Composers and Commissions

Composers and Commissions

Commissions, premieres, dedications, particular arrangements and Baltic music that enjoys a special relationship with Kremerata Baltica

Balakauskas, Osvaldas (1937)
Concerto variable for oboe, cembalo and string orchestra
Bartulis, Vidmantas (1954-2020)
"I like Schubert" for string orchestra
Barkauskas, Vytautas (1931-2020)
"Avanti" for string orchetra, op. 135
Beethoven, Ludwig Van (1770-1827)
Rondo e Capriccio op. 129 (version for violin and strings by V. Kissine)
Brauns, Mārtiņš (1952-2021)
"Valsis" (Waltz) for string orchestra
Brege, Ilona (1959)
Riga concerto; Riga concerto ll
Chaplin, Charlie (1889-1977)
"Smile" from the movie "Modern times" (arr. for violin and string orchestra by C. Ogerman and A. Pushkarev)
Corea, Chick (1941)
La Fiesta (arr. for two cellos, string orchestra and and percussion by A. Pushkarev)
Corrette, Michel (1707-1795)
"Laudate Dominum (Psaume 148)" after "Spring" by Vivaldi (arr. for string orchestra and flute by A. Pushkarev)
Dambis, Pauls (1936)
"Episodi e Canto" for violin, cello, chamber choir and string orchestra
Darzins, Emils (1875-1910)
Valse melancholique (arr. A. Pushkarev)
Desenne, Paul (1959)
Gran cacerolaʓo
Desyatnikov, Leonid (1955)
Wie der alte Leiermann; Russian seasons; The leaden echo; Sarabande e-moll from J. S. Bach partita No. 6 BWV 830; Music fragments from the Aleksandr Zeldovich movie "The Target" (Vivaldis january, cadenza, on the races, Tannhaüser, foxtrot)

"Kremerata Baltica - a unique, democratic, community of musicians, carefully fostered by Gidon Kremer. I am creatively linked to this orchestra not only through a significant part of my compositions, but with the most vivid impressions of the last decade as an audience member! Their inherent elegance, flexibility, wit and boundless capacity for work allow them to skilfully manoeuvre within their vast repertoire, much of which is music written specifically for Kremerata. I take great pleasure in knowing that I too have contributed a drop of honey to this incredibly industrious hive! I very much hope that our friendship, our cooperation will continue."

– Leonid Desyatnikov

Dunayevsky, Isaak (1900-1955)
Overture of the movie "The Children of Captain Grant" (arr. A. Pushkarev); "Fantasy Circus" after the film music for violin and string orchestra (arr. S. Dreznin)
Dvarionas, Balys (1904-1972)
Prie eʓerelio
Dzenītis, Andris (1978)
"Leaves leaving Leipzig" for violin and strings
Glass, Philip (1937)
"Orphee Suite" for violin, vibraphone and strings (arr. by A. Pushkarev and P. Barnes)
Gubaidulina, Sofia (1931)
"Die Leier des Orpheus" for violin, percussion and string orchestra, "Reflections on the theme B-A-C-H" for string quartet (arr. for string orchestra by Kremerata Baltica)
Jančevskis, Jēkabs (1992)
"Lignum" for string orchestra
Kakhidze, Vato (1959)
"Blitʓ Fantasy" for violin, keyboard, string orchestra, voice and percussion
Kalējs, Aivars (1951)
"Agnus dei" for mixed choir and chamber orchestra
Kalniņs, Imants (1941)
Jau ,ʓiediem rotātas pļavas (Blooming meadows) (arr. for choir, piano, and string orchestra by Ingmars Zemzaris)
Kalsons, Romualds (1936)
Hendeliana Concerto grosso No. 2
Kancheli, Giya (1935-2019)
Little Daneliada; Rag-Gidon-time; Silent Prayer; Twilight; V&V; Valse Boston; Concert Childhood revisited; "Ex contrario" for two violins, keyboard, bass guitar, performance CD and string orchestra; Bridges to Bach; Chiaroscuro

"The phenomenon of Gidon Kremer covers an immense space. Being a great musician Gidon also combines the qualities of an innovator, playwright, director, and even manager. Inexhaustible ideas are sometimes embodied in concert-performances, reminiscent of the shape of brilliant drama. There is an on-going quest to update the repertoire which usually ends up with another success, and therein begins the design phase of another new idea.

Embodiment of the above would have been unthinkable without the establishment of Gidon's offspring, the Kremerata Baltica, which, in my opinion, is a significant event in the world of the performing arts. Throughout the almost 20 years of its existence, the orchestra has not only improved its skills, but defying time, has remained, as well as its creator, forever young. In addition to selfless service to the great classical heritage, it is particularly worth noting the role of Gidon Kremer in the creative destiny of contemporary composers. His support has enhanced the world of music by introducing and promoting composers whose names now enrich philharmonic life.

Personally, Gidon Kremer's interest in my work was a turning point, a milestone, in my life. Any words we address to a person of high renown are by their nature, inappropriate and pretentious. I am grateful that our partnership has grown into a friendship, and continues to this day. I am happy that the lion's share of my work is written for and dedicated to Gidon.

