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Weinberg: Chamber Symphonies & Piano Quintet / Kremer, Kremerata Baltica


Release Date: 01/27/2017 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 002611702   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Performer:  Gidon KremerAndrei PushkarevSanta VizineYulianna Avdeeva,   ... 
Conductor:  Gidon KremerMirga Grazinyte-Tyla
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Number of Discs: 2 
Length: 2 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This double album includes all four of the chamber symphonies written in the last decade of Polish-born Soviet composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s life, plus a beautiful new arrangement – by Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica percussionist Andrey Pushkarev – of the early Piano Quintet of 1944, heard here in a premiere recording. It is a recording which underlines the importance and originality of Weinberg’s music. For Gidon Kremer, “Weinberg has become a source of unlimited inspiration. No other composer has entered my own and Kremerata Baltica’s repertoire and programme concepts with such intensity.” Weinberg’s chamber symphonies are Kremer says, “the most personal reflections of a great composer on his own life and his generation, like a diary Read more of the most dramatic period of the 20th century”. This new recording – the second Kremerata Baltica album dedicated to Weinberg – is, Kremer feels, “the most valuable landmark in the orchestra’s discography since its birth”. Recorded in Vienna and in Riga in June 2015, it marks the conducting debut on ECM of the CBSO's new music director Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla. The set is released in time for a major tour celebrating both Kremerata Baltica’s 20th anniversary and leader Gidon Kremer’s 70th birthday. The CD booklet includes liner notes by Weinberg biographer David Fanning, as well as a personal recollection of the composer by Alexander Raskatov. Personnel: Kremerata Baltica, Gidon Kremer (violin/director), Yulianna Avdeeva (piano), Mate Bekavec (clarinet), Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla (conductor) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Chamber Symphony no 3, Op. 151 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; Poland 
Length: 33 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2.
Chamber Symphony no 2, Op. 147 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin), Andrei Pushkarev (Timpani)
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USSR 
Length: 22 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Chamber Symphony no 1, Op. 145 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Moscow 
Length: 22 Minutes 38 Secs. 
4.
Quintet for Piano and Strings, Op. 18 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Performer:  Santa Vizine (Viola), Yulianna Avdeeva (Piano), Dzeraldas Bidva (Violin),
Giedre Dirvanauskaite (Cello), Andrei Pushkarev (Percussion), Dainius Puodziukas (Violin)
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
Length: 43 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Chamber Symphony no 4, Op. 153 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Performer:  Andrei Pushkarev (Triangle)
Conductor:  Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; Moscow 
Length: 8 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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