Two forward-looking orchestras release new CDs

Posted on: November 1, 2010

In Sunday’s (10/31) Los Angeles Times, Mark Swed writes, “When Gidon Kremer, the great and inquiring Latvian violinist, turned 50 in 1997, he had already had his share of midlife crises. … So he founded a chamber orchestra and named it after himself, Kremerata Baltica. … His ensemble of young players from the Baltic has brought to vibrant life a treasury of spiritually intense Eastern European music (with detours by way of Argentinian New Tango, American and British Minimalism and Russo/Korean stand-up comedy). The Kremerata has this month added to its important discography not one but two profound, pioneering CDs on different labels. The players also tour restlessly; they will appear with Kremer on Monday at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. Thirteen years later, the average age of Kremerata’s players somehow remains 27. … Around the time that Kremer created his Kremerata, two music students in New York, the brothers Eric and Colin Jacobson, a violinist and cellist, organized informal chamber music evenings they called ‘The Knights of the Many-Sided Table.’ … Colin conducts. Eric is concertmaster. The Knights too have a new CD. And the brothers will soon have a presence in Orange County as well. They are members of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, which will be in residence for the Laguna Beach Music Festival in February.”

Posted November 1, 2010