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Gidon Kremer
Kremerata Baltica
Mieczysław Weinberg

Gidon Kremer violin, concertmaster
Kremerata Baltica
Daniil Trifonov piano
Daniil Grishin viola
Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė violoncello
Danielis Rubinas double bass
 
CD 1
Sonata No. 3 op. 126 (1979)
Trio op. 48 (1950)
Sonatina op. 46 (1949)

CD 2
Concertino op. 42 (1948)
Symphony No. 10 op. 98 (1968)


Recorded November 2012 and July 2013

ECM New Series 2368-69
 
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The music of Mieczysław 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, bringing12-tone rows and chordal structure into unexpected juxtapositions.