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Insomnia / Gidon Kremer, Naoko Yoshino


Release Date: 02/08/2000 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 456016   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Michio MiyagiErik SatieJean FrançaixRichard Strauss,   ... 
Performer:  Naoko YoshinoGidon Kremer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gidon Kremer apparently loves a challenge: Either familiar material in new guises or new material in familiar guises would seem to qualify. Hence this curiously constructed recital. Ostensibly a duo program with a few solo pieces dropped in for good measure (Kaija Saariaho's Nocturne, which swirls and skitters around selected pitches, couched in a variety of tonal effects, and Richard Strauss's brief, sweet "étude" from the opera Daphne, for Kremer; Toru Takemitsu's Stanza II, adding an echoed and distorted tape component, and Nino Rota's familiar theme from The Godfather, for Yoshino), most of this violin and harp material originated in a different instrumentation (usually transcribing a flute part for violin, or piano for Read more the harp). So things may not quite be as they appear on the surface.

In putting together this program, Kremer was obviously not of a mind to show off his technique, as none of the works are especially virtuosic—in fact, the majority of them are relatively small-scale pieces of modest melodic material and less than flamboyant gesture. Only Yuji Takahashi's Insomnia contains any moments that could be described as aggressive, and that in a unusual sequence of events (the two instruments appear for the most part to be disinterested in what the other is doing; Kremer plays microtonal or altered pitches while wandering around the stage, Yoshino plays an ancient form of Japanese harp called the kugo, and they talk—according to the program notes they are reminiscing about the Russian poet Ossip Mandelstam). Most of the music is low-key; in fact, expressiveness is specifically verboten in Cage's minimal Six Melodies and Part's delicate Spiegel im Spiegel, and elsewhere—Satie's pseudo-Japanese melody and Jean Francaix's scurrying, songlike, easily digestible morsels among them—the attitude definitely appears to be "less is more."

I wish I could say I've deconstructed the connections (musical and/or symbolic) between the pieces, but this appears to be a tough nut to crack. Annotator Paul Griffiths speculates on a few possible interwoven threads, but as I said I think there's more here than meets the ear. This will take time. It goes without saying that the playing is impeccable.

-- Art Lange, FANFARE [7/2000]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Haru no umi by Michio Miyagi
Performer:  Naoko Yoshino (Harp), Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Japan 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Japan 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Mamoru Miyagi 
2.
Préludes (3) du fils des étoiles: no 1, La vocation by Erik Satie
Performer:  Naoko Yoshino (Harp), Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Japan 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Toru Takemitsu 
3.
Piccoli Duetti (5) for Flute and Harp by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Naoko Yoshino (Harp), Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; France 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Japan 
Length: 9 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4.
Daphne-Etüde, AV 141 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1945; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Japan 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
5.
Melodies (6) for Violin and Keyboard by John Cage
Performer:  Naoko Yoshino (Harp), Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Japan 
Length: 12 Minutes 55 Secs. 
6.
Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Pärt
Performer:  Naoko Yoshino (Harp), Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Japan 
Length: 9 Minutes 37 Secs. 
7.
Il padrino by Nino Rota
Performer:  Naoko Yoshino (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Japan 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
8.
Suite in the old style: Pantomine by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Naoko Yoshino (Harp), Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Japan 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
9.
Nocturne for Violin by Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Japan 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
10.
Insomnia by Yuji Takahashi
Performer:  Naoko Yoshino (Voice), Gidon Kremer (Voice), Gidon Kremer (Violin),
Naoko Yoshino (Kugo)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Japan 
Length: 14 Minutes 48 Secs. 
11.
Stanza no 2 by Toru Takemitsu
Performer:  Naoko Yoshino (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; Japan 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Japan 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a work for harp and tape. 

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