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Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996): Chamber works and works for orchestra & chamber orchestra / Gidon Kremer, violin

Album Summary

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for violin & piano no 3, Op. 37
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Trio for violin, viola & cello, Op. 48
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonatina for violin & piano in D major, Op. 46
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Concertino for violin & string orchestra, Op. 42
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Symphony no 10 in A minor, Op. 98
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, July 2014
Kremer and his associates deliver incisive, committed performances...a fascinating piece, performed here with great brilliance.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2014
Kremer himself opens his survey with a masterly account of the Sonata No. 3...The other three works...show the composer's more genial side. Kremer and his colleagues are in tune with that too...his interpretative daring and technical resources bring out qualities others miss and make each piece more urgently communicative than ever before.

The Guardian, 20th February 2014
There's one startingly impressive work here, the Third Sonata for unaccompanied violin from 1979, which Kremer delivers with the unswerving commitment and intensity he brings to everything he tackles, familiar or unfamiliar, and making his comparison of it with Bart=k's solo sonata not at all far-fetched.

The Times, 14th February 2014
Arrestingly varied stuff, ranging from late Romanticism to stringent neo-Classicism and passages of real anguish.

MusicWeb International, 2nd May 2014
Kremer's playing is superb as one would expect and shows complete understanding of the material by a violinist who has clearly lived with the work for some considerable time. The Kremerata Baltica is a fantastically impressive ensemble whose every fibre is strained to ensuring readings of the highest quality.

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 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 with the Kremerata Baltica, recorded in Neuhardenberg and Lockenhaus, makes a good case for that claim. Effectively a portrait album, it begins with Weinberg's extraordinary Violin Sonata No. 3, brilliantly performed by Gidon Kremer, and proceeds from chamber music works (the Sonatina op. 46, the Trio op. 48) to strikingly-contrasting compositions for string orchestra, the graceful Concertino op. 42 inspired by the late-romantic idiom, and the adventurous Symphony no 10, bringing 12-tone rows and chordal structure into unexpected juxtapositions.



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>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for violin & piano no 3, Op. 37
  • Performer: Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Gidon Kremer
  • Ensemble: Kremerate Baltica
  • Running Time: 22 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Trio for violin, viola & cello, Op. 48
  • Performers: Giedre Dirvanauskaite (Cello); Daniil Grishin (Viola); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonatina for violin & piano in D major, Op. 46
  • Performers: Gidon Kremer (Violin); Daniil Trifonov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Concertino for violin & string orchestra, Op. 42
  • Performer: Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Symphony no 10 in A minor, Op. 98
  • Performers: Giedre Dirvanauskaite (Cello); Daniil Grishin (Viola); Gidon Kremer (Violin); Danielis Rubinas (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1968