Great music for solo cello!
Also, his string quartets are extraordinary.
He was a prolific composer rather than a day to day performer. He composed 26 symphonies, 17 string quartets, 7 operas and much more. He was a Polish Jew who emigrated to Russia. He was a close friend of Dimitri Shostakovitch and knew well Gilels, Rostropovich and others.
The recorded piece above is lovely.
I’d like to get started on Weinberg. Anyone care to name a couple of specific CDs as starters?
Go for the piano quintet and the new Disc of symphony no. 21. Also violin concerto.
Linus Roth is a champion of his music. He recorded a couple of years ago I think (way before the centennial), the complete violin music, chamber music and concerto. He is my choice. Also, Naxos released his Clarinet concerto (along with the clarinet sonata) lasth month, I loved it.
This is my favorite so far:
I still find it somewhat derivative of Shostakovich, but much better than most of their contemporaries.
I see that ECM released a recording of this cycle, played by Gidon Kremer on the violin. Any opinions on the choice of instrument?
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