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For violinist Gidon Kremer's new album, he commissioned 11 composers to rework and build on keyboard music by J.S. Bach.
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October 30, 2012 Over the centuries, the durable music of J.S. Bach has withstood almost every type of makeover — sounding unscathed on anything from a banjo to a Japanese shamisen. Violinist Gidon Kremer's new album features fresh arrangements of the master's music and new works by 11 contemporary composers.
Tengiz Mirzashvili's winter landscape is the cover art for Giya Kancheli's Themes From The Songbook.
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March 2, 2011 The Georgian composer collected themes from his many scores for stage and screen, and violinist Gidon Kremer and friends fashioned them into an atmospheric stream of laid-back melodies.
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June 28, 2004 Renowned Latvian-born violinist Gidon Kremer has established a worldwide reputation as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation. His Kremerata Musica quartet plays an all-Shostakovich program in Carnegie's Zankel Hall.
March 4, 2003 He began studying violin at the age of four and later attended the Moscow Conservatory. Over the years he has won the most prestigious violinist prizes, including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Paganini Competition in Genoa. His repertoire is extensive, including the standard classical and Romantic violin works as well as works by Arvo Part, John Adams and Astor Piazzolla. He has more than 100 recordings to his credit, including Happy Birthday, his most recent. In 1996, Kremer founded the Kremerata Baltica, a chamber orchestra, to foster outstanding musicians from the three Baltic States. In 1997, he took over the leadership of the Musiksommer Gstaad in Switzerland.
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February 3, 2003 Down With Wilco and The Minus Five; Latvian violin virtuoso Gidon Kremer; Celtic country bluegrass from Ponticello; South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim; Folk rock adventurer Patty Larkin and more.
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