Kremerata Baltica : Any thoughts?

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Kremerata Baltica : Any thoughts?

Post by Allen » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:58 am

What does everyone think of Gidon Kremer's ensemble?

What repertoire are they good at?

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Re: Kremerata Baltica : Any thoughts?

Post by Chalkperson » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:05 am

Way too thorny for my personal taste, excellent ensemble, especially in East European and Modern repertoire...
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Re: Kremerata Baltica : Any thoughts?

Post by John F » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:07 am

They're great to listen to and not bad to look at. :) Sometimes Kremer conducts them, sometimes sits with the violins (not as concertmaster). What's special about them is their repertoire; like Kremer himself, they play new and old music that's none too familiar. And their encores, like Kremer's, can be something else.

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Re: Kremerata Baltica : Any thoughts?

Post by some guy » Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:12 pm

Chalkperson wrote:Way too thorny...
I cannot imagine what this could possibly be referring to.
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Re: Kremerata Baltica : Any thoughts?

Post by Chalkperson » Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:32 pm

some guy wrote:
Chalkperson wrote:Way too thorny...
I cannot imagine what this could possibly be referring to.
The violins for example, esepecially his...i'm an Arthur Grumiaux and David Oistrach kind of a guy... :wink:
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Post by some guy » Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:35 pm

Ah. Makes perfect sense.

I just couldn't imagine. But now that you mention it, it seems so obvious!!
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Re: Kremerata Baltica : Any thoughts?

Post by johnQpublic » Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:25 pm

Chalkperson wrote: excellent ensemble, especially in East European and Modern repertoire...
Yep. Like this disc of Enescu's Octet & Quintet I have:

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Re: Kremerata Baltica : Any thoughts?

Post by Lance » Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:46 pm

Very much enjoy this ensemble tho' I have not collected the prolifically. As John Francis noted, they have recorded some unusual (and exceptional) repertoire. While I personally like Kremer's art, it seems to be equally divided: either you like him or you don't ... No middle of the road.
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Re: Kremerata Baltica : Any thoughts?

Post by hangos » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:06 pm

Lance wrote:Very much enjoy this ensemble tho' I have not collected the prolifically. As John Francis noted, they have recorded some unusual (and exceptional) repertoire. While I personally like Kremer's art, it seems to be equally divided: either you like him or you don't ... No middle of the road.
Now I understand why he plays such a lot with Martha Argerich, because she too provokes a similar love/hate reaction! :mrgreen:
Personally I like them both (sorry, should really say love them both!)
Does anyone here love Kremer but hate Argerich or vice versa? It would be interesting to find out
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Re: Kremerata Baltica : Any thoughts?

Post by John F » Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:49 pm

I've tried not to miss Kremer's appearances here, and regret his decision to withdraw from giving concerts. Haven't been to an Argerich performance in years - too manic for me.
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