About the album
A special project: Linus Roth and José Gallardo are the first to interpret Weinberg’s sonatas and works for violin and piano in a complete anthology!
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 Sonatas Nr. 2 and 6. are even never recorded before and the Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes is the only one available recording right now - it was once recorded around 40 years ago, but the vinyl is not available to buy any more.
11Sonata no. 5 op. 53 for violin and piano Andante con moto
12Sonata no. 5 op. 53 for violin and piano Allegro molto
13Sonata no. 5 op. 53 for violin and piano Allegro moderato
14Sonata no. 5 op. 53 for violin and piano Allegro - Andante - Allegro - Andante - Allegretto - Andante
15Sonata no. 4 op. 39 for violin and piano Adagio
16Sonata no. 4 op. 39 for violin and piano Allegro ma non troppo - Adagio tenuto molto rubato
17Sonata no. 4 op. 39 for violin and piano Adagio primo
18Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes for violin and piano op. 47, no. 3 Adagio - Allegro vivace - Doppio più lento - Doppio movimento - Prestissimo
21Sonata no. 3 op. 37 for violin and piano Allegro moderato
22Sonata no. 3 op. 37 for violin and piano Andantino
23Sonata no. 3 op. 37 for violin and piano Allegretto cantabile
24Sonatina op. 46 for violin and piano in D major Allegretto
25Sonatina op. 46 for violin and piano in D major Lento - Allegro - Tempo primo
26Sonatina op. 46 for violin and piano in D major Allegro moderato - Lento
27Sonata no. 2 op. 15 for violin and piano Allegro - Meno mosso
28Sonata no. 2 op. 15 for violin and piano Lento
29Sonata no. 2 op. 15 for violin and piano Allegro moderato - Allegro con fuoco - Tempo primo
31Sonata no. 1 op. 12 for violin and piano Allegro
32Sonata no. 1 op. 12 for violin and piano Adagietto
33Sonata no. 1 op. 12 for violin and piano Allegro - Meno mosso
34Sonata no. 6 op. 136 Moderato
35Sonata no. 6 op. 136 Adagio
36Sonata no. 6 op. 136 Moderato - Adagio
373 Pieces Nokturn - Allegro
383 Pieces Scherzo - Moderato
393 Pieces Sen o Lalce - Moderato
After the intimate and at the same time very intense album with solo sonatas for violin by Weinberg, violinist Linus Roth is in a perfect flow, because he releases another new album! Again with Russian composers: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto op. 35 and Dmitri Shostakovich' Violin Concerto no.2 op. 129 which Linus Roth has recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Sanderling. In an breathtaking video Linus Roth ...