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November 22 , 2005

Kremer's Bach Stuns Critics

Gidon Kremer’s fresh interpretation of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for unaccompanied violin has met with resoundingly positive reactions on both sides of the Atlantic: "This is a superb account, bursting at once with piety toward the spirit of the music and sheer irreverence toward its execution", writes Jeremy Eichler in The New York Times, adding that, in Kremer’s hands, "this centuries-old music sounds searingly modern".

For Mark Swed in The Los Angeles Times, Kremer’s version is in a league of its own. "There is no one else today who can offer what Kremer can in Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin. This is a recording of daring originality that is utterly out of step with performance fashion." Critics are unanimous in their praise of Kremer’s exploratory and highly individual approach to the pieces. Having made history with his 1980 Philips recording, the great Latvian violinist is doing so again in this return to the music for ECM New Series.

In FonoForum, the German classical music magazine that has Kremer on the cover of its December-issue, the record receives the highest rating. Marcus Staebler salutes its "moving expressiveness" and a "search for musical truth" that goes far beyond mere historical correctness while, in the Berliner Zeitung, Wolfgang Fuhrmann asserts that "anyone looking for an interpretation in which every note is essential and played with glowing intensity must listen to this recording."