Weinberg - Orchestral & Chamber Works | ECM New Series 4810669

Weinberg - Orchestral & Chamber Works

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Label: ECM New Series

Cat No: 4810669

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 10th February 2014

Contents

Artists

Gidon Kremer (violin)
Daniil Grishin (viola)
Giedre Dirvanauskaite (cello)
Daniil Trifonov (piano)
Kremerata Baltica

Conductor

Gidon Kremer

Works

Weinberg, Mieczyslaw

Concertino for violin and string orchestra, op.42
Sonata for solo violin no.3, op.126
Sonatina in D major, op.46
String Trio, op.48
Symphony no.10 in A minor, op.98

Artists

Gidon Kremer (violin)
Daniil Grishin (viola)
Giedre Dirvanauskaite (cello)
Daniil Trifonov (piano)
Kremerata Baltica

Conductor

Gidon Kremer

About

The music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg is finally beginning to get the hearing it has long deserved. Weinberg’s lifetime spanned the 20th century: born 1919 in Warsaw, he died in 1996 in Moscow, in semi-obscurity. Along the way his allies and supporters had included Dmitri Shostakovich, who considered him one of the great composers of the age. This double album by violinist Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica, recorded in Neuhardenberg and Lockenhaus, makes an excellent case for that claim.

Effectively a portrait album, it opens with one of Weinberg’s most remarkable creations, the extraordinary and complex third violin sonata of 1978 brilliantly performed by Gidon Kremer. The violinist ranks this work alongside Bartók’s 'Sonata for Solo Violin' as one of the masterpieces for the instrument.

With friends (including star pianist Daniil Trifonov) he explores some of Weinberg's chamber music - the Trio op.48 (composed 1950) and the Sonatina op.46 (1949) - and the commitment and skills of the Kremerata musicians are brought to bear on two strikingly-contrasting compositions for string orchestra, the graceful and lyrical Concertino op.42 (1948) and the adventurous and gripping Symphony No.10 (1968), bringing 12-tone rows and chordal structure into unexpected juxtapositions.

Latvian-born master violinist Gidon Kremer founded Kremerata Baltica in 1997 to foster outstanding young musicians from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, the three Baltic States.

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