Thursday 11 September 2014

September Update

I hope that all my readers have had a pleasant summer - here's my round-up of Weinberg-related news for the month of September.

Upcoming Concerts

13:10, 9th October, Manchester

Weinberg expert Michelle Assay performs alongside bass-baritone Frédéric Albou in a programme of Russian song settings to Shakespeare texts. The programme includes Shostakovich, Sviridov, Kabalevsky, and Weinberg (a rare chance to hear his Op. 33 song cycle 'Shakespeare Sonnets').

More details here


7:30, 1st November, London

The London Repertoire Orchestra, led by David Cutts, give the UK premiere of Weinberg's second Flute Concerto, with Liz Cutts as soloist. The programme also includes Beethoven's Coriolan Overture and Eighth Symphony. An extremely rare opportunity to hear this treasure from Weinberg's later works. (I've been closely involved with preparations for this concert, including providing a programme note - which I shall post on this blog nearer to the concert- and also providing a piano-reduction of the concerto for rehearsal purposes).

More details here and here


24th February - 15th March, Chicago

Weinberg's The Passenger spiralling success continues in the US, now being performed by the Lyric Opera in Chicago, as part of their 60th season. The production is a revival of David Pountney's acclaimed Bregenz 2010 production, and has already drawn strong reactions from many critics around the world.

More details here

Upcoming Releases

The terrific Ensemble Epomeo are releasing a new disc, featuring Weinberg's Op. 48 String Trio. The disc also includes works by Penderecki, Kurtag, and Schnittke. If their previous disc performing Hans Gal's String Trios is anything to go by, this release should be excellent.

Amazon link here - Ensemble Epomeo facebook page - here

Latest Youtube videos

The recording of the premiere performance of Shostakovich's Seven Songs on Poems by Alexander Blok, Op. 127, has been uploaded to youtube. The performance is given by Galina Vishnevskaya, with David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Weinberg on the piano.

In news relating to my PhD work, I am now coming into the third year of my course. As such, my attentions start to turn to the arduous task of completing my thesis. I shall keep readers informed of my progress, and any talks/papers I shall be giving in the future. Of course, I shall also plug/inform readers with details of my upcoming publications on Weinberg. Keep checking back to this page for further details.

Please feel free to comment/email with any suggestions for items to include in this 'September Update' page, or if you have any general feedback on 'Lines that have escaped Destruction' and my work. D.E.

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