Accentus Music wins ICMA 2020 Documentary Category

The DVD with Paul Smaczny’s film “Gidon Kremer – Finding Your Own Voice” and a very special Weinberg performance is “Best Video Documentary”.

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The jury states: “Paul Smaczny’s film about the Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, certainly one of the most unconventional and exciting musicians of our time, accompanies the violinist on tour and looks back on important moments of his life. Smaczny explores the musician’s many artistic, intellectual and emotional facets with great empathy and deep understanding for an artist with an exceptional sense of mission and moral responsibility. In addition to the incredibly enriching documentary film, the DVD also includes a recording of a concert at Moscow’s Gogol Centre, with Gidon Kremer playing Weinberg’s 24 Preludes, originally for cello, arranged by Kremer for violin.”

That art is not an end in itself, but is associated with a mission, a moral obligation, is evident in the artistic endeavor of Gidon Kremer. In his playing, the violinist has never stopped searching for truths hidden within the depth and beauty of music. “Gidon Kremer – Finding Your Own Voice” is a calm, thoughtful film about a great intellectual whose ethos, as a mediator of such truths, is alien to any form of self-aggrandizement.

The DVD also includes a concert recording from the Gogol Center in Moscow, “Preludes to a Lost Time”, the 24 Preludes op. 100 by Mieczysław Weinberg, which Gidon Kremer adapted for violin. Kremer performs them to projections of black-and-white images of Lithuanian photographer Antanas Sutkus, thereby visually emphasizing the narrative power of the music.

ACC20414 – DVD
EAN: 4260234831900

Production Company Accentus Music GmbH
Coproduction Company ZDF/Arte
Director Paul Smaczny
Soloist Gidon Kremer



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