Sion Festival 2016 with Kremerata Baltica

Kremerata Baltica is starting the season of 2016/2017 with several performances at 52nd Sion Music Festival in Switzerland. Third year in a row chamber orchestra and its artistic leader Gidon Kremer find temporary ‘home’ spending more than a week rehearsing and performing in the beautiful city of Sion. 

Gidon Kremer will start performance period in Switzerland with duo concert with talented violinist Clara Jumi Kang on August 30th, playing pieces by M. Weinberg, L. Nono, I. Loboda, E. Ysaye, and S. Prokofiev.

On September 1st Kremerata Baltica will be joined by mandolin player Avi Avital in the program “Images D’Orient”. Works by A. Vivaldi, E. Bloch, A. Dorman, A. Dvorak will be performed. The last piece of the concert –  R. Schumann’s piece Bilder aus Osten, Op. 66 (arr. F. Herrmann; supplemented with K.Stockhausen Melodies from “Zodiac”) – will be performed with images and with participation of Gidon Kremer and soloists of Kremerata Baltica. Called “Different Pictures from the East”, focused on and around “Pictures from the East” by Robert Schumann, this new program offers an unusual encounter with the works of Nizar Ali Badr, a Syrian sculptor who has been enthusiastically discussed across the social platforms in recent months. Short audio-visual inserts placed between the movements of Schumann’s composition serve as contrasting pictures from the east. According to the Syrian sculptor his unique language of pebble sculptures should “spread happiness and love amid war, destruction, death, migration, exodus, chaos, poverty and injustice.” Mr. Badr hopes that “this war will end soon, and that the killing will stop.”
In the meantime freed Spanish journalist Ángel Sastre compares the war in Syria with a dead-end tunnel: “I identify very much with the Syrian people and am ashamed of the position taken by western countries who only talk about Syria when they see their own welfare threatened by the mass arrival of refugees. Being realistic, there seems to be no happy ending in sight for Syria. It’s a dead-end.”
Every time a stone sculpture is finished, it has to be destroyed, because fixing stones with special glue on special supports has become unaffordable in present Syria. While creating a stone sculpture, the artist knows with certainty that there is nothing there to hold it together and that all of his works will undoubtedly be destroyed in time, just like the sand mandalas. Through this inherent ephemerality Mr.Badr’s work implies the capacity to confront the temporal nature of life.
The animation is synchronised with the music from “Music Boxes” by Karlheinz Stockhausen. Selected parts of this cycle are performed by Gidon Kremer and the members of Kremerata Baltica.

On September 2nd, the performance of Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer is marked by two premieres of arrangements – P. Glass “Orphée suite” new arrangement for violin, string orchestra and percussion done by Andrei Pushkarev, based on P. Barnes version for solo piano and F. Schubert “Phantasy” for violin and strings in C-major D. 934, arranged by Victor Kissine. The concert will be closed with another video project – Russia: Masks and Faces. Please read more about it here.

After more than two weeks of concerts, Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica will offer to close last evening of the Festival dedicating the concert to film music. At the Gala concert “Hommage a CINEMA”, images by Yuri Norstein will supplement A. Bakshi piece “Dialog with Gogol”. Also, imaginative visual project by Ilya Epelbaum will be shown during B. Herrmann “Psycho Suite”. Sion Festival’s artistic director Pavel Vernikov and Svetlana Makarova will join the performance playing “Utyosov Fantasy” – compilation of famous songs performed by Leonid Utyosov (arr. for two violins and string orchestra by A. Pushkarev).

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