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Adagio/symphony No. 14 (Kremer, Kremerata Baltica)

Dmitry Shostakovich
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Release Date: 27/08/2007

Edition: Album
Genre: General
Sub-Genre: tbc
Label: ECM New Series
Number of Discs: 1
Duration: 76.30 minutes

Gidon Kremer's ambitions as founder, orchestral director and concert master with Kremerata have gone beyond the repertoire boundaries right from the start. Rather than playing traditional chamber orchestra pieces he looks for unique masterworks to study with his exceptionally gifted young players - such as Schubert's confessional last string Quartet in an arrangement for chamber orchestra or a symphonic movement originally conceived for large orchestra like the Adagio from Mahler's unfinished Symphony No 10. To convey the sonic wealth of this swansong makes the highest demands.

Shostakovich's dramatic and moving Symphony No 14, written in a sanatorium in the expectation of imminent death, is marked by enormous rhythmic intricacies and a variety of characters. Shostakovich uses texts by Apollinaire, Rilke, Lorca and Küchelbeker. In all their stylistic individuality both pieces display an intense preoccupation with death and parting: whereas Mahler, in spite of some violent outbursts, seems to find a certain peace and conciliation, Shostakovich utters fierce protest against an unjust and premature death.

Gidon Kremer - (violin), Kremerata Baltica, Yulia Korpacheva - (soprano), Fedor Kuznetsov - (bass).