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Shostakovich, Weinberg: Violin Sonatas / Blacher, Nemtsov

Album Summary

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for violin & piano no 3, Op. 37
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for violin & piano no 4, Op. 39
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 134
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Notes & Reviews:

The present program is a continuation of Jascha Nemtsov's exploration of the music of Shostakovich and his Jewish circle of friends featuring a trio of violin sonatas. The tragedy of Mieczyslaw Weinberg sadly continues posthumously, as his musical output remains largely unperformed and unrecorded. Weinberg was a close friend of Shostakovich, and the two composers often exchanged both ideas and admiration. The two highly original Weinberg sonatas included here provide tremendous contrast to Shostakovich's dark score. Nemtsov is joined by violinist Kolja Blacher in vivid emotionally charged readings, making this a stunningly beautiful and valuable addition to the recorded literature.

BBC Music Magazine
Composed in 1947, a year before the notorious Zhdanov condemnation of leading Soviet composers, Weinberg's works reflect an unsettling landscape manifested most obviously in the central section of the non-movement Fourth Sonata, the violin's fast and furious passage work fighting against brutal rhythmic patterns in the piano. Both Kolja Blacher and Jascha Nemstov are extremely persuasive advocates of the Weinberg, and their finely balanced recording makes one eager to hear them in the first two Sonatas.



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>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for violin & piano no 3, Op. 37
  • Performers: Kolja Blacher (Violin); Jascha Nemtsov (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusikstudio, SWR Stuttgart (02/20/2006-02/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for violin & piano no 4, Op. 39
  • Performers: Kolja Blacher (Violin); Jascha Nemtsov (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusikstudio, SWR Stuttgart (02/20/2006-02/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 134
  • Performers: Kolja Blacher (Violin); Jascha Nemtsov (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusikstudio, SWR Stuttgart (02/20/2006-02/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968