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Shostakovich: Sonata for Violin, etc / Kremer, Bashmet

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 134
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In celebration of Shostakovich's 100th birthday year, two great string soloists - Gidon Kremer and Yuri Bashmet - team up for a special tribute. Their new CD will feature the Violin Sonata Op. 134 and the Viola Sonata Op. 147, both newly arranged for soloists and chamber orchestra. Joined by the world-renowned ensemble Kremerata Baltica, Kremer and Bashmet deliver powerful performances of these little-known works.

BBC Music Magazine
You'd have to be a die-hard purist not to appreciate the virtues of these two fascinating transcriptions. The Violin Sonata remains one of the Shostakovich's most uncompromising works... Recorded live at concerts given in Russia, Gidon Kremer and his marvellous Kremerata Baltica respond to the music with searing commitment, the audience remaining totally gripped throughout the performance. A similar degree of concentrated intensity is present in the Viola Sonata. Although Yuri Bashmet's tempo for the opening movement may seem too slow and indulgent for the composer's prescribed marking of Moderato, the conviction of the playing surmounts initial misgivings, as it does in the Adagio which emerges here as an incredibly moving farewell to life.



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 134
  • Performers: Andrei Pushkarev (Percussion); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Gidon Kremer
  • Ensemble: Kremerata Baltica
  • Notes: Composition written: 1968.
  • Running Time: 32 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147
  • Performer: Yuri Bashmet (Viola)
  • Conductor: Gidon Kremer
  • Ensemble: Kremerata Baltica
  • Notes: Composition written: 1975.
  • Running Time: 35 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975
  • Studio/Live: Live