News | 16.05.2019
Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer receives an award for the “Defense and Dissemination of Religious Music”
Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica are honored to receive an award for the “Defense and Dissemination of Religious Music” at the Religious Music Week Festival in Cuenca, Spain. The Week of Religious Music of Cuenca, created in 1962, is one of the most important annual musical events in Holy Week, being one of the main festivals in Europe.
During the festival, Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica performed two concerts with the music of Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, Mieczysław Weinberg and Dmitri Shostakovich. During the first concert Gidon Kremer and Tatiana Grindenko performed together a piece dedicated to them by Arvo Pärt in 1977 – “Tabula Rasa”. The part of the prepared piano was played by Reinut Tepp. Among other pieces Kremerata Baltica performed Weinberg’s Symphony No.2, which we have recently recorded under the leadership of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla for Deutsche Grammophon label along with Weinberg’s Symphony No.21 – the CD which will be released in May 2019.
During the second concert Gidon Kremer, Giedre Dirvanauskaite and Andrei Pushkarev performed Giya Kancheli’s “Silent Prayer” accompanied by Kremerata Baltica that Gidon Kremer dedicated this to the tragic events at the Notre-Dame de Paris. During the second half of the concert the last quartet of Shostakovich, No.15 was performed in arrangement for string orchestra by Gidon Kremer and Victor Kissine.
The review of our concerts is available here.