OUT NOW | Violinist Gidon Kremer Releases “Mieczysław Weinberg: Sonatas for Violin Solo”


The album was lately issued by ECM New Sequence on the event of Gidon Kremer’s seventy fifth birthday on February 27. This album additionally celebrates the 40-year collaboration between Kremer and ECM.

The items featured on the disc are Mieczysław Weinberg’s Sonatas for Solo Violin No. 1, 2, and three, written in 1964, 1967, and 1979, respectively. As described by ECM, these works are richly artistic and technically difficult for solo violin.

The primary two sonatas have been devoted to Soviet violinist Mikhail Fichtenholz and the third was in reminiscence of Mieczysław’s father Shmil Weinberg, who had been a composer and conductor on the Yiddish Theater.

Born in 1919, Mieczysław Weinberg studied on the Warsaw Conservatory which was then directed by Karol Szymanowski

In 1943, he traveled to Moscow on the suggestion of Shostakovich, who praised the rating of his first symphony. They turned shut pals and the influences of Shostakovich could be heard in these solo violin sonatas. 

Weinberg wrote prolifically, particularly through the Sixties and 70s when calls for for Socialist Realism started to dissipate. He penned 26 symphonies, 17 string quartets, six concertos, seven operas, 28 sonatas, over 200 songs, and 60 scores for movie, theater, and extra. 

For this album, Kremer performed on a 1641 Nicola Amati violin which, in response to him, “allowed nice stress and flexibility to be imparted to the notes of Weinberg.”

Recorded at Lockenhaus and Lithuania’s Studio Residence Palesius, this recording is Kremer’s third ECM launch that includes Weinberg’s music.

“I’m very happy that the world is slowly recognizing Mieczysław Weinberg as an essential composer,” Kremer mentioned within the press launch. “For me personally, the treasure trove of his compositions stays a continuing supply of enthusiasm and inspiration.”

To hearken to and buy the album, click on right here.


Born right into a musical household in Latvia in 1947, Kremer started violin enjoying at age 4. At 18, he studied with David Oistrakh on the Moscow Conservatory and his solo profession took off in his early 20s when he gained first prize at each the Paganini and Tchaikovsky Worldwide Competitions. 


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