Warsaw Philharmonic

Weinberg: Violin Concerto & Symphony No. 4

CD
24 Nov 2014

Barcode: 0825646224838

Other participants: Ilya Gringolts, Jacek Kaspszyk, Warsaw Philharmonic

The music of 20th-century Polish composers from Witold Lutoslawski to Henryk Górecki holds a special place in the Warsaw Philharmonic’s heritage, alongside its critically acclaimed performances of the great orchestral classics. The musicians now bring their expertise in this repertoire to the music of their countryman Mieczysław Weinberg, who relocated to the Soviet Union in 1939 and escaped persecution in his homeland, but lost most of his family in the Holocaust. Only in recent years has he been hailed as the most significant Soviet composer after Shostakovich and Prokofiev. Although Weinberg’s music bears traces of the acerbic wit, melancholy and grotesquery associated with Shostakovich, his lively, neoclassical idiom remains accessible in the manner of film music. The Symphony No. 4 in A Minor (1957, rev. 1961) is rich in dance rhythms and folk melodies. The renowned Russian virtuoso Ilya Gringolts is soloist in Weinberg’s dramatically charged Violin Concerto (1959).

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Violin Concerto in G Minor op. 67, I. Allegro molto  - Ilya Gringolts 
02 Weinberg: Violin Concerto G Minor op. 67, II. Allegretto  - Warsaw Philharmonic, Ilya Gringolts, Jacek Kaspszyk 
03 Weinberg: Violin Concerto G Minor op. 67, III. Adagio  - Warsaw Philharmonic, Ilya Gringolts, Jacek Kaspszyk 
04 Weinberg: Violin Concerto G Minor op. 67, IV. Allegro risoluto  - Warsaw Philharmonic, Ilya Gringolts, Jacek Kaspszyk 
05 Weinberg: IV Symphony A Minor op. 61, I. Allegro  - Warsaw Philharmonic, Ilya Gringolts, Jacek Kaspszyk 
06 Weinberg: IV Symphony A Minor op. 61, II. Allegretto  - Warsaw Philharmonic, Ilya Gringolts, Jacek Kaspszyk 
07 Weinberg: IV Symphony A Minor op. 61, III. Adagio Andantino  - Warsaw Philharmonic, Ilya Gringolts, Jacek Kaspszyk 
08 Weinberg: IV Symphony A Minor op. 61, IV. Vivace  - Warsaw Philharmonic, Ilya Gringolts, Jacek Kaspszyk 


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