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Mieczysław Weinberg’s music was for a long time hardly known in the West, but recent years have seen it enjoying a strong renaissance. Naxos has made a significant contribution to this revival through its ongoing recordings of his symphonies. Now we present the first complete recording of his entire output for accompanied flute, including the rarely heard Second Flute Concerto and the world premiere recording of his Five Pieces for flute and piano.

Mieczysław Weinberg (1919–1996) 100th Anniversary
Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919–1996)
Flute Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 1
12 Pieces for Flute and Orchestra 1
5 Pieces for Flute and Piano 2

Claudia Stein, Flute • Elisaveta Blumina, Piano 2
Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra 1
David Robert Coleman 1

Mieczysław Weinberg’s works for flute were mainly conceived for the renowned soloist Alexander Korneyev. The earliest of these is the 12 Pieces from 1947, a playful series of character studies that touch on a variety of moods. Also from 1947, the recently rediscovered 5 Pieces draws on Debussy and the early string quartet Capriccio, Op. 11 for its ironic good humour. The First Flute Concerto has a genial air with klezmer influences, while the Second Flute Concerto, among Weinberg’s last works, is often introspective and valedictory in mood. This is the first complete recording of Weinberg’s entire output for accompanied flute.

Listen to an extract from Flute Concerto No. 1:
I. Allegro molto
Listen to an extract from 5 Pieces for flute and piano:
No. 4 Melodie: Larghetto
About the Artists
Claudia Stein was appointed principal flute of the Staatskapelle Berlin by Daniel Barenboim when she was 23 years old. She has appeared with numerous international orchestras and performed regularly in the Bayreuth Festival orchestra. As a chamber music partner she has appeared at major European festivals, as well as in Israel, America and Japan. She has worked as a soloist with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Philippe Jordan and Sebastian Weigle.
German pianist Elisaveta Blumina is an Echo Klassik Awards prizewinner and artistic director of the Hamburg International Chamber Music Festival. She is one of the leading interpreters of 20th- and 21st-century music, and her recordings of the works of Weinberg have won particular international acclaim. Blumina is one of the founding members of the Blumina Ensemble and is the regular piano partner of the Staatskapelle Berlin Wind Quintet.
David Robert Coleman initially worked as an assistant conductor at the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden, then with Pierre Boulez at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and with Kent Nagano at the Bavarian State Opera. He has also assisted Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin State Opera. He has received invitations to guest conduct orchestras that include the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
The Polish Musicians’ Association Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1948 in Szczecin. Five years later it had developed into the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, the orchestra has performed with outstanding soloists and enhanced its repertoire with works that were written for the ensemble by popular composers associated with Szczecin. It has given concerts outside of its base in Poland and abroad.
More recordings of music by Mieczysław Weinberg
Symphony No. 18
‘War – there is no word more cruel’
Trumpet Concerto

Balio • St Petersburg Chamber Choir
St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
‘The performances in both works are top-notch. The Naxos sound reproduction is vivid and powerful. Strongly recommended—
and I anxiously await the next issue in this marvelous series.’
Classical Net
Symphony No. 17 ‘Memory’
Suite for Orchestra

Siberian State Symphony Orchestra
‘…this ranks as one of the finest in Naxos’s admirable contributions to Weinberg’s recorded symphonic oeuvre.’
Symphony No. 8
‘Polish Flowers’

Bartmiński • Warsaw Philharmonic
Orchestra and Choir • Wit
‘This first commercial recording of [Weinberg's] Eighth Symphony in the West is terrific from all quarters, including the sound. I cannot recommend this magnificent work and this recording of it highly enough.’
American Record Guide
Complete Piano Works
‘[Allison Brewster Franzetti's] faultless technique has enabled her to be a persuasive advocate of this endlessly fascinating and powerfully stated music by a composer whose works are emerging to take their rightful place in the annals of great piano works of the 20th century.’
MusicWeb International

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