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Weinberg: Solo Sonatas for Violin Nos. 1-3 / Roth

Release Date: 11/11/2016 
Label:  Challenge   Catalog #: 72688   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dmitri ShostakovichMieczyslaw Weinberg
Performer:  Linus RothJosé Gallardo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Just a decade ago the name "Mieczyslaw Weinberg" drew a blank from music lovers. If you went into a record store you either didn't find a dedicated index card with his name on it, or else five differently spelled ones. Weinberg's music and its surge to a more general acknowledgment is the surest sign that there are still unearthed geniuses among composers out there, whose unearthing can enrich our musical diet and change our perception of the musical past. This disc continues Linus Roth's discovery and exploration of Weinberg, which started with learning about, reading, playing and recording the Sonatas for Violin and Piano and has most recently led to his initiating the International Mieczys?aw Weinberg Society. He has since Read more recorded Weinberg's works for violin and orchestra; here he is back with chamber music: Weinberg's three unaccompanied violin sonatas, whose dates of composition are 1964, 1967 and 1978. This last Third Sonata, op.123, is the most challenging and important: somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes long, it provides challenges all of its own. Apart from its share of technical challenges, its one-movement structure asks for continuous play. This sonata is dedicated to the memory of his father Shmuil Weinberg, who was a composer and conductor at the Yiddish theater in Kishinev. Given that Weinberg knew, that his father had been murdered in the Holocaust, the sonata isn't easy listening. It is a challenge for performers and listeners alike: it demands and deserves dedication on the part of the listener, whom it rewards eventually by revealing a surprising, raw tenderness behind the veneer of thorns. Read less

Works on This Recording

Fantastic Dances (3) for Piano, Op. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Linus Roth (Violin), José Gallardo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USSR 
Venue:  Motormusic Studios Mechelen, Belgium 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Sonata for Violin solo no 1, Op. 82 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Performer:  Linus Roth (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus Kirche Berlin-Dahlem, Ger 
Length: 24 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Sonata for violin No. 2, Op. 95 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Performer:  Linus Roth (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus Kirche Berlin-Dahlem, Ger 
Length: 15 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Sonata for violin & piano No. 3, Op. 126 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Performer:  Linus Roth (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus Kirche Berlin-Dahlem, Ger 
Length: 27 Minutes 10 Secs. 

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