Today's Classical Music Video

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Kremer and Argerich Play Fritz Kreisler

Some joyous and charming music-making from an unlikely source! Violinist Gidon Kremer and pianist Martha Argerich are universally recognized as two of the most gifted and unique artists of their generation. They established themselves early in their careers on the concerto and recital circuits then decided to go their own ways. They still play concertos and recitals on occasion but much prefer to play chamber music - in Argerich's case - or explore new repertoire in Kremer's case. Both artists continue to surprise us.
But here they are together playing one of those delightful miniatures that Kreisler wrote for his own use as a violin soloist: Schon Rosmarin. Argerich gets no chance to display her legendary virtuosity but I am sure she didn't care one bit. This piece is one of those gems that violinists love to play and that audiences love to hear. And to make music with an old friend and colleague would have been satisfaction enough for Argerich.

Paul E. Robinson

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