Weinberg: Works For Strings, Kremerata Baltica

These are live performances, apparently, and what a mother-lode of great string playing this is, committed to the last degree. Weinberg wrote tons of good music, and recent years have seen many new recordings. I especially like the first chamber symphony here, but all four are good in their own ways. This album also features an arrangement of an earlier piano quintet for piano, string orchestra and percussion, which I like better than the original. This is the second Weinberg album from Kremer on the ECM label — get the first one, too.

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