COMPLETE PIANO WORKS • 4
SONATAS NOS. 3, 5 AND 6
TWO FUGUES FOR LUDMILA BERLINSKAYA
"The works on this CD represent Weinberg at his finest, as evidenced by his masterful fugues in Sonata No. 3, Sonata No. 6 and the Two Fugues composed for Lyudmila Berlinskaya, the magnificent passacaglia of Sonata No. 5, and his majestically beautiful Adagio movements. This CD is the completion of a journey through a musical landscape that is rich with inspiration, hope, wisdom, and love."
–Allison Brewster Franzetti
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|ABOUT THIS RELEASE
Weinberg’s fraught early life included two dramatic escapes from the Nazis, as he made his way from his native Poland to the Soviet Union. His eventual arrival in Moscow in August 1943 saw a period of relative stability in his personal life and an extraordinary burst of creative vitality. Sonata No. 3, composed in the space of a week at the end of January 1946, represents a conspicuous advance on its predecessors. The deeply expressive, technically challenging and superbly varied Nos. 5 (1956) and 6 (1960) are the last of the numbered piano sonatas.
"I believe that every moment in the life of a real artist consists in some sense of work. Interesting, persistent, endless work. Work not only at the writing desk but also work in observation, in the absorption of sounds, colours, motion and the rhythms of reality into oneself. I am always working." – Mieczysław Weinberg
PIANO SONATA NO. 3, OP. 31 21:50
1. I. Allegro tranquillo (09:25)
2. II. Adagio (05:34)
3. III. Moderato con moto (06:51)
PIANO SONATA NO. 5, OP. 58 25:06
4. I. Allegro (09:20)
5. II. Andante (07:10)
6. III. Allegretto (08:36)
TWO FUGUES FOR LUDMILA BERLINSKAYA * 3:40
7. No. 1 (01:59)
8. No. 2 (01:41)
PIANO SONATA NO. 6, OP. 73 14:00
9. I. Adagio (06:54)
10. II. Allegro molto (07:06)
* World Première Recording
TOTAL TIME: 64:36
|Allison Brewster Franzetti
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|ABOUT THE ARTIST
2008 GRAMMY® Nominee for Best Instrumental Soloist without Orchestra for 20th Century Piano Sonatas on Naxos Records (8.570401), Allison Brewster Franzetti has received international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for stunning virtuosity and musicality. She has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Long Island Philharmonic, English Sinfonia, Denver Symphony, Colonial Symphony, Queens Symphony, European Women’s Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Janáček Philharmonic, and the City of Prague Philharmonic. Solo recitals include critically acclaimed débuts at Merkin Hall, New York and Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, a special performance at the GRAMMY® Salute to Classical Music honoring Lang Lang and Earl Wild, and concerts throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Argentina and Japan. She is a 2003 GRAMMY® Award Nominee and a 2002 Latin GRAMMY® Award Nominee. An accomplished chamber musician, she has collaborated with renowned composers and performers, including Sir James Galway, John Corigliano, Carlos Franzetti, Lowell Liebermann, David Maslanka, Stephen Paulus, Eugenia Zukerman, Julius Baker and Robert White.
"Franzetti throughout proves a fine guide to this too–little–played music"
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