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Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Shostakovich, Weinberg

SKU: 34313

Year of release: 2013

Chamber Symphony in C minor opus 110a 23:13
1. Largo Shostakovich 04:56
2. Allegro molto Shostakovich 03:13
3. Allegretto Shostakovich 05:10
4. Largo Shostakovich 05:27
5. Largo Shostakovich 04:24
Concertino for violin opus 42 16:56
6. Allegretto cantabile Weinberg 06:17
7. Lento, Adagio Weinberg 05:37
8. Allegro moderato poco rubato Weinberg 05:01
Chamber Symphony in A flat major opus 118a 25:35
9. Andante Shostakovich 05:05
10. Allegro Shostakovich 04:26
11. Adagio Shostakovich 06:18
12. Allegretto - Andante Shostakovich 09:44
Total time: 65:45

About this album

This CD has been issued to mark the silver jubilee of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. In the first ten years this string ensemble was particularly known for its performances of twentieth-century repertoire from EasternEurope. Under Lev Markiz, the first artistic director, the orchestra presented numerous national and international premieres by composers including Schnittke, Shostakovich, Ustvolskaya, Pärt and Denisov. Although the repertoire of Amsterdam Sinfonietta has considerably broadened in the past years,it recently presented world premieres by Gubaidulina, Mansoerjan and Vasks. Worksby Mieczys?aw Weinberg have included the west-European premiere of his Concertino in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 2009,with the present artistic director Candida Thompson as soloist. This anniversary recording features Weinberg’s Concertino and two now world-famous ChamberSymphonies by Dmitri Shostakovich.The three works are not only related by their musical language, but also by a life long friendship between the two composers.Shostakovich even dedicated his Chamber Symphony opus 118a to Weinberg. AmsterdamSinfonietta dedicates this CD recording toall its musical friends – both onstage and backstage – who have helped to bring the ensemble where it is today.

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Absolute Sound

"Candida Thompson, leading the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and playing solo violin in the Weinberg, makes a good case for the Chamber Symphonies..."

Classical CD Choice

The DSD recordings, made in two different locations, are clear and wide ranging in the best Channel manner. (...) Candida Thompson gives a lovely account of this work and the recording provides an exemplary balance between soloist and orchestra. (...)This is yet another outstanding addition to the Amsterdam Sinfonietta’s peerless discography.


(…) The Amsterdam Sinfonietta have a keen reputation for attention to detail, above all, dynamic control and balance. This is on full display throughout this recording. (…) Overall, I rate this disc excellent, for the craftsmanship on display throughout and the sensitive approach to the music itself.

London 24

Equally impressive is a disc of Shostakovich and Weinberg’s Chamber Symphonies from the Amsterdam Sinfonietta under Candida Thompson (Channel); a particular pleasure here is provided by the neglected piece by Shostakovich’s discriminated-against associate Weinberg, played with great panache.


(...) der Solopart im Concertino durch Candida Thompson wird mit herrlicher Verve und lyrischer Rafinesse, dazu noch in vollkommener technischer Beherrschung der Mittel und absolut intonationsrein gegeben.


The playing has individual distinction and corporate unity of purpose. The choice of tone-colours, the thrust and definance in fast movements and the matching of nuance to the range of quieter moods make for a fine combination of chamber-music finesse and orchestral weight.


(...) Artistic director and leader Candida Thompson’s lovely tone is a pleasure to hear. Despite my personal reservations about the existence of arrangements of Shostakovich’s string quartets and not wishing to appear to be damning with faint praise this disc is a fine example of them and of the Sinfonietta’s warm sound.

Herald Scotland

(…) The two quartets, each in a different way, are monumental pieces and masterworks which have shifted plane from quartet to orchestral format with idiomatic and stylistic effectiveness. This new recording by Candida Thompson's Amsterdam Sinfonietta is blisteringly effective (…)

International Record Review

From every technical standpoint, the playing of the Amsterdam Sinfonitta is first-rate (...) astonishing engineering (...) an undisputed triumph for all concerned. 5/5 stars

(...) Here the 22 players of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta lavish their usual scrupulous care for dynamics and refinement of sound on the often emotionally searing music of these quartets and manage to combine to thrilling effect the flexibility and precision of a string quartet with the weight and impact of a full string orchestra; (...)The DSD recordings, made in two different locations, are clear and wide ranging in the best Channel manner. (...)This is yet another outstanding addition to the Amsterdam Sinfonietta's peerless discography.

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording LocationAmsterdam, Leiden Holland 2012
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerWillem de Bordes
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersGrimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Cablesvan den Hul T3 series