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Ralph Graves
WTJU, February 2017

Vladimir Lande and the Siberian State Orchestra perform this powerful work with commitment and energy. And with sensitivity, giving Weinberg’s introspective passages the delicate poignancy they need. © 2017 WTJU Read complete review

Daniel Coombs
Audiophile Audition, January 2017

I am personally pleased by this entire series on Naxos with Vladimir Lande, and others. The performances are spectacular and the music speaks for itself. © 2017 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

David Fanning
Gramophone, January 2017

…this ranks as one of the finest in Naxos’s admirable contributions to Weinberg’s recorded symphonic oeuvre. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, January 2017

Throughout, the light and attractive writing with its tongue-in-cheek humour reminds me of the Shostakovich Jazz Suites from the 1930s. Especially memorable is the high-flying violin part in the lovely Romance and the Galop, a madcap romp.

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. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Uwe Krusch
Pizzicato, December 2016

The 17th Symphony and the Suite for orchestra are good examples for Weinberg’s personal style. The performance of the symphony is excellent… © 2016 Pizzicato

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, December 2016

Vladimir Lande and the Siberian Symphony Orchestra give us an impassioned reading, haunting in its great depth, meditative introspection and labyrinthine expression. The sonics are excellent and the performance never flags. © 2016 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, December 2016

A key enterprise of Mieczysław Weinberg’s later life was On the Threshold of War, his symphonic trilogy dedicated to the ‘memory of the fallen in the Great Patriotic War’. The Symphony No. 17 is the largest-scale of the three and one of Weinberg’s most eloquent pieces. The Suite is a less substantial but intriguing piece. © 2016 Classical CD Choice Read complete review

Gwyn Parry-Jones
MusicWeb International, November 2016

The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra, on the Naxos recording, plays well, even if the strings do lack the bloom of a really top-class outfit. The recording is extremely well-balanced, so that wonderful moments, such as the entry of the harpsichord in the second movement, make the maximum impact.

An impressive and enjoyable disc… © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review, November 2016

[This] latest recording featuring the very solid Vladimir Lande and the highly idiomatic Siberian State Symphony Orchestra (Krasnoyarsk) focuses on the first symphony of a trilogy that Weinberg wrote regarding World War II, known as the Great Patriotic War in what was then the Soviet Union. …The pairing of this very serious work with the world première recording of the Suite for Orchestra of 1950 is quite intriguing. …Weinberg here shows a light and uncomplicated side of his compositional personality that is quite surprising in view of the darkness of Symphony No. 17 and many other works. …The rediscovery of Weinberg is proceeding in fits and starts—his music is certainly worth meeting and exploring, and both his heavy and light aspects on this disc are ones whose acquaintance it is quite worthwhile to make. © 2016 Read complete review

Paul E. Robinson
Musical Toronto, November 2016

The performances on this CD, of both the Symphony No. 17 and the Suite by the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra (Krasnoyarsk) are very good. © 2016 Musical Toronto Read complete review

James Manheim, November 2016

The two works on the program are strikingly different from each other, and the opening piece, the 1950 Suite for Orchestra, is a world-premiere recording that’s worth the purchase price in itself. …the ongoing rediscovery of Weinberg’s music is well served by this release. © 2016 Read complete review

Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, October 2016

…the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra (Krasnoyarsk) tackles the music with technical and spiritual aplomb. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, October 2016

…this is the kind of undemanding music that was designed to please the crass Soviet apparatchiks who did not like [Weinberg] (or his Jewishness), but it’s no less attractive for that. The Symphony is given a very strong and characterful reading. © 2016 Classical CD Choice Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2016

Naxos are playing a vital part in the bringing to our attention the music of the Polish-born Mieczysław Weinberg, a composer who had a mixed career in Russia. He was befriended by Shostakovich on his arrival in Moscow, but unlike his famous dissident, Weinberg opted for a more accommodating relationship with the Soviet authorities after having survived a period of imprisonment for ‘Jewish subversion’. The present disc in a microcosm of that mixed life, the Suite for Orchestra being a spin-off of the populist music produced by Shostakovich, its five vivacious movements a gift for any ballet company. The Seventeenth Symphony, dating from 1982 is subtitled ‘Memory’, comes from a period when Russians were beginning to enjoy a greater artistic freedom, the score not rejoicing at the Russian victory in the Second World War, but of the horror than and since. The opening movement is tortured, full of misery and sadness, a mood hardly relieved in the following allegro, before Weinberg launches into a scherzo of pure war-torn conflict. All these many scenes return in a finale of fast flowing change, the ending one of emotional turmoil. It may not rank with the symphonies of Shostakovich, but this is a most important Russian-generated twentieth-century score. The playing of the Siberian orchestra under their conductor, Vladimir Lande, is quite stunning and offers one of the most persuasive discs of Weinberg I have yet encountered, the release coming as part of Lande’s projected seventeen disc series of music by Weinberg. The sound quality has excellent detail, dynamic range and impact. I hope Naxos will frequently revisit the orchestra. © 2016 David’s Review Corner

Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, September 2016

Lande’s performance of this symphony is so affecting that even as I listened, …I felt I was hearing it for the first time. This is really great art, the kind of music that summarizes tragedy and evokes these kind of feelings in the listener without shaming him or her into feeling that they are culpable for what happened.

…this is an indispensable recording for any Weinberg collector. …The Siberian State orchestra plays with vigor, precision and a beautiful tone, and Lande brings out the full measure of this score with tremendous passion. A splendid release. © 2016 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review

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