Weinberg: Chamber Music

Weinberg: Chamber Music

Gidon Kremer, Giedre Dirvanauskaite, Yulianna Avdeeva

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One of classical music's most renowned and respected figures, the Latvian virtuoso Gidon Kremer (who studied with the great David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory) excels as soloist, chamber performer or artistic director of Kremerata Baltica (a chamber orchestra he founded in 1997). You can hear him bring an unfailing intelligence, questing spirit and heaps of personality to all three roles on an exceptionally stimulating ECM anthology gathering live recordings from 2012 and 2013 of five hugely rewarding works by the prolific Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996). Especially gripping here is Kremer's pungently characterised and blazingly committed outing for the meaty 1978 Sonata (Weinberg's third for the solo instrument), while the Tenth Symphony (written for Rudolf Barshai ten years earlier) emerges as a hair-raisingly intense, gritty and exploratory masterpiece for string orchestra. The more genial Violin Sonatina, incidentally, features an early appearance on disc of future star Daniil Trifonov. read more

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