Gidon Kremer

Herbert Von Karajan is quoted as saying that Gidon Kremer was, for him, the greatest violinist he ever worked with. (Well, until Anne-Sophie Mutter arrived on the scene.)

I haven’t heard him a great deal but, although he can undoubtedly play with phenomenal skill, I’ve been dissatisfied with several of his performances.

There are many living violinists I’d rather hear, e.g. Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Frautschi, Rolf Schulte, Frank Peter Zimmerman, Giuliano Carmignola, Nicola Benedetti.

Kremer’s tone is too “wiry” for me, though I know he’s a fine musician.

On which note, Renée Fleming has just been touted – though probably not by her own publicity machine – as “voice of the century”, and we’re barely ten years into it!

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