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Linus Roth and José Gallardo: Mieczysław Weinberg (Sonatina, Rhapsody & interview)

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Published on Mar 18, 2013

Violinist Linus Roth and pianist José Gallardo are the first to interpret Weinberg's sonatas and works for violin and piano in a complete anthology!

The composer, Mieczysław Weinberg, had an unbelievably tragic life, full of struggle and pain. As a Polish Jewish composer he flee from the Nazi regime to Russia, got imprisoned by Stalin and was saved at the last minute by his good friend and colleague Dmitri Shostakovich. He lost all his family members in concentration camps. Weinberg's compositions, often with a Jewish slant, were prohibited...

Noted German violinist Linus Roth and the Argentinean piano virtuoso José Gallardo feel a lot of compassion for this composer. It's all there in his beautiful and deeply emotional music where Weinberg put so much of his soul. As a great master of contrasts he goes from very dark, to very bright, from a fortissimo when you think the world breaks into pieces, to a pianissimo you can barely hear. In one bar there can be hope, and in the next bar: no hope!

Linus and José feel obliged and honored to be advocates for Weinberg because they think his music deserves it! Now it was time for them to record the "Complete Sonatas and Works" for violin and piano of Weinberg on a 3CD. This has never been done before! Weinberg's repertoire has always been only partially performed and recorded, but never as complete collection. The CD box contains the world premieres of the Sonatas Nr. 2 and 6 and the only available one of the Rhapsody!

The music in this short documentary is available on CD
Check www.challengerecords.com for availability
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www.challengerecords.com
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