GLASS Violin Concerto + SCHNITTKE / Kremer

PHILIP GLASS
Violin Concerto · Violinkonzert

ALFRED SCHNITTKE
Concerto grosso No. 5
Gidon Kremer
Rainer Keuschnig
Wiener Philharmoniker
Christoph von Dohnányi
Int. Release 25 Jan. 1993
1 CD / Download
0289 437 0912 5


Track List

Philip Glass (1937 - )
Concerto For Violin And Orchestra

Gidon Kremer, Wiener Philharmoniker, Christoph von Dohnányi

Alfred Schnittke (1934 - 1998)
Concerto Grosso No.5

Gidon Kremer, Rainer Keuschnig, Wiener Philharmoniker, Christoph von Dohnányi

Gidon Kremer, Wiener Philharmoniker, Christoph von Dohnányi, Rainer Keuschnig

Gidon Kremer, Rainer Keuschnig, Wiener Philharmoniker, Christoph von Dohnányi

Total Playing Time 52:40

Gidon Kremer's recording is the oldest, but still the one to go for. No one's better than the Latvian at bringing depth and subtlety to the apparently naive . . . True to form, he shapes the simple, sighing figure of the slow movement most beautifully, with discreet portamento and a beautifully rounded, sad tone . . . He shapes the dynamics more than other soloists, too, often doing more than the score's rather sparse directions, always with effective results. Technically he's spot-on, having no trouble with the fast high C in the impassioned climax of the slow movement, and dashing off the triple- and quadruple-stops in the final movement with crunchy, controlled power . . . There's a light and clean feel to the strings, which are nice and springy in the tripping opening phrases . . . Kremer's approach works perfectly, and is welcome in music that otherwise runs the risk of sounding baroque-lite in a composing-by-numbers way.

[Glass / Violin Concerto]: the pristine surfaces lend a beguiling sheen to the Vienna Philharmonic's backing, while Gidon Kremer's solo part benefits from a profile more sharply outlined than the original mastering . . .