Kremer to Bring His Passion for Chamber Music To Seoul, Pusan

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Kremer to Bring His Passion for Chamber Music To Seoul, Pusan

Gidon Kremer, internationally renowned violinist, is coming to Korea with the Kremerata Baltica, a string orchestra consisting of 28 young musicians from the Baltic states. They will perform in Seoul on May 22 and Pusan on May 23.

Mr. Kremer is acclaimed for introducing audiences to comparatively little-known works of Russian or Eastern European composers. He is a tireless supporter of a 20th century Russian composer, Alfred Schnittke, whose cadenza he appends to his performances of Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

Mr. Kremer recorded the concerto and cadenza on the Philips label with Sir Neville Marriner, bringing Schnittke's name to prominence. He also has popularized the Argentine Astor Piazzolla's tango music and include works by Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Arvo Prt and others in his repertoire.

Mr. Kremer has a particular passion for chamber music. In 1981, he founded a chamber music festival in Lockenhaus, Austria. Every summer, musicians from various nations perform for two weeks in the informal atmosphere of the small village. Renamed the Kremerata Musica in 1992, the festival explores compositions by 19th and 20th century masters. He founded the Kremerata Baltica in 1997 for his 50th birthday.

It will be Mr. Kremer's third visit to Korea; he performed here in 1995 and 1997. He brings with him the Kremerata Baltica, renowned for its vigorous and fresh performances, to present an enchanting work called "The Eight Seasons." It combines Piazzolla's "Four Seasons" with the famed work of the same name by Antonio Vivaldi.

With the help of the composer Leonid Desyatnikov, Mr. Kremer created a marvelous combination of the two works in which the seasonal sections are presented alternately. Listening to "The Eight Seasons" feels like overhearing a conversation about the merits of each season between the two composers, Piazzolla and Vivaldi.

In Seoul, Mr. Kremer will also play Schnitt-ke's "Concerto a Trois for Violin, Viola, Cello and String Orchestra" and "The Seasons Digest," an arrangement made on Peter Tchaikovsky's "The Seasons," 12 characteristic pieces for piano, by Alexander Raskatov. In Pusan he will perform Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," and Tchaikovsky's "The Seasons Digest."

Mr. Kremer's Seoul performance will be held in the Concert Hall of the Seoul Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from 20,000 won (about $15) to 80,000 won. For more information, call Ticketlink at 02-780-6400 (English available). For information on the Pusan performance, contact the Pusan Arts Council at 051-746-6335 (English available).

by Lee Jang-jik

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