Kremer’s bold program includes two works by Mieczysław Weinberg

Montreal Gazette

Mozart, Schubert, no problem.

But the duo performance on Wednesday in the Maison symphonique by violinist Gidon Kremer and pianist Daniil Trifonov includes two works by Mieczysław Weinberg, 1919-1996, a Polish-born Russian composer whose name remains on the margins of recognition.

Even the spelling of that name has been a problem since the New Grove Dictionary of Music initially bestowed two generous paragraphs on him under the aegis of “Vaynberg.” The “Weinberg” spelling is now in the ascendant, especially after performances last year in Houston and New York of his Holocaust-theme opera The Passenger (which opens at the Chicago Lyric Opera on Feb. 24).

Kremer is a Weinberg believer. Notes to the violinist’s ECM recording of the Solo Violin Sonata No. 3 Op. 126 cite his opinion that this relatively progressive piece of 1979 can stand alongside Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin. At 22 minutes, it is approximately as…

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