Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra is touring with exceptionally talented pianist Daniil Trifonov February 8-21, 2015. In the program – works of M. Weinberg, F. Chopin, H. Gorecky, and K. Penderecki.
Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has made a spectacular ascent to classical music stardom since winning First Prize at both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions in 2011 at the age of 20. Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of awe. “He has everything and more, … tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that,” stated pianist Martha Argerich, while the Financial Times observes, “What makes him such a phenomenon is the ecstatic quality he brings to his performances. … Small wonder every western capital is in thrall to him.”
Essential to Kremerata Baltica’s artistic personality is its creative approach to programming and energy, which often looks beyond the mainstream and has given rise to numerous world premieres of works by composers such as Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, Pēteris Vasks, Leonid Desyatnikov and Alexander Raskatov. The orchestra’s wide-ranging and carefully chosen repertoire is also showcased in its numerous and much-praised CD recordings. Most recent recording “Mieczysław Weinberg” (ECM, 2014) was highly appreciated by music professionals and lovers and was nominated to the Grammy Award 2014 the category best “Classical Compendium”.
Kremerata Baltica together with renowned violinist Gidon Kremer will give several performances at La Folle Journée festival in Nantes, France during January 28-February 1, 2015.
During 5 festival days more than 300 concerts are planned, hosting around 1600 musicians and expecting at least 150.000 visitors. With events that last no more than 45 minutes, la Folle Journée offers a new perspective on concerts that attract and instruct new audiences of all ages by doing away with the unchanging and rather predictable rituals of conventional concerts. In a relatively short time, visitors can wander from room to room, each of which offers acoustics that are perfectly suited to the different musical effects. The profusion of concerts is an opportunity for visitors to renew their musical experience, as and when they choose.
Recording “Mieczysław Weinberg” released by ECM (producer Manfred Eicher) has been nominated for the Grammy award in category “Best Classical Compendium.”
The recording is performed by Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra and soloists Gidon Kremer (violin), Daniil Trifonov (piano), Giedre Dirvanauskaite (violoncello), Daniil Grishin (viola) and Danielis Rubinas (double bass). The main criteria of the category implies that the album is “developed and united by an artist, composer, tribute, thematic idea, musical or other unifying concept.” Among five other albums it is to compete for the reward of 2014.
Works of Mieczysław Weinberg will be of exceptional importance in the annual XII Kremerata Baltica festival to be held in June 2015 in Sigulda, Cesis, Riga and Jurmala (Latvia).