Weinberg - Chamber Symphonies 2 & 4 | Naxos 8574210

Weinberg - Chamber Symphonies 2 & 4


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574210

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 10th September 2021



Symphonic thinking dominated Mieczysław Weinberg’s final decade, and these chamber symphonies are part of an interrelated sequence that reworks and cites earlier pieces. The Second Chamber Symphony draws on a string quartet from 1944, reflecting the sombre and fatalistic tone of the period. The Fourth Chamber Symphony was Weinberg’s last completed work, and uses a haunting chorale melody that he once referred to as a constant presence throughout his creativity. Weinberg’s First and Third Chamber Symphonies (8574063) ‘blossom in vividly colourful performances’ (Pizzicato).

The East-West Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2015 as the residence orchestra at the Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival. Weinberg’s Chamber Symphonies nos. 1 and 3 was their debut recording (8574063), and both recordings have been made in Minsk, Belarus, where Weinberg completed his musical studies after escaping from the Warsaw Holocaust.

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