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Victor Kissine
Between Two Waves

Gidon Kremer violin
Daniil Grishin viola
Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė violoncello
Andrius Zlabys piano
Andrei Pushkarev percussion
Kremerata Baltica
Roman Kofman conductor
 
Between Two Waves
Concerto for piano and string orchestra (2006/2008)

Duo (after Osip Mandelstam)
for viola and violoncello (1998/2011)

Barcarola
for violin solo, string orchestra and percussion (2007)


Recorded July 2011

ECM New Series 2312
 
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Following on from Victor Kissine’s luminous orchestration of Schubert’s String Quartet in G Major (ECM 1883) and his own “Zerkalo” with Kremer and friends (ECM 2202), here is the first ECM album devoted entirely to the compositions of the composer from St. Petersburg. The flavour of the sea pervades the three recent compositions heard here, variously inspired by the poetry of Mandelstam and Brodsky: the concerto for piano and string orchestra “Between Two Waves”, the Duo (After Osip Mandelstam) for viola and violoncello, and “Barcarola” for violin, string orchestra and percussion. All three pieces are dedicated to the collaborating players – Gidon Kremer and the musicians of Kremerata Baltica. Of the “Barcarole”, Kissine has said that it reflects the experience with Kremer and company on the earlier Schubert orchestration. Subsequently Kissine “wanted to write a piece that was orchestral but intimate – a kind of ‘concerto in watercolour’. The explicitly chamber character of the ‘Barcarole’ guided me toward the form of a concerto in one movement, which also unfolds in waves.” The album, recorded at last year’s Lockenhaus Festival, is issued in time for Kissine’s 60th birthday on March 15, 2013.