Weinberg: Solo Sonatas for Violin Nos. 1 - 3

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Weinberg: Solo Sonatas for Violin Nos. 1 - 3

Catalogue No:

CC72688

Discs:

1

Release date:

10th June 2016

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0608917268829

Length:

74 minutes

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Weinberg: Solo Sonatas for Violin Nos. 1 - 3


Shostakovich:

Fantastic Dances (3), Op. 5

transcribed for violin & piano by Harry Glickman)

José Gallardo (piano)

Weinberg:

Sonata for Solo Violin No. 1, Op. 82

Sonata for Solo Violin No. 2, Op. 95

Sonata for Solo Violin No. 3, Op. 126


Linus Roth (violin)

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Linus Roth’s disc of Weinberg’s three Sonatas for solo violin is the fourth recording he has devoted to the Polish-born composer’s violin music, following Challenge Classics CDs of his Violin and Piano Sonatas, Violin Concerto and Violin Concertino - two of which were Gramophone Editor’s Choices.

Since he won the Echo Klassik Award for his EMI debut album in 2006, Linus Roth has made a name for himself both as one of the most interesting violinists of his generation and as a champion of wrongly forgotten works and composers. One such is Mieczyslaw Weinberg, a friend of Shostakovich (whose music also appears here with a transcription of his Three Fantastic Dances). Roth is perhaps the leading performer of Weinberg’s music currently; and his interest in the composer led in 2015 to the formation of the International Mieczyslaw Weinberg Society.

Weinberg’s three unaccompanied violin sonatas are passionate works dating from 1964, 1967 and 1978. The Third Sonata, Op.123, is the most challenging and important: one continuous movement lasting nearly half an hour, with many technical difficulties. This sonata is dedicated to the memory of his father Shmuil Weinberg, who was a composer and conductor at the Yiddish theatre in Kishinev. Given that Weinberg knew his father had been murdered in the Holocaust, the sonata isn’t easy listening but it’s hugely rewarding.

Dmitri Shostakovich: 3 Fantastic Dances (Transcribed for Violin and Piano by Harry Glickman): Dance No. 1. Allegretto

3 Fantastic Dances (Transcribed for Violin and Piano by Harry Glickman): Dance No. 1. Allegretto

Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Solo Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 82

Adagio - Allegro - Adagio

Andante

Allegretto

Lento

Presto - Adagio

Dmitri Shostakovich: 3 Fantastic Dances (Transcribed for Violin and Piano by Harry Glickman): Dance No. 2. Andantino

3 Fantastic Dances (Transcribed for Violin and Piano by Harry Glickman): Dance No. 2. Andantino

Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Solo Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 95

Monody

Andantino grazioso

Presto agitato

Andantino non tanto

Allegretto leggiero

Lento affettuoso

Vivace marcato

Dmitri Shostakovich: 3 Fantastic Dances (Transcribed for Violin and Piano by Harry Glickman): Dance No. 3. Allegretto

3 Fantastic Dances (Transcribed for Violin and Piano by Harry Glickman): Dance No. 3. Allegretto

Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Solo Violin Sonata No. 3, Op. 126

Solo Violin Sonata No. 3, Op. 126

Gramophone Magazine

September 2016

“Linus Roth offers controlled and superbly prepared accounts”

The Guardian

7th July 2016

***

“Listen to the sonatas individually...and one appreciates not only the plate-spinning skill with which Weinberg keeps different strands of music airborne, suggesting much more than one actually hears, but also the poise and intensity of Roth’s performance.”

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