26.02.16 Composers

In Memoriam

©Olga Rachalskaya

Today we commemorate the 20th anniversary of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's death. His friend Shostakovich paid the Jewish-Polish composer, who died in February 26, 1996, the compliment of calling him "one of the most outstanding composers of today".

The Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, who played an important role in the still continuing Weinberg-Renaissance, said about Mieczyslaw Weinberg:

“Like his “forefathers” Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Shostakovich and Prokofiev, who became icons of classical music, Weinberg left behind a priceless legacy which still awaits discovery. Weinberg’s music speaks directly to the emotions, another “clarion call” for all of us who search for lasting human values.”

With this in mind we commemorate one of the most important composers of the Sovjet Union, who has left a wonderful oeuvre to us, and hear one of his most moving works:

Concerto for Violoncello Op. 43 (1948)