Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Symphonien Nr.3 & 7

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Label: DG
Catalog: 4862402
Format: CD

Following her acclaimed Deutsche Grammophon debut with Weinberg's Symphonies Nos. 2 & 21 in 2019, the exceptional conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla continues her very personal mission to make Weinberg's important work accessible to the widest possible audience in outstanding recordings with Symphonies Nos. 3 & 7 and the Flute Concerto. The 3rd Symphony, op. 45, tells of a difficult time. Since 1943, Weinberg, who had been forced to flee his native Warsaw in 1939, had been living and working in Moscow. Dmitri Shostakovich had become a close friend, and as an aspiring young composer Weinberg had quickly found his place in the circle of Moscow musicians. Here Weinberg was increasingly criticized for his progressive style of composition. The 1st Flute Concerto, op. 75, composed by Weinberg in 1961, has a clear reference to Jewish music, especially in the gentle and light-footed waltz gesture of the 3rd movement, which Weinberg himself may have played at Jewish weddings as a young Warsaw pianist. The 7th Symphony turns out to be a kind of baroque concerto grosso transposed into a contemporary context. In the five movements, which follow each other attacca, the entire sound spectrum of the string instruments is explored in the interplay between harpsichord and strings.

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