All my best wishes, here's to a long life to you, my dear Kremeratini and dearest Gidon."

– Giya Kancheli

Karlsons, Juris (1948)
Vakara Lūgšana (Vespers) for strings
Kissine, Victor (1953)
Barcarolla; Aria from J. S. Bach Goldberg Variations BWV 988; Fruhlingstraum
Knaifel, Alexander (1943)
This child
Komarova, Tatjana (1968)
Concerto for viola, cello, string orchestra and percussion
Liszt, Franz (1811-1886)
Concert Fantasy "Apres une lecture du Dante" (arr. for violin and string orchestra by S. Dreznin)
Līce, Vineta (1955)
"Before dawn" for octet and boy's voice
Martinaitis, Algirdas (1950)
La Verna
Maskats, Arturs (1957)
"Concerto grosso" for violin, cello and string orchestra No. 1; "Salve Regina" for mezzo soprano, cello and string orchestra; "Midnight in Riga" for violin, violoncello, vibraphone and strings; “The Summer Dreams” for mezzo soprano, violin, percussion and strings with lyrics by Emily Dickinson (international collaboration between Kremerata Baltica Orchestra and the Swedish ensemble O / Modernt)

"For all these years, I have associated Gidon Kremer and "the apple of his eye", Kremerata Baltica, with friendship, service to music and the pursuit of the creative spirit in the best sense of the word. They are like a family where true companionship, intelligence, and a particular understanding of the beauty and fragility of life prevail. I am deeply grateful to fate for the moments that I as a composer have had the pleasure of spending with this fantastically beautiful ensemble. Let the future years be creatively bright and sonorous, let your hearts and hands not tire!"

– Arturs Maskats 

Mendelssohn, Vladimir (1949-2021)
Don Aldebarran tango; Silk road and Bolero
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791)
Double Concerto KV299 (version for piano, violin and chamber orchestra by V. Kissine)
Mussorgsky Modest (1839-1881)
"Pictures at an Exhibition" (arr. for strings and percussion by A. Pushkarev based on version for strings by J. Cohen)
Osokins, Georgijs (1995)
Auf dem Flusse
Pärt, Arvo (1935)
Darf ich...; Cantus in memoriam of Benjamin Brittem; Fratres; Mein weg; Orient and Occident; Pari intervalo, Trisagion; Passacaglia; Psalom; Silouans song; Tabula rasa; Collage over B-A-C-H; Symphony No. 4 Los Angeles; Für Lennart in memoriam

My sincerest congratulations to the Kremerata "children" who have now achieved creative maturity and excellence! And for their dear Maestro, "Papa" Kremerata, my deepest respect and gratitude for the innumerable good deeds he has performed for me and my colleagues. I can now confess to Gidon that in 1977, with his interpretation of Tabula Rasa, he revealed my own music to me, and for that I am eternally grateful! 

Wishing you a long and prosperous life!

– Arvo Pärt

Pelēcis, Georgs (1947)
Un souvenir d' Orpheus; Meeting with the friend; Some pages of a biography; Last song; All in the past; Buena Riga; Persuasion (Neverthless), Blossoming Jasmine; Revelation; Canonical overture 55+5 for violin, 22 strings and recording; Astor Piazzolla, Oskar Strock and Me; Unhappy love; Aria from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 for BACH XXI: Art of Instrumentation; Lilac Garden; Janus; The Last Song for violin and strings
Petersons, Kristaps (1982)
"Chess" for string orchestra and percussion
Piazzolla, Astor (1921-1992)
"Quattro stagioni of Buenos Aires" for violin and string orchestra (arr. by L. Desiatnikov); "Celos" (arr. by A. Pushkarev); "Concerto del Angelo" (arr. by R. Gupta); "Escualo" (arr. by P. A. Glorvigen), "Fuga y misterio" (arr. by A. Pushkarev), "Libertango" (arr. by A. Pushkarev), "Suite Punta del Este" (arr. by A. Pushkarev), "Tango Balett" (arr. by L. Desiatnikov), "Le Grand Tango" (arr. for violin and strings by A. Pushkarev)
Plakidis, Pēteris (1947)
"Pasticio a la Rossini" for violoncello and strings, "Musica Jubilata" for violin and strings
Poleva, Victoria (1962)
Circle; Warm wind; Prelude and Fugue in F-sharp minor, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 883 - for BACH XXI: Art of Instrumentation
Presley, Elvis (1935-1977)
Love me tender (arr. for violin and orchestra by A. Pushkarev)
Raskatov, Aleksander (1953)
4 minutes from the life of W.A.M.; Blissful music; The Seasons Digest; Traumpendel schwingend...; Prelude and Fugue from J. S. Bach Well tempered clavier No. 6 d-minor BWV 851 - for BACH XXI: Art of Instrumentation; Schubert - Idillio
Riše, Indra (1961)
"Pavasars, pavasars...", concerto grosso for violin, marimba, piano and string orchestra
Schnittke, Alfred (1934-1998)
Polka for string quartet (arr. for violin and string orchestra by S. Dreznin)
Schubert, Franz (1797-1828)
Five minuets and six trios for string quartet D89; Valse-caprice (arr. by F. Liszt, D. Oistrakh, G. Pelecis); Sonatina for violin and piano a-moll D385 (arr. for violin and string orchestra by M. Zinman and A. Pushkarev); Phantasy in C for violin and strings (arr. by V. Kissine)
Schulhof, Erwin (1894-1942)
Schumann, Robert (1810-1856)
"Abendlied" for piano, four hands op. 85 No. 12; Six fugues on B-A-C-H op. 60 for organ or pedal flugel
Sharlat, Yevgeniy (1977)
Capriccio for four violins and string orchestra
Shchedrin, Rodion (1932)
"Parabola concertante" for cello, string orchestra and timpani
Shostakovich, Dmitri (1906-1975)
Quartet No. 7 op. 108 (arr. for string orchestra by A. Raskatov); Sonata for viola and piano C-Dur op. 147 (arr. for viola and string orchestra by V. Mendelssohn); Sonata for violin and piano G-Dur op. 134 (arr. for violin, string orchestra and percussion by M. Zinman and A. Pushkarev); Four Verses of Captain Lebyadkin to texts by Dostoevsky for bass and piano op. 146 (arr. for bass and string orchestra)
Strock, Oskar (1892-1976)
"All in the past" for violin and string orchestra (arr. by G. Pelecis), "Dream" for violin and string orchestra (arr. by Georgs Pelecis), "Pas de trois" for violin and string orchestra (arr. by Georgs Pelecis)
Sumera, Lepo (1950-2000)
Symphone for string orchestra and percussion
Šenderovas, Anatolijus (1945)
Song of Sulamith
Šerkšnyte, Raminta (1975)
De profundis, Midsummer song, Prelude and Fugue in A minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 889-for BACH XXI: Art of Instrumentation; Winternacht

