the previous century. Georgian composer Giya Kancheli contributes a silent prayer for two of his most important musical associates: the cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich and the violinist Gidon Kremer. The contemplative intensity of the hymns and the ascetic tranquillity of the prayer are offset by César Franck‘s Piano Quintet in F minor like a premonition of Beethoven’s Appassionata, whose second movement, marked Lento, molto sentimento, in turn takes up the mood of the other two works. This programmatic combination underlines an intrinsic principle Paul Klee developed in his theory of harmony in the visual arts: any compositional harmony will gain character through dissonances, with the balance being restored by counterweights.
Gidon Kremer - violin The Kremerata Baltica Roman Kofman - conductor Khatia Buniatishvili - piano Andrei Pushkarev - vibraphone Marija Nemanytė - violin Maxim Rysanov - viola Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė - violoncello Sofia Altunashvili - voice on tape
Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer: Eight Hymns in memoriam Andrei Tarkovsky 01. I. Calmo
V. Molto tranquillo
VIII. Molto semplice
César Franck: Piano Quintet in f minor 02. I. Molto moderato quasi lento. Allegro
03. II. Lento, con molto sentimento
04. III. Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco
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