Gidon and Elena Kremer

Gidon and Elena Kremer - The somewhat forgotten team in the 1980s.

Gidon And Elena Kremer In Recital – 1980 Salzburg Festival – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

Gidon and Elena Kremer
Gidon and Elena Kremer – The somewhat forgotten team in the 1980s.

Salzburg Festival 1980 – Gidon and Elena Kremer Recital – August 17, 1980 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

Another historic recital. This week it’s from the 1980 Salzburg Festival featuring Gidon and Elena Krember in music of Pärt, Beethoven, Schubert, Franck, Satie and Milhaud.

From his Biography at Gidon

Among the world’s leading violinists, Gidon Kremer has perhaps pursued the most unconventional career. He was born on 27 February 1947 in Riga, Latvia, and began studying at the age of four with his father and grandfather, both distinguished string players. At the age of seven, he enrolled as a student at Riga Music School where he made rapid progress, and at sixteen he was awarded the First Prize of the Latvian Republic. Two years later he began his studies with David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory. Gidon Kremer went on to win a series of prestigious awards, including prizes in the 1967 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and 1969 Montreal International Music Competition and first prize in both the 1969 Paganini and 1970 Tchaikovsky International Competitions.

It was from this secure platform of study and success that Gidon Kremer launched his distinguished career. Over the past five decades he has established and sustained a worldwide reputation as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation. He has appeared on almost every major concert stage as recitalist and with the most celebrated orchestras of Europe and North America, and has worked with many of the greatest conductors of the past half century.

Gidon Kremer’s repertoire is unusually wide and strikingly varied. It encompasses the full span of classical and romantic masterworks for violin, together with music by such leading twentieth and twenty-first century composers as Berg, Henze and Stockhausen. He has also championed the work of living Russian and Eastern European composers and has performed many important new compositions by them, several of which have been dedicated to him. His name is closely associated with such composers as Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, Sofia Gubaidulina, Valentin Silvestrov, Luigi Nono, Edison Denisov, Aribert Reimann, Peteris Vasks, John Adams, Victor Kissine, Michael Nyman, Philip Glass, Leonid Desyatnikov and Astor Piazzolla, whose works he performs in ways that respect tradition while being fully alive to their freshness and originality. It is fair to say that no other soloist of comparable international stature has done more to promote the cause of contemporary composers and new music for violin.

An exceptionally prolific recording artist, Gidon Kremer has made over 120 albums. Many of these have received prestigious international awards and prizes in recognition of his exceptional interpretative insights. The artist’s list of awards includes, among many others, the Grand prix du Disque, the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, the Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis, the Bundesverdienstkreuz, the Premio dell’ Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the Triumph Prize 2000 (Moscow), the Unesco Prize in 2001, the Saeculum Glashütte Original MusikFestspielPreis from Dresden in 2007, the Rolf Schock Prize for the Musical Arts from Stockholm in 2008, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Istanbul Music Festival in 2010, and the Una Vita Nella Musica – Artur Rubinstein Prize from Venice in 2011. In 2016 Gidon Kremer has received a Praemium Imperiale prize that is widely considered to be the Nobel Prize of music.

Here is a listing of what’s being played at this concert:


17 August 1980, 20:00

Grosses Festspielhaus


ARVO PÄRT Die Brüder – Variationen für Violine und Klavier (Auftragswerk der Salzburger Festspiele; Uraufführung)

LUDWIG V. BEETHOVEN Zwölf Variationen F-Dur über das Thema Se vuol ballare aus der Oper Le Nozze di Figaro von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart für Klavier und Violine WoO 40

FRANZ SCHUBERT Fantasie für Klavier und Violine C-Dur op. post. 159 D 934

CÉSAR FRANCK Andantino quietoso für Violine mit Begleitung des Klaviers op. 6

ERIK SATIE Choses vues à droite et à gauche (sans lunettes)

DARIUS MILHAUD Cinéma-fantaisie d´après Le Boeuf sur le toit

A standout concert, with the Milhaud particularly on fire – may not constitute soothing Anti-Road Rage Wednesday music, but it makes for great listening.

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