The film includes rare archival footage and tells in a very personal way of Gidon Kremer's encounters with Johan Sebastian Bach's music, accompanying the famous violin virtuoso in rehearsals, recording sessions and discussions with a few trusted confidants.
An all Bartók programme featuring one of the leading violinists - Gidon Kremer - and one of the world's leading viola players - Yuri Bashmet. The Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Pierre Boulez, conclude this concert with the The Miraculous Mandarin, a work composed in 1918-1919. By the time it was premiered, the score caused a scandal due to the eroticism of its argument.
Distinguished Latvian conductor and violinist Gidon Kremer plays live in Salzburg, Austria, with the Kremerata Baltica, a chamber orchestra he founded whose members hail from Latvia and other Baltic states. Filmed in 2002, this concert features performances of Franz Schubert's String Quartet in C Major, Alfred Schnittke's Still Musick for Violin and Violoncello, Miklós Rózsa's Tema con Variazioni and other selections.