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Weinberg Chamber Symphonies/ Piano Quintet 2cd

Gidon Kremer
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 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 Gra?inyte-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 Gra?inyte-Tyla (conductor)

(Ecm) 002894814604

Track Listing Extract:
Chamber Symphony No. 3, Op. 151
Chamber Symphony No. 2 for string orchestra & timpani, Op. 147
Chamber Symphony No. 1 for string orchestra, Op. 145
Quintet for pianoforte, two violins, viola & cello in F minor Op. 18 (1944)
Chamber Symphony No. 4 for string orchestra & clarinet, Op. 153

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