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Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Complete Sonatas for Violin & Piano
Grigory Kalinovsky, violin
Tatiana Goncharova, piano
A Russian composer from the second half of the 20th century, Weinberg wrote six sonatas plus a sonatina for violin and piano. Click here for a preview, the one-movement sixth sonata that recalls Shostakovich; very inventive and intense - not to mention beautifully performed here. That sonata was dedicated to the memory of Weinberg's mother, and was never performed until after the composer's death, when the manuscript was found in his archive.
Daniel Hope performs Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, where Hope has been Music Director since September. Along with the Vivaldi, Hope has chosen 12 broadly ranging works to represent each of the 12 months of the year, with compositions by Rameau, Bach, Schumann and Tchaikovsky as well as recent works by Aphex Twin, Nils Frahm, Chilly Gonzales and Max Richter. Hope also commissioned 12 artworks to go each with a month, making the accompanying booklet is its own little work of art, with each month's painting paired on a page with Hope's thoughts about that month's music.
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