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Wartime Consolations

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Label: Challenge Classics

Cat No: CC72680

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 22nd June 2015



Linus Roth (violin)
Jose Gallardo (piano)
Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn


Ruben Gazarian


Hartmann, Karl Amadeus

Concerto funebre

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Violin Sonata (Unfinished)

Weinberg, Mieczyslaw

Concertino for violin and string orchestra, op.42
Moldavian Rhapsody, op.47 no.3


Linus Roth (violin)
Jose Gallardo (piano)
Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn


Ruben Gazarian


Violinist Linus Roth's thoughtfully composed disc contains four works that span only a decade (1939-1948) by composers whose poetics have great affinities - Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Mieczyslaw Weinberg, and Dmitri Shostakovich. The latter's unfinished Sonata for Violin and Piano receives its world premiere here.

Shostakovich's Unfinished Sonata for Violin and Piano - the complete and massive double exposition of the first movement of what would have been a grand-scale work along strict classical lines - was composed in June of 1945. Manashir Lakubov writes in the introduction of the score (published by the Dmitri Shostakovich Archive in 2012) that the sonata-movement contains a particularly strong link to the Tenth Symphony.

The 'Concerto funebre' began life in a particularly dark period of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's. Freedom, indeed humanity, seemed under siege in the late summer of 1939. In this climate, Hartmann set out to write a funereal piece for string orchestra in one movement. Just a few months later it had morphed into the four-movement Violin Concerto - the profound and deeply personal 'Concerto funebre'.

Following his acclaimed Britten/Weinberg Violin Concertos release (CC72627), a Gramophone Editor's Choice, Linus Roth continues his survey of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's valuable violin output with two works: the Concertino for Violin and Strings, written during the composer's summer holidays in 1948, and, from around the same time, the Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes op.47. The lyrical sweep and tender gracefulness of the former are magnificent, offset by the (partially) upbeat and romantic disposition of the latter, reminiscent of the music of Aram Khachaturian.

Gramophone Editor's Choice

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