"Thank you very much for your unique Baltic voice, for your continuous support of modern composers and for your belief in the power of music!"

– Raminta Šerkšnyte

Tabakova, Dobrinka (1980)
"Sun tryptich" for violin, cello and string orchestra
Tamulionis, Jonas (1949)
Toccata diavolesca
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich (1840-1893)
Serenade melancolique for violin and strings (by L. Desyantikov)
Tikmayer, Stevan Kovac (1963)
Eight hymns in memoriam Andrei Tarkovsky; East-west soundscapes; Variations on the theme of J. S. Bach "Lasset uns den nicht ʓerteilen"; "Canonic Invocations" (Monumentum per Haydn); "After Gould" Goldberg Variations No. 30, 4, 18 & 26 with three Intermezzi by Arnold Schoenberg for violin and string orchestra
Tüür, Erkki-Sven (1967)
"Action, Passion, Illusion" for string orchestra
Umebayashi, Shigeru (1951)
"The Japanese Four Seasons" for violin, strings and percussion
Vasks, Pēteris (1946)
"Musica dolorosa"; "Meditation"; "Musica appasionata"; Concert "Tālā gaisma" ("Distant Light"), Symphony "Balsis", "Epifania", "Freezing Cascade" for violin, viola, clarinet and piano

"In the summer of 1996, Riga was dizzy with flowering linden. Latvia, the Baltics, were shimmering in summer light when Gidon invited me to compose a piece for Kremerata Baltica. A year later, when the linden was blossoming in Lockenhaus and Salzburg, the world premiere of Distant Light was heard. When Riga again was dizzied by linden blossoms, and the Baltics in summer light, a lonely angel flew over the Riga Dom, lightly brushing it with its soothing and protective wing. Often stars born in Riga don't return. Gidon returns. And now for almost 20 years we have had Kremerata Baltica. I wish them strength and love in their quest to bring joy to the world!"

– Pēteris Vasks

Vine, Carl (1954)
Slow Movement, from Cembalo Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056 - for BACH XXI: Art of Instrumentation
Wagner, Richard (1813-1883)
Tristan and Isolde overture/version for strings by Sebastian Guertler
Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996)
Music from the cartoon "Bonifatsy's Holidays" (arr. by A. Push-karev); Music from the cartoon "Winnie Pooh" for string quintet, vibraphone and tape (arr. by A. Pushkarev); Piano Quintet op. 18 (arr. for piano, strings and percussion by A. Pushkarev)
Vustin, Alexander (1943-2020)
Prelude and Fugue in D minor, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 851- for BACH XXI: Art of Instrumentation; Pour Gidon
Zariņš, Marģeris (1910-1993)
"Concerto lnnocente" for organ and orchestra
Zemzaris, Imants (1951)
Meteņa uvertīra (Shrovetide Overture) for two flutes, strings and harpsichord
Zemzaris, Ingmars (1973)
Cantata "Nisi Dominus" for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, choir and string orchestra
Žlabys, Andrius (1977)
Quarter = 87 for violin and strings; "Kaleidoscope of the Lost Time" for violin and strings