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Gidon Kremer - Happy Birthday / Kremerata Baltica


Release Date: 01/28/2003 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79657   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter HeidrichFranz WaxmanPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyAlfred Schnittke,   ... 
Performer:  Marta SudrabaUla UlijonaGidon KremerLouis Lortie,   ... 
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This entertaining disc features an eclectic mix of pieces both serious and humorous in celebration of the Kremerata Baltica's fifth anniversary. The best of them is Franz Waxman's hilarious "Auld lang syne" Variations, four movements in the style of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and "Shostakofiev" respectively. Joseph Ghys and François Servais team up to produce a typical 19th-century showpiece variation set, in this case on "God save the King" (a very popular tune for variations), the intention here being purely virtuosic rather than witty. Peter Heidrich's "Happy Birthday" Variations also mimics famous composers (with Haydn and Mozart being especially well differentiated), but the work concludes Read more with a delightful series of "free" variations that let the composer's own fanciful imagination take center stage.


Teddy Bor's McMozart's eine kleine bricht Moonlicht nich Musik might be funny had P.D.Q. Bach not done the same thing on a much larger scale and with far more amusing results. Vato Kakhidze's strangely multi-cultural "Blitz" Fantasy adds melismatic vocal contributions to music that hovers somewhere between poignancy and Muzak. Three shorter pieces--Tchaikovsky's Elegy, Schnittke's Polka, and Ladislav Kupkovic's Souvenir--round out this enterprising collection. It goes without saying that the performances do full justice to the music, and also to Kremerata Baltica's avowed purpose of presenting programs that offer musical food for thought and occasional surprises in addition to more normal fare. Excellent sonics capture the festivities warmly and vividly. Clearly, a good time was had by all, though the notes take the entire project rather too seriously. [2/11/2003]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Variations on "Happy Birthday" for String Quartet by Peter Heidrich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Reitschule, Grafenegg 
Length: 11 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2.
Variations on "Auld Lang Syne" by Franz Waxman
Performer:  Marta Sudraba (Cello), Ula Ulijona (Viola), Gidon Kremer (Violin),
Louis Lortie (Piano)
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3.
Elegy for Strings in G major by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4.
Sketches: Revis Fairy Tale: 4. Polka by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1985 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Nalepastrasse Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Sergei Dreznin 
5.
Variations brillantes et concertantes on "God Save the King", Op. 38 by Adrien François Servais
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin), Marta Sudraba (Cello)
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 11/2001 
Venue:  State Philharmonic Hall, Ludwigshafen 
Length: 10 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Joseph Ghys. 
6.
Blitz Fantasy by Vato Kakhidze
Performer:  Vato Kakhidze (Synthesizer), Vato Kakhidze (Piano), Lasma Muceniece (Voice),
Vato Kakhidze (Voice), Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; Georgian Republic 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
McMozart's Eine Kleine Bricht Moonlicht Nicht Musik by Edward Bor
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
8.
Souvenir by Ladislav Kupkovic
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 

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