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Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, January 2015

WEINBERG, M.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Brewster Franzetti) GP603
WEINBERG, M.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Brewster Franzetti) GP607
WEINBERG, M.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3 (Brewster Franzetti) GP610
WEINBERG, M.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4 (Brewster Franzetti) GP611
WEINBERG, M.: Piano Works (Complete) (Brewster Franzetti) (4-CD Box Set) GP698-701

Brewster Franzetti…gives one full value in each and every piece. …I feel that these performances are authentic.

It was a wonderful journey, with its ups and downs, and well worth taking with Allison Brewster Franzetti as our guide. © 2015 Fanfare




Lee Passarella
Audiophile Audition, June 2013

This is the fourth in a series of complete piano music by Weinberg from Grand Piano and the second I’ve heard, graced by the magisterial playing of Allison Brewster Franzetti.

Again, Allison Franzetti seems the perfect advocate for Weinberg’s music, not only because she has the technical chops to play this often obsessive, astringent, steely music, but because she gets inside the music as well, sympathizing with Weinberg’s often troubling world view in a way that brings it home to a listener—at least to this listener. If you’ve been collecting this series, there’s no reason to hesitate. If you haven’t been and would like an entrée to Weinberg’s piano music, this should certainly fill the bill. © Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, April 2013

I’m now a fully fledged and paid-up member of the Weinberg admiration society. I might even say that I’m an addict who can’t get enough of him. With each new release I get temporary relief but always end up wanting more. This disc is good for me since I hadn’t previously heard his 3rd piano sonata.

Allison Brewster Franzetti is superb in this repertoire with thoughtful interpretations and a wonderfully fluid sound. This disc is equally impressive as the other of hers I reviewed here before: Complete Piano Works, vol. 2 which included Weinberg’s aforementioned Sonatina and his 4th sonata (review).

The introspection that Weinberg weaves into all his piano music is an element that I find particularly satisfying and like Shostakovich it is the solo piano works and chamber music where composers such as these can escape and be themselves, expressing their innermost thoughts in extremely personal ways. It is a privilege to be able to share in this and Franzetti has delivered these thoughts and feelings in a most telling way which makes for a wonderful rounding off of the complete piano works of this incredible musical personality. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2013

With this fourth volume in the complete piano works of Mieczysław Weinberg we come to the end of his major compositions for his own instrument. He was to live for another thirty-six years but he turned his back on that part of his life, dedicating much of his time to his formidable symphonic output. Much has been written that Weinberg was, to a degree, very acquiescent with the Communist regime, but you could say the same about Shostakovich, and there is certainly nothing populist in the three piano sonatas that span the period 1946 to 1960. They are three very intense and