From ECM: Gidon Kremer “Lockenhaus”

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Gidon Kremer Lockenhaus

ECM/2200/2202 Releasing July 26, 2011

Tonight the 30th Lockenhaus festival opens with a concert at Burg Lockenhaus. Once more Gidon Kremer and the festival musicans present a series of programmes developped as a work-in-progress far from all routine, this year under the festival motto “Uncompromisingly young”.

In time for the 30th anniversary of the unique chamber music festival co-founded by violinist Gidon Kremer and Pastor Josef Herowitsch in the Austrian village of Lockenhaus, ECM issues a 5-CD box of recordings.

Gidon Kremer

As he explains in an interview in the 60-page booklet included in the set, Kremer originally sought out Lockenhaus in 1981 as a ‘home with open doors’, wanting an artistic centre of a kind he’d not had since leaving Moscow, a place where friends could congregate to share musical discoveries. Very different from the more conventional classical festivals, Lockenhaus, quickly became a gathering point for musicians, young musicians primarily, eager to pool their energies, knowledge and skills.

Early in Lockenhaus’s history, producer Manfred Eicher began working with Gidon Kremer, recording the music of the festivals, and an “Edition Lockenhaus” was launched under the larger umbrella of ECM New Series. Out of print now for some years, the first Lockenhaus recordings have been eagerly sought out by collectors.

Manfred Eicher

For more information about this year’s Lockenhaus programme go here.

Five-CD limited-edition box set, issued in time for the 30th anniversary of the Austrian chamber-music festival. “Edition Lockenhaus” returns long out-of-print titles to the catalogue, with some of the finest musicians of the New Series, including Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, Heinz Holliger, Thomas Zehetmair, Thomas Demenga, Robert Levin, Eduard Brunner and many more. Gidon Kremer: “The artistic atmosphere in Lockenhaus soon has everybody speaking on the same wavelength.” The set opens with previously unreleased recordings – from 2001 and 2008 – with Sir Simon Rattle and Roman Kofman conducting Kremerata Baltica in revelatory performances of Richard Strauss’s “Metamorphosen” and Olivier Messiaen’s “Trois petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine”: the committed interpretations convey the spirit of Lockenhaus. Discs two through five focus on music of César Franck, André Caplet, Francis Poulenc, Leos Janácek, Igor Stravinsky, Dmitri Shostakovich and Erwin Schulhoff. Original liner notes, an interview with Kremer, and new texts complete a very special edition.

Gidon Kremer
Edition Lockenhaus

CD 1

Richard Strauss
Kremerata Baltica
Simon Rattle conductor

Olivier Messiaen
Trois petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine
Shedryk Children’s Choir, Kiev
Markus Bellheim piano
Christine Rohan ondes martenot
Khatia Buniatishvili celesta
Andrei Pushkarev vibraphone
Dmytro Marchenko
Igor Krasovsky percussion
Kremerata Baltica
Roman Kofman conductor

CD 2

César Franck
Piano Quintet in f minor
Alexandre Rabinovitch piano
Lukas Hagen
Krista Bennion violins
Tabea Zimmermann viola
Clemens Hagen violoncello

André Caplet
Conte fantastique
after Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death”
Ursula Holliger harp
Daniel Phillips
Michael Schnitzler
Gérard Caussé viola
Ko Iwasaki violoncello

Francis Poulenc
Two Songs from “Fiançailles pour rire”
Christine Whittlesey soprano
Robert Levin piano

CD 3

Leoš Janáček
String Quartet No. 1 after Leo Tolstoi’s “Kreutzer Sonata”
Lukas Hagen
Annette Bik violins
Veronika Hagen viola
Clemens Hagen violoncello

Igor Stravinsky
Tango – Valse – Ragtime
from “L’Histoire du Soldat”
Gidon Kremer violin
Eduard Brunner clarinet
Aloys Kontarsky piano

Concerto en Ré
Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
Heinz Holliger conductor

Dimitri Shostakovich
Waltz from “The Return of Maxim”
Barrel Organ Waltz from “The Gadfly”
Irena Grafenauer flute
Eduard Brunner clarinet
Oleg Maisenberg piano

Two Pieces for String Octet op. 11
Lukas Hagen
Thomas Zehetmair
Annette Bik
Daniel Phillips violins
Veronika Hagen
Hatto Beyerle violas
Clemens Hagen
Markus Stocker violoncellos

CD 4

Dimitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 14 op. 142
Gidon Kremer
Yuzuko Horigome violins
Kim Kashkashian viola
David Geringas violoncello

String Quartet No. 13 op. 138
Gidon Kremer
Thomas Zehetmair violins
Nobuko Imai viola
Boris Pergamentschikow violoncello

Two Movements for String Quartet
Gidon Kremer
Annette Bik violins
Veronika Hagen viola
Thomas Demenga violoncello

CD 5

Erwin Schulhoff
Sextet op. 45
Gidon Kremer
Philip Hirschhorn violins
Nobuko Imai
Kim Kashkashian viola
David Geringas
Julius Berger violoncello

Duo for Violin and Cello
Philip Hirschhorn violin
David Geringas violoncello

Cinq Études de Jazz op. 58
James Tocco piano

Recorded live 1981-2008
ECM New Series 2190