Three Palms/String Trio/Trumpet Concerto No. 1 - Weinberg Edition Vol. 5
2011 release. "Three Palms for string quartet and soprano, op. 120" (1977): A poem by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov (1814-1841) speaks of three palm trees in the Arabian desert. Weinberg used this text as the basis of his like-named work, scored for the unusual combination of soprano and string quartet. The character of this 20-minute work, conceived in 1977, comes from its mixture of chamber music, song cycle and cantata. Stylistically it is uncommonly expressive, interspersed with many lyrical passages. Its model was surely Arnold Schoenberg's Second String Quartet, op. 10 (1908), which likewise adds a soprano voice to the sound of a string quartet. Schoenberg's work, too, comes to terms with a profoundly personal experience -- a relation likewise important to Weinberg in his op. 120. In Lermontov's poem, three palm trees complain to God about their uselessness. "Trio for Violin, Viola and Violoncello op. 48" (1950): Mieczys?aw Weinberg wrote his String Trio, op. 48, as early as 1950, but the work remained unpublished for many years, and until 2007 it existed only the form of an autograph score. Its origins in the Stalin years may have affected its earnest character. It has been suggested that Weinberg envisioned a performance by musicians at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, but in the end the work only resurfaced after his death. "Trumpet Concerto in B-flat major, op. 94" (1967): Unlike Shostakovich, the ever-curious Weinberg also wrote concertos for otherwise neglected instruments, including the flute, clarinet and trumpet. The latter instrument also plays a leading role in Russia's circus music. In the Soviet period, these spectacles were even managed by a specially appointed government authority. Many leading composers wrote music for acrobats and clowns under the Big Top. Performed by: Talia Or (soprano), EOS-Quartett Wien, Kana Matsui (violin), Johannes Flieder (viola), Christoph Stradner (violoncello), Jurgen Ellensohn (trumpet), Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg, Gerard Korsten (conductor).