CBSO: Mirga Conducts Weinberg

“Each piece is just greater than the last,” says City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Music Director Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, in talking about the long-neglected works of Polish composer Mieczysław Weinberg. “If you love Shostakovich and Mahler, it’ll sweep you off your feet.”
Mirga and the CBSO’s recording of Weinberg’s 21st symphony was last autumn named the winner of the 2020 Gramophone award for recording of the year - so it’s a real no-brainer for the orchestra to once again be turning to his work... 
On this occasion they will be performing his powerful third symphony.
“Seven years ago, I hadn’t even heard the name Mieczysław Weinberg,” says Mirga, “but during the years since, he has become one of the most important composers for me. He is the composer I would like to stay on for the rest of my life. 
“I think that in days of ideological search and loss that we are living through right now, Weinberg stands as a symbol of humanism. His life and work are huge inspirations. Every score I’ve encountered so far is a masterwork.”
The concert also features Weinberg’s Rhapsody On Moldavian Themes and Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder.

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