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This is an extremely dramatic and atmospheric performance of the Shostakovich 14th Symphony, the more unusual for being conducted by Gidon Kremer from the concertmaster’s desk. There’s no loss of scale, but certainly an intensified sense of intimacy, and he is served by magnificent playing from the Kremerata Baltica and two first-rate soloists. … The coupling is the Adagio from Mahler’s Tenth Symphony in an arrangement for strings only… This too is beautifully played, and in this dedicated reading the music discloses previously unsuspected links back to Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht and forward to Strauss’s Metamorphosen.
Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine

Few would expect anyone to better Mahler at orchestrations, so it comes as a shock to hear just how well this version works. Kremer’s violin acts as a microscope staring into the scurrying microbes of the composer’s final thoughts, the ensemble adding reflection and analysis in a way that makes us rethink the movement almost from first principles.
Dmitri Shostakovich, the Soviet chronicler who drew so much of his technique from Mahler, meant the 14th symphony to be his last and scaled it down to chamber size, with vocal parts for soprano and bass. The darkness is deeper than Mahler’s, relieved by random chords of gallows humour and redeemed at the close by mortal defiance. An amazing human testament.
Evening Standard

Mahlers Adagio erklingt hier in einer Kammerfassung für 20 Streicher. Im Bestreben nach höchstmöglichem individuellen Espressivo und klanglicher Kohäsion des Streichertimbres gelingt dem baltischen Spitzenensemble ein überzeugendes Votum für diese Kammerversion. Schostakowitschs vokale Todessinfonie, an seine Orchestrierung von Mussorgskys „Liedern und Tänzen des Todes“ anknüpfend, zeugt in der Textwahl vom exquisiten Literaturkenner. … Es gibt sarkastischere, brutalere Deutungen dieses Zyklus; in der Vermählung von ausgefeiltem Expressivo mit kammermusikalischer Intimität ist Kremers Interpretation kaum zu übertreffen.
Franz Cavigelli, Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag

Eine der besten Kremer-Aufnahmen seit langer Zeit. Kremer leitet die Kremerata Baltica bei Schostakowitschs 14. Symphonie und dem Adagio von Mahlers Zehnter. Brillant ausbalanciert, extrem virtuos musiziert.