News | 31.03.2019

New on CD: Gidon Kremer plays Weinberg’s “24 Preludes”

In his first release on Accentus Music, Gidon Kremer presents his ingenious arrangement of the Weinberg Preludes in a world premiere recording!

Gidon Kremer celebrates the centenary of a great composer Mieczysław Weinberg with a release of a new CD featuring Weinberg’s 24 Preludes for Cello Solo, arranged for violin by Gidon Kremer.

In 2018, these preludes became a basis for a concert program “Preludes to a Lost Time” – a multimedia project that combines Weinberg’s music with the photographs of Lithuanian artist Antanas Sutkus. While combining the auditory and visual arts allow us new insights into a “bygone era, whose legacy has faded but not entirely disappeared”, as Gidon Kremer commented on his project, the performance of the 24 Preludes independently allows us to focus on their musical language – aphoristic, often brutal, provocative and marked by an inner conflict. 

Gidon Kremer’s earlier approaches to the music of the long neglected, brilliant composer Weinberg, whom many regard as the musical heir of Dmitri Shostakovich, were praised by music critics all over the world. Kremer, with his very own tone, seems to be the ideal interpreter for this exciting repertoire.

In May, the portrait “Gidon Kremer – Finding Your Own Voice” by Paul Smaczny will be released on DVD. The release will feature an audiovisual recording of Gidon Kremer’s concert program “Preludes to a Lost Time” from the Gogol Center Moscow.

For more information on CD and DVD releases, please visit the Accentus Music website.