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Schubert: Soiree / Gidon Kremer, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe


Release Date: 05/31/1993 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 437535   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gidon KremerGabrielle LesterDiemut PoppenRichard Lester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Whereas a lesser artist might settle for charm and no more, Kremer locates those occasional corners where bodeful intimations lie dormant.

The two sets of dances are charming products of Schubert's mid-teenage years and provide Gidon Kremer with much food for musical thought. Whereas a lesser artist might settle for charm and no more, Kremer locates those occasional corners where bodeful intimations lie dormant: witness the darkening cadences at the close of the Sixth German Dance or the third (D minor) Minuet's pensive outer sections. His solo playing has a fine-spun, slightly husky quality, spot-on the centre of the note and with constantly shifting nuances. It's a style that reminded me of Kremer's great teacher,
Read more David Oistrakh, and lends Schubert's top line a poignant, speaking quality. The Trios of the Dances are played by a hand-picked quartet (led by Kremer), the outer sections by the full group.

The three concertante works are rather later and more obviously formal, although the jaunty Polonaise which opens the programme shares the carefree atmosphere that most of the dances inhabit. Again, Kremer inflects the musical line and inspires agile, lilting accompaniments from his colleagues; he floats into the A major Rondo (track 7, at 108") with such disarming gracefulness that I immediately leapt to my CD drawer for a replay. Throughout the disc there are significant echoes of past masters, particularly in the dances quoted above: Mozart in the D minor Minuet, and Beethoven in the C major German Dance, which bears a striking resemblance to the Scherzo from his C minor (1801-2) Violin Sonata, op. 30 No. 2. The recordings are excellent, with a notably strong bass line.

-- Robert Cowan, Gramophone [8/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Polonaise for Violin and Orchestra in B flat major, D 580 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
German Dances (5) for String Quartet, D 90: no 1 in C major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin), Gabrielle Lester (Violin), Diemut Poppen (Viola),
Richard Lester (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
German Dances (5) for String Quartet, D 90: no 2 in G major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin), Gabrielle Lester (Violin), Diemut Poppen (Viola),
Richard Lester (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4.
German Dances (5) for String Quartet, D 90: no 3 in D major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin), Gabrielle Lester (Violin), Diemut Poppen (Viola),
Richard Lester (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
5.
German Dances (5) for String Quartet, D 90: no 4 in F major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin), Gabrielle Lester (Violin), Diemut Poppen (Viola),
Richard Lester (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
6.
German Dances (5) for String Quartet, D 90: no 5 in C major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin), Gabrielle Lester (Violin), Diemut Poppen (Viola),
Richard Lester (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
7.
Rondo for Violin and Strings in A major, D 438 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 14 Minutes 19 Secs. 
8.
Minuets (5) for String Quartet, D 89: no 1 in C major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin), Gabrielle Lester (Violin), Richard Lester (Cello),
Diemut Poppen (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
9.
Minuets (5) for String Quartet, D 89: no 2 in F major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Richard Lester (Cello), Gidon Kremer (Violin), Gabrielle Lester (Violin),
Diemut Poppen (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
10.
Minuets (5) for String Quartet, D 89: no 3 in D minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin), Gabrielle Lester (Violin), Richard Lester (Cello),
Diemut Poppen (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
11.
Minuets (5) for String Quartet, D 89: no 4 in G major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Diemut Poppen (Viola), Richard Lester (Cello), Gidon Kremer (Violin),
Gabrielle Lester (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 
12.
Minuets (5) for String Quartet, D 89: no 5 in C major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Richard Lester (Cello), Diemut Poppen (Viola), Gabrielle Lester (Violin),
Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
13.
Konzertstück for Violin in D major, D 345 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 10 Minutes 37 Secs. 

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