December 2019 will mark the centenary of the re-emerging Polish-Soviet composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg.
There will be no state recognition of this musical moment in either of his nationalities but the violinist Gidon Kremer will set the ball rolling early next month with a programme titled, ‘In the beginning, there was noise’.
Here’s a brief press statement:
Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra and Gidon Kremer start the celebration of Mieczysław Weinberg’s hundreds anniversary with a brand-new program “At first there was…noise” (“Am Anfang war das Geräusch!“)
Over the next two weeks Kremerata Baltica and their artistic director maestro Kremer will visit Elmau, Munich, Laufen, Kronberg, Liepaja and Klaipeda to bring to the audience their newest creation – “At first there was noise” – a project about the long way from silence via noise to music.”
Based on the music of Mieczysław Weinberg, a Polish-Jewish-Russian composer, whose hundreds anniversary we are celebrating this year, this program is created by the violinist Gidon Kremer and clown from the famous Circus Ronkalli Robert Wicke. Maestro Kremer comments about the idea of this project: “Weinberg is very important for the development of music, a composer with the distinct voice. People need to discover him and that’s why I feel like starting the year 2019 with playing his music. Kremerata has already performed and recorded many of Weinberg’s substantial works. This time we are going to focus on his music written for theater, movies and circus.”
To find more details about the program and dates, please visit kremeratabaltica.com
UPDATE: There will be a Weinberg conference at the University of Manchester this month, featuring a performance of all 17 string quartets.