This week on The New Canon, we hear recordings of works by Arne Nordheim and Henryk Górecki, as well as a new album by Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica that features orchestrations of works by J.S. Bach famously interpreted by Glenn Gould.
This week, two of our featured albums pay homage to masters who came before. Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra's world premiere recording uses Glenn Gould's interpretations of J.S. Bach as inspiration to create a modern take on the composer's works. Valentin Silvestrov contributes Dedication to J.S.B., in which quotes from Bach are filtered through the Ukrainian composer's own minimalist sensibilities.
On their new recording "Górecki: Miserere", conductor Grant Gershon and The Los Angeles Master Chorale pay homage to the late Henryk Górecki with several of the Polish master's choral works, including Piesni Maryjne (Marian Songs), Op. 54 which here receives its first recording on a major record label.
Writing a cello concerto can be one of the most rewarding challenges to tackle, as evidenced by composers like Edward Elgar and Antonin Dvorak who contributed some of their finest work for the medium. Our album of the week takes a look at how three Nordic composers take on the challenge. Cellist Jakob Kullberg, conductor Szymon Bywalec and the New Music Orchestra lend their talents to the world premiere recording of a new orchestration of Arne Nordheim's Tenebrae.