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Jack Sullivan
American Record Guide, May 2013

Allison Brewster Franzetti’s clear, honest, expressively voiced pianism is ideal for this repertory. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Byzantion
MusicWeb International, January 2013

Her two previous Weinberg volumes were very well received, and Brewster Franzetti again shows herself to be on multi-faceted, persuasive form.

Sound quality is very good… © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2012

For the third volume of the complete piano music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg we have a disc devoted to music ostensibly written for children to perform.  At the time of writing in the mid-1940’s Communist officialdom criticised the Children’s Notebooks as being too difficult and sophisticated for the young people they had been intended for. It is more probably that they were written for children to listen to, and to be played when they grew older. Whatever the reason, the twenty-three pieces published in three books are cameos of easy listening and strongly related to the Shostakovich school of composition with an occasional hint of Prokoviev. Technically they do veer from the slow and rhythmically simple, to the fast and quirky, in both instances their harmonic language is dressed in the late 20th century. There is also sufficient melodic interest to bring a degree of satisfaction when used as a concert piece. By contrast the 21 Easy Pieces are well within the scope of a highly talented child, most lasting under a minute, they must have been simple teaching pieces, though I guess they pleased young ears, and as they all have titles, the young would see them as music pictures. The Can-Can was written for the woman who was to become his second wife, as her keep-fit music reminded him of the dance. Allison Brewster Franzetti plays the disc and—save for the last track—it is in the form of a recital for adults, and if the music poses few technical hurdles, her playing is lucid and captures the Russian nature of the music. © 2012 David’s Review Corner



Expedition Audio

The performances by Allison Brewster Franzetti and the sound quality provided by the Grand Piano label are first rate in this, the third volume of a continuing series of Weinberg’s complete piano music. © Expedition Audio Read complete review






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