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Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, May 2013

These performances by Vladimir Lande and the St. Petersburg State Orchestra seem to get the most out of the music, which is good…Naxos’s releases are less expensive than those in several other series now in progress, and are about as musically satisfying. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

David Hurwitz, April 2013

The performances represent the music well. Weinberg writes very difficult solo parts, especially for horns and trumpets, and while there are a couple of perilous moments, the players handle them bravely. Vladimir Lande conducts both works sympathetically…The sonics are vivid, warm, and well-balanced. Good stuff. © 2013 Read complete review

Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, March 2013

I regard this work more as another example of Weinberg’s ability to make powerful statements and this in music that is expressive and exciting. Viewed as such this work forms another worthy addition to the increasing amount of his music available in recorded form. We should be grateful.

Both works are given committed performances full of colour from an orchestra that will surely have this music in their blood. It is conducted with verve and enthusiasm by Vladimir Lande. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Roger Hecht
American Record Guide, March 2013

The performances and sound are excellent. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, February 2013

The Saint Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra under their principal guest conductor Vladimir Lande does the honors here, making a strong case for these long neglected scores.

The soundstage projected is average-sized and in moderately reverberant surroundings. The orchestral timbre is generally pleasing with a musical-sounding midrange and clean bass. © 2013 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review

Robert Cummings
Classical Net, February 2013

The Weinberg Nineteenth Symphony…begins in a dignified manner…

…the music is fairly attractive and expertly crafted…

…The Banners of Peace…is a colorful piece…it makes for quite an attractive filler for the symphony.

If you’re one of a growing number of people with an interest in the music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg, you’ll want to snatch up this CD…Naxos offers excellent sound reproduction and informative notes by Richard Whitehouse. © 2013 Classical Net Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, November 2012

The sweeping largo passages, reflective, meditative, are what first strikes one about the symphony ( “Bright May”). They are rather beautiful in a bittersweet way. It is a work that does not reveal all its gifts in a single hearing.

The symphonic poem “The Banners of Peace” is less introspective, more outgoing, modern yet filled with a kind of passionate expression that puts it out of the orbit of much of the music being composed in the more “advanced” orbits at that time.

They are both high-quality Weinberg. In the end it is worth your time to become familiar with them, in my opinion. Conductor Vladimir Lande gives very sympathetic interpretations of the works and the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra shows spirit and subtlety. I am glad to have this one to return to. © 2012 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2012

The second symphonic disc in Naxos’s survey of music by the increasingly fashionable Polish-born Russian composer, Mieczyslaw Weinberg.  Born in Warsaw in 1919, he found safety in Russia when the Germans invaded Poland in 1939, and from therein the story of his life depends on which version you want to believe. It would appear he studied composition in Russia for three years and so impressed with his First Symphony of 1943 that he was taken to Moscow where he lived the remainder of his life. He apparently found himself incarcerated for a brief period as a Jewish subversive, but he, as with many others, including Shostakovich, found that being a quasi-dissident gained him publicity in the West. Whatever the truth, he was a prolific composer who wrote twenty-six symphonies, seven operas and seventeen string quartets. So we are still sailing in unchartered territory, the Nineteenth Symphony, from 1985, forming part of a trilogy ‘On the Threshold of War’ and as such is a programmatic symphony whose significance the disc’s note writer appears to have no knowledge. As we tread our way though the opening movement it becomes increasingly highly charged in a vaguely atonal mode; the central section of more peaceful intent - the work being in one continuous span - and which leans towards tonality. And finally we have a concluding ‘movement’ where we find more optimism, though not the bells promised in Naxos’s notes. At much the same time came a work intended for the Community Party Congress, The Banners of Peace. It is much more animated but hardly a populist score. As a lot of the disc is densely scored and technically demanding, the St. Petersburg orchestra and their principal guest conductor, Vladimir Lande, offer sturdy and resolute performances in a typically Russian quality of recording. © 2012 David’s Review Corner

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