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Glubokoe regional executive committee
12 October 2021

Krimer's orchestra second disc of Weinberg's symphonies highly acclaimed in Europe

The East-West Chamber Orchestra under the baton of famous Belarusian musician Rostislav Krimer has released the second disc, which completes the cycle of four chamber symphonies by Mieczysław Weinberg, BelTA learned from the team.

The CD with Weinberg's second and fourth chamber symphonies has been released by Naxos Records and is available worldwide. Pizzicato Magazine spoke highly of the work, noting that the young team under the baton of Rostislav Krimer from Belarus “is gaining in stature and convinces with a refined playing”. Last month the History of Music announced the CD The New Album of the Week.

This work is interesting in two more aspects. First, thousands of people around the world have been again reminded that after fleeing Poland in 1939 Weinberg studied in Minsk, and that the composer's last, previously unknown quote kindly provided by the composer's family has become the epigraph to the disc.

For her part, the composer's daughter Anna Weinberg wrote: "I am happy that the whole cycle of chamber symphonies was recorded by the wonderful international orchestra East-West Chamber Orchestra conducted by Rostislav Krimer in Minsk, a city that saved my father's life. If Belarus had not sheltered my father, he would have suffered the tragic fate of his family: he would have died at the hands of the Nazis in a concentration camp. Taking this opportunity, I would like once again to thank the Belarusian people from the bottom of my heart and wish the wonderful performers of my father's music great success."

The previous disc, released in 2019, was nominated for the prestigious International Classical Music Award alongside Kirill Petrenko's Berlin Philharmonic and Paavo Jarvi's Tonhalle Zurich orchestra (symphonic music category) and several nominations of Opus Klassik.

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