Concert as part of the Festival des Cultures Juives
With Polish Institute of Paris and the FSJU
Auditorium de l’Espace Rachi : 39, rue Broca, 75 005 Paris
SONATAS NO.4 AND NO.5, FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO
BY MIECZYSLAW WEINBERG (1919-1996)
There are some individuals that seem to have been inexplicably neglected by history and deprived of glory despite of their talent. This seems to be precisely the case of Mieczyslaw Weinberg, the composer of Russian modernity, who leaves behind an extremely diverse oeuvre of high quality, both on a technical and aesthetic level.
The work echoes the political history of his country and the tragedy in Weinberg’s personal life. As a victim of the anti-Jewish campaign of 1953, jailed for eleven months, he was freed from execution thanks to the intervention of his friend Dmitry Shostakovich, who was already an influential figure at that time.
In honor of the excellence of Weinberg’s work as well as the occasion of the centenary of his birth in 2019, the ensemble Des Equilibres today pays homage to Mieczyslaw Weinberg. From this unjustly forgotten composer we propose, as such, his sonatas for violin and piano N° 4 and 5.
Sonata for violin and piano no.4, op.38 (1947)
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Adagio tenuto molto rubato
IV. Adagio primo
Sonata for violin and piano no.5, op.53 (1953)
I. Andante con moto
II. Allegro molto
III. Allegro moderato
IV. Allegro – Andante – Allegretto – Andante
Agnès Pyka (violin) and Dimitri Vassilakis (piano)
Production ensemble Des Equilibres
L’ensemble Des Equilibres is supported by Région Sud, Département des Bouches du Rhône, Ville de Marseille and Ville de Toulon.
Record released at Label Arion
With the support of SCPP, FCM and SPEDIDAM
Action financed by Région Ile-de-France
« Terre de Culture Région Sud – Fevis » – Région Sud