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Roger Hecht
American Record Guide, May 2014

Both performances are very good. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, April 2014

The St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra…Vladimir Lande has been its principal guest conductor since 2008. It plays everything here with commitment and a keen ear for detail, delivering a powerful and convincing performance of the symphony and a thoroughly enjoyable one of the ballet suite. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

William Kreindler
MusicWeb International, April 2014

The St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra matches Lande in commitment to the music and ably acquits itself…Lande’s disc is a must as the only generally available recording of the 12th and as a fine performance in its own right. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Robert Cummings
Classical Net, April 2014

Vladimir Lande seems to grasp the heart and soul of this music. He consistently captures the seemingly ever-present tension and struggle of this music…Everything in the performance is well phrased and played…admirers of Weinberg…will find this a most desirable disc.

The Naxos sound reproduction is clear and powerful. Recommended. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review

Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, March 2014

Weinberg’s symphonies are recognised today as a substantial continuation of the russian tradition. Weinberg’s Symphony no. 12 was written in response to the death in august 1975 of his great friend and supporter of 32 years, Shostakovich. With its subtle stylistic allusions to the composer, this is the longest and most wide-ranging of Weinberg’s purely orchestral symphonies. One of only two surviving ballet scores, the golden key is a compelling satire, extending a lineage which includes Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Vladimir Lande demonstrates a superb understanding of the works, leading the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra in exemplary performances. © 2014 Classical CD Choice

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, February 2014

The St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Lande do the score full justice…They strike an excellent balance between clarity and expressivity.

The Lande recording of Weinberg’s 12th is a great place to start exploring the many facets of the composer. It is a must (especially at the Naxos price) for anyone seeking a good appreciation of the mature, later period of Weinberg in the symphonic realm. I am certainly glad to have it. © 2014 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

Erik Levi
BBC Music Magazine, February 2014

Vladimir Lande and the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra negotiate the considerable technical demands of this complex score with impressive assurance. Supported by a wonderfully focused recording they deliver a performance that is incisive and powerfully committed. Similarly expert playing is offered in the Fourth Suite from the ballet The Golden Key where Weinberg taps into a more relaxed mode with a sequence of tuneful dances whose satirical character and propensity to sudden changes of key is strongly reminiscent of Prokofiev. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine, January 2014

Naxos has not officially announced a Weinberg series, but it has been releasing a few of his 19 numbered symphonies along with a selection of his other orchestral music…A new Naxos disc is the third featuring Lande, and this time the symphony is especially significant, having been written in 1976 in memory of Shostakovich, who was a major supporter of Weinberg’s music and his close friend for three decades…This hour-long work is not only massive but also very close structurally to many of Shostakovich’s symphonies…Weinberg’s Symphony No 12 is recognizably “Shostakovich-ian” without being a forthright tribute: it is a highly worthy work in its own right as well as a heartfelt memorial to a major influence on Weinberg’s music. Lande conducts it feelingly and with fine attention to detail—and its seriousness is well balanced by the fourth of four suites drawn from Weinberg’s The Golden Key, one of the composer’s two surviving ballets…this is a lively and amusing work…The light ballet suite makes a fine complement to Weinberg’s weighty Twelfth Symphony while confirming, as has each of these Naxos releases, that Weinberg is worthy of high regard among 20th-century composers. © 2014 Read complete review

Film Music: The Neglected Art, January 2014

The quality of the recording and the performance of the symphony and conductor are top drawer. © 2014 Film Music: A Neglected Art Read complete review

MusicWeb International, January 2014

…the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra are in their element throughout the recording…Vladimir Lande brings out their very best in a memorable homage to both composers. Sound quality is impressive—better, in fact, than the majority of available recordings of Shostakovich’s music. The engineering by the Naxos team is arguably the best ever to have come out of Russia. Notes by series annotator Richard Whitehouse…supply all the necessary details in clear, informative language. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2014

The death of Shostakovich in 1975 brought to a close an era in Russian music, and for those who he has helped, including Mieczyslaw Weinberg, it was a time of grief. He was one of the first to respond musically with his Twelfth symphony, ‘In memoriam D. Shostakovich’…It was to be the most extensive of his purely orchestral symphonies, its playing time bordering on the hour, the first movement here extending beyond twenty minutes. Often powerful and jagged in concept, it follows in Shostakovich’s footsteps in passages of quiet desolation, the following scherzo atypical of that description in its nightmarish content. For the conductor it proves a challenge in holding our attention, particularly in the long and quiet final peroration which slowly drifts into silence as the solo violin plays a lament. In complete contrast comes the fourth suite from the ballet, The Golden Key…its eight sections of very differing moods being by turn lighthearted, sarcastic and funny. The St. Petersburg Orchestra obviously enjoyed it…Weinberg is very well worth exploring, and we are deeply grateful to Naxos for making that possible at budget price. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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