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Adam Mickiewicz Institute: Popularising Mieczysław Weinberg's Works


The Adam Mickiewicz Institute continues its mission to popularize the achievements of Mieczysław Weinberg around the world. 2021 sees the release of the first monograph on the life and work of the composer written in Russian, as well as the album with his chamber works Light in darkness: Mieczysław Weinberg. The premiere will take place on 8 December 2021, on the composer's birth anniversary.

WajnbergWeinberg left 153 opus pieces, including 22 symphonies, 70 chamber pieces and almost 30 song cycles. The first monograph on him in Russian by Danuta Gwizdalanka presents the entire complexity of Weinberg's biography, which was marked by the turbulent history of the 20th century. The book was published by the famous Petersburg music publishing house "Kompozytor". The project was coordinated by Andrei Ustinov, editor-in-chief of the magazine "Muzykalnoje Obozrienije". The monograph is available in the Falanster bookstore in Moscow. It is also presented at the Non Fiction book fair and disseminated during concerts and significant musical events in all over Russia.

Book review: https://muzobozrenie.ru/novaya-kniga-o-mechislave-vajnberge/ 

Another publication released in 2021 with the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute is the album Light in darkness: Mieczysław Weinberg. The CD released by the Belgian publishing house Evil Penguin Classic contains several chamber works by Weinberg performed by renowned musicians: Linus Roth, Jose Gallardo, Danjulo Ishizak and Janusz Wawrowski. The album was presented internationally at the Chopin Competition 2021, as well as during Linus Roth's concerts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It is available in the Empik store chain, as well as on the foreign market and on the Spotify platform: https://open.spotify.com/album/0r1y0fKuAlkFnukiPfpd9k

The releases are part of the international cultural programme coordinated by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, carried out as part of the Niepodległa Multiannual Program 2017–2022.