Sonatas For Viola Solo - Sonata Op. 28
Featured works: Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 28 (1945, Version for Viola and Piano); Sonata for Viola Solo No. 1, Op. 107 (1971); Sonata for Viola Solo No. 2, Op. 123 (1978); Sonata for Viola Solo No. 3, Op. 135 (1982); Sonata for Viola Solo No. 4, Op. 136 (1983)
Fyodor Druzhinin: Sonata for Viola Solo No. 1 (1959). Performed by Julia Rebekka Adler, viola; Jascha Nemtsov, piano. "After fleeing from occupied Poland, Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996) survived in Soviet exile. Defended by Shostakovich in times of crisis, he was tolerated as a symphonist and composer of film music (The Storks Leave, 1957) but was always to remain an outsider. His rich stock of chamber music has been examined by Julia Rebekka Adler, who presents the four solo sonatas for viola, works written between 1971 and 1983. The first is dedicated to the violist Fyodor Druzhinin (1932-2007) and was edited and premiered by him; the others remain unpublished today. The program is rounded out with a solo sonata by Druzhinin himself, as well as an arrangement of Weinberg's early Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, the Klezmer sounds of which may be glimpsed in the version for viola too. The pianist is Jascha Nemtsov, who shares an intimate knowledge of contemporary East European Jewish music and previously rediscovered the violin sonatas by Weinberg."