Mieczyslaw Weinberg grew up in Warsaw, a city in which Poles then accounted for two thirds of the populace and Jews for one third of its residents. The Jews increasingly regarded themselves as Poles, just as he did. The three works on this CD clearly attest to the fact that Weinberg felt that he belonged to both traditions. The 'Concertino' and the 'Cello Concerto' have Jewish roots, while the 'Fantasy' is a piece with a typically Polish character. If the 'Concertino', in which the orchestra is extraordinarily sparingly used and the violoncello practically plays a solo, may be described as the composer's 'lyrical journal' in music notes, then the 'Cello Concerto' derived from it has even more clearly been written for the grand stage. It is more fully developed, the work has assumed a new character, and the orchestra plays a more important role in it.