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  • Performer: Daniil Grishin, Giedre Dirvanauskaite, Daniil Trifonov
  • Composer: Mieczyslaw Weinberg
  • Audio CD (10 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • ASIN: B00GY6Z3LA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sonate Nr. 3 (op. 126)
  2. Trio op. 48, Allegro con moto
  3. Andante
  4. Moderato assai
  5. Sonatine op. 46, Allegretto
  6. Lento
  7. Allegro moderato

Disc: 2

  1. Concertino (op. 42)
  2. Symphonie Nr. 10 (op. 98), Concerto grosso. Grave
  3. Pastorale. Lento
  4. Canzona. Andantino
  5. Burlesque. Allegro molto
  6. Inversion. L istesso tempo

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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 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 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. Their other ECM recordings are Hymns and Prayers with works by Tickmayer, Franck and Kancheli; a pairing of the adagio of Mahler's unfinished Symphony No 10 and the 14th Symphony of Shostakovich; Schubert's G Major String Quartet orchestrated by Victor Kissine; Gubaidulina's Lyre of Orpheus; Kancheli's In l'istesso tempo; Kissine's Between Two Waves, and, in the Edition Lockenhaus box set, Messiaen's Trois petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine and Strauss's Metamorphosen.

Personnel: Kremerata Baltica, Gidon Kremer (violin & director), Daniil Grishin (viola), Giedre Dirvanauskaite (cello), Daniil Trifonov (piano)


I can't recommend the new issue too highly. Kremer brings not just his unmistakable wiry sound quality to bear but also a sheer force of musical personality that brings the music off the page in a way that only the greatest Weinberg recordings do. --Gramophone (Editor's Choice), (David Fanning), April 2014

(5 stars) Kremer and his associates deliver incisive, committed performances...a fascinating piece, performed here with great brilliance. --BBC Music Magazine, (Erik Levi), July 2014

(5 stars) The third Sonata immediately grasps the listener by the throat. Chamber works and a moving Concertino also make a very strong impression; but the key work here is the little-heard tenth symphony, both intensely moving and tightly organised. Hugely recommended. --Classical Music, (Guy Weatherall), March 2014

(4 stars) Kremer's excellent Kremerata Baltica and fine soloists explore Weinberg's chamber music and powerful Symphony No 10 - arrestingly varied stuff, ranging from late Romanticism to stringent neo-Classicism and passages of real anguish. --The Times, (Richard Morrison), February 15, 2014

(4 stars) The gripping solo sonata is a real discovery, and Gidon Kremer regards it as worth a 20th-century place alongside Bartók's towering solo sonata. He certainly handles the work with that level of conviction. --The Irish Times, (Michael Dervan), February 28, 2014

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As the excellent and detailed notes point out, Weinberg experienced tragedy that must have crushed the spirit of all but the strongest minds, yet his music, though often troubled, seems less afflicted by bitterness and despair than that of his great contemporary. Perhaps for that reason it takes a while to enter his world, and may explain his relative neglect so far. Some of the pieces are deliberately light hearted, whistling in the dark perhaps, though expertly crafted. There are deeper rewards too. The 10th symphony is the most intense of his I have heard, though they are all interesting. All the performances are admirable, and in the symphony astonishing.
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Beautifully played, beautifully recorded twaddle.
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HASH(0x8bfd6bac) out of 5 stars This is a fantastic album for the music and the performances alike 18 Dec. 2014
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This is a fantastic album for the music and the performances alike. The music is not all alike in terms of content and the forces required, ranging from solo violin to full string orchestra, and the order of pieces on the two discs make for nonstop interest. I have been following releases of Weinberg's music for some time, and have not been in love with everything he wrote. I've found some real keepers however, and this album is all keepers, mostly new to me as well, which was an added bonus. I know the Concertino from a good recent recording by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, but the version here is even better - it is somehow more sharply focused and characterized.

Besides all of the above, if someone were to ask what great string playing sounds like, this album could serve as an answer.
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HASH(0x8bfd6c0c) out of 5 stars Spellbinding 17 Mar. 2015
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The violin sonata No 3 is a masterpiece, played by a master.
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HASH(0x8c7896d8) out of 5 stars A Fine CD 13 July 2014
By Dr. J. J. Kregarman - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent music well played in excellent sound. First rates Weinberg.
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