Artist: Viacheslav Dinerchtein
Title: Mieczysław Weinberg – Complete Sonatas for Solo Viola
Catalogue No.: SM 310
This special edition commemorates Mieczysław Weinberg’s centennial by highlighting a remarkable, rare four-sonata set for solo viola. Composed during Weinberg’s later period, when his music suffered a sharp decline in popularity into eventual oblivion, these monumental sonatas have seen little daylight since conception, despite representing what conductor Thomas Sanderling rightfully regards as “Weinberg at his finest.” In addition to over 90 minutes of unique music – intensely vivid, warm, thought-provoking – this 2-CD edition includes a special in-depth essay by Weinberg authority David Fanning, rare historical photographs (some never before published), inputs from several notable personalities and an essay by the performer.
Each bar of Viacheslav Dinerchtein’s interpretation is filled with unquestionable dedication to a genius we should all recognize. What loftier goal can a performer have than to serve the music and not use it for self-promotion? Listening to this music, played with full commitment, one becomes even more motivated to delve deeper into the scores of the great Weinberg.
The masterful interpretation of these virtually never performed challenging works should stir further interest in performers and audiences alike, and I hope the public will be as excited as I am by this recording, a milestone for the contemporary viola repertoire.
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