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Gidon Kremer & Baltic Sea Philharmonic with Weinberg’s Violin Concerto on Tour

After its first tour in April 2016, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic will embark on its second tour in September under the direction of Kristjan Järvi, founding conductor and music director, together with Gidon Kremer and his internationally renowned Kremerata Baltica. The ensemble will tour Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Denmark and Germany. The central focus of their repertoire will once again be the subject of “Nature” and the orchestra will present concerts in Danish schools for over 6,000 schoolchildren.

The tour will begin in Lithuania (Klaipeda, 15 September), then continue to Russia (Kaliningrad, 16 September), Poland (Danzig, 18 September), Denmark (Sønderberg and Copenhagen, 20-22 September) and Germany (Peenemünde, 24 September).

One of the climaxes of the concert programme will be Gidon Kremer’s performances of Mieczysław Weinberg’s rarely played Violin Concerto. The tour programme will present an unusual mixture, says Kristjan Järvi: “We are combining various elements of new, popular and unknown music. That is why we call our tour ‘Baltic Sea Discovery’”. The Violin Concerto by Mieczyslaw Weinberg is almost completely undiscovered, according to Järvi. Born in 1919 in Poland, the composer of Jewish origins fled German forces in 1939, arriving in the Soviet Union. There, too, he ran into conflict with the authorities, this time because of his artistic modernism. But Weinberg also had strong supporters. One of these was his friend, the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. The Violin Concerto, composed in 1959, was premiered by Leonid Kogan in Moscow on 12 February 1961). With Gidon Kremer, one of the world’s outstanding violinists, it now has an ideal advocate.

 

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