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Gidon Kremer releases live recording of Mieczysław Weinberg’s Violin Concerto on CD

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Mieczysław Weinberg’s Violin Concerto op. 67 is already more than sixty years old, but only over recent years has it attracted the more intense, indeed enthusiastic, attention it merits.

The Russian violinist Leonid Kogan, to whom the fascinating work was also dedicated, premiered the Violin Concerto on 12 February 1961 in Moscow with the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under Gennady Rozhdestvensky’s baton. Consisting four movements, the solo concerto draws on symphonic structures. 

One of Weinberg’s greatest and best-known advocates is the Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer. The founder and director of the Kremerata Baltica has played Weinberg’s chamber music, including the distinctive violin sonatas and the Sonata for Two Violins, many times, and most recently Weinberg’s 24 Cello Preludes op. 100 in his own version for solo violin.

A live recording of Weinberg’s Violin Concerto, completed in 1959, was released by the Gewandhaus Leipzig last year, together with a production of the Sonata for Two Violins, on the Accentus Music label. In February 2020, Kremer performed Weinberg’s Violin Concerto op. 67 with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under the musical direction of Daniele Gatti as part of a concert series celebrating the occasion of the composer’s 100th birthday at the Gewandhaus. 

Mieczysław Weinberg'
Violin Concerto & Sonata for Two Violins
Gidon Kremer, Madara Petersone (viol.)
Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig; Conductor: Daniele Gatti


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