Probably the biggest story in recent Weinberg releases is the Russian label Melodiya opening their archives further, with two new CDs that are well worth investigating:
Melodiya - Weinberg Symphonies 5 & 10
Melodiya - Weinberg Concertos for Cello, Violin, and Flute
Of course, all of this music has previously been released long ago by Melodiya, but such releases have since become collector's items. With these new editions with an affordable price and attractive packaging, there is much to enjoy. The star factor of such artists as Kondrashin, Rostropovich, Kogan, Barshai, and more, is the icing on the cake.
Another CD that has been released recently sees Linus Roth continue his engagement with Weinberg's music, alongside Hartmann and a Shostakovich premiere recording.
(Roth, of course, has spearheaded the recently founded International Weinberg Society - more info here).
The first will be in Michigan, running from 14 - 22 November. Further info here.
The Michigan Opera blog has an interesting entry on language problems in The Passenger - which you can find here.
After Michigan, Pountney's production can be seen in Florida, running 2 - 9 April 2016. More info here.
For other upcoming performances, I've pulled the following listings from the Sikorski page for Weinberg:
CONCERTO FOR TRUMPET AND ORCHESTRA
25.11.2015, Osaka, JAPAN
SINFONIETTA NO. 1
30.01.2016, Limburg, GERMANY
SINFONIETTA NO. 1
31.01.2016, Marburg, GERMANY
11.03.2016, Mannheim, GERMANY
02.04.2016, Mannheim, GERMANY
17.04.2016, Mannheim, GERMANY
SYMPHONY NO. 10 for string orchestra
09.05.2016, Zurich, SWITZERLAND
16.05.2016, Mannheim, GERMANY
30.06.2016, Mannheim, GERMANY
Clearly, The Idiot continues its success with German-speaking audiences - desperately awaiting its UK or US premiere.
New Weinberg media
I hope readers will enjoy this cartoon of Weinberg - published in the Sovetskaya muzïka journal in 1949:
My own work
This is where things become rather hectic. My PhD work is entering into the full-on writing and finishing stages, where everything becomes focused on getting the thesis done. My PhD notes are slowly threatening to take over my whole study:
And work is piling up around me elsewhere. However, with all that said, I do have two (rather small) publications in the final stages of publication, awaiting release.
The first is a review and introduction to Weinberg, called 'Stepping out from the Shadows: A Postcard from Weinberg Studies'. This short introduction has been written for the Shostakovich DSCH journal, and will be featured in their January 2016 issue - see here.
The second is a review of six Weinberg editions by the Sikorski publishers, written for Notes, the journal of the Music Librarian's Association. This resulted in me receiving a shipment of Weinberg scores to critique and review:
The resulting article will be featured in an upcoming issue of Notes - which I'll be sure to link to here when I receive information.
Outside of those, the PhD thesis progresses. There is one more chapter to write, then I will have a full draft of the thesis. With that, work plunges into edits and revisions, with an eye on a early 2016 hand-in date. Fingers crossed!