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Mieczysław Weinberg was born in Warsaw in 1919. Twenty years later, the Nazi occupation forced him him to flee to Minsk, then again, much further east to Tashkent, following the Nazi invasion in 1941. It was there that he wrote his First Symphony, which favourably impressed Shostakovich and resulted in his settling in Moscow in 1943. He remained there for the rest of his life. His death in Moscow on 26th February, 1996 went largely unnoticed. Since then, however, his significant output has gained a rapidly increasing number of performances and recordings, restoring his reputation as a highly significant composer in the Russian tradition.

WEINBERG, M.: Violin Sonatas (Complete) / Violin Sonatina
8.572320-21
[2 CDs]
Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919–1996)
Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Violin Sonatina

Grigory Kalinovsky, Violin
Tatiana Goncharova, Piano

Mieczysław Weinberg is now recognised as one of the outstanding Russian composers of the second half of the twentieth century. Fêted for his symphonies and string quartets, he also wrote a sequence of Violin Sonatas crucial to the development of his distinctive and elusive musical idiom. Shostakovich’s influence is evident in the Third Violin Sonata, as are Jewish melodic elements, while the Fourth Violin Sonata is alternately sombre and hectic. His masterpiece is the Fifth Violin Sonata, symphonic in scale but subtle in form, and containing some of his most affecting writing.

Listen to an extract from Violin Sonata No. 5:
III. Allegro moderato


About the Artists
Grigory Kalinovsky
Grigory Kalinovsky has performed at several of the world’s major venues, from all three stages of Carnegie Hall in New York to the Musikhalle Grosser Saal in Hamburg, collaborating with such renowned musicians as Pinchas Zukerman, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ralph Kirshbaum, Miriam Fried, Dora Schwarzberg and Paul Coletti, among others. He currently holds the title of Starling Professor of Violin at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University.
Tatiana Goncharova
A dazzling soloist and a sought-after ensemble partner, Russian-born pianist Tatiana Goncharova has won wide critical praise. She has performed extensively throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. She is currently on the faculty of Pinchas Zukerman’s Young Artists Program in Canada, Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, and is a founding co-director of Manhattan in the Mountains summer music festival.
Symphonies by Mieczysław Weinberg on Naxos
8.572873
WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 8, Op. 83, "Tveti Pol'shi", "Kwiaty Polskie"
(Polish Flowers)

Dobrowolska, Marciniec, Bartminski, Wit

“…Antoni Wit’s conducting is nothing short of miraculous.”
Fanfare

Listen to an extract from Symphony No. 8, 'Polish Flowers':
II. Baluckie dzieci (Children of Baluty)



8.573565
WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 17 / Suite for Orchestra
Siberian State Symphony, Lande

“The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra is a splendid ensemble. Under conductor Vladimir Lande the assurance and undoubted preparation pay dividends. Clearly the orchestra has the measure of these two works, persuasively communicating contrasting sides of Weinberg’s musical personality.”
MusicWeb International

Listen to an extract from Symphony No. 17, 'Memory':
IV. Andante


8.572779
WEINBERG, M.:
Symphony No. 6 / Rhapsody on
Moldavian Themes

Glinka Choral College Boys' Choir,
St. Petersburg State Symphony, Lande

“This is remarkable music, excellently played and sung by the various forces involved.”
Fanfare

8.573085
WEINBERG, M.:
Symphony No. 12 /
The Golden Key Suite No. 4

St. Petersburg State Symphony, Lande

“Lande’s disc is a must
as the only generally available recording of
the 12th and as a fine performance in its
own right.”
MusicWeb International

8.573190
WEINBERG, M.:
Symphony No. 18 / Trumpet Concerto

Balio, St. Petersburg Chamber Choir,
St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Lande

“...another major addition to the Weinberg discography, and it can be recommended without hesitation.”
International Record Review

8.572752
WEINBERG, M.:
Symphony No. 19 /
The Banners of Peace

St. Petersburg State Symphony, Lande

“The performances and sound are excellent.”
American Record Guide

Mieczysław Weinberg's complete piano works on Grand Piano
GP603
Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1
Brewster Franzetti
“Franzetti’s playing in the Second Sonata
is outstanding.”
International Piano
  Listen to an extract from
2 Mazurkas (1933):
Mazurka No. 2 in A minor
GP607
Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 2
Brewster Franzetti
“Recommended as another important milestone on the road to redefining Weinberg’s status among modern composers.”
Audiophile Audition ★★★★
  Listen to an extract from Piano Sonatina Op. 49:
III. Allegretto
GP610
Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3
Brewster Franzetti
“Allison Brewster Franzetti’s clear, honest, expressively voiced pianism is ideal for this repertory.”
American Record Guide
  Listen to an extract from Children's Notebook,
Book 1:
V. Allegretto
GP611
Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4
Brewster Franzetti
“...a wonderful rounding off of the complete piano works of this incredible musical personality.”
MusicWeb International
  Listen to an extract from
2 Fugues for Ludmila Berlinskaya:
No. 1. -
GP698-701
Piano Works (Complete)
(4-CD Box Set)

Brewster Franzetti
“Harmonically slippery, by turns ironically wry or darkly elusive, they are excellent works, and Franzetti’s bravura performances make an emphatic case for their artistic significance.”
– 2016 Culture Catch
Best Classical Albums 2015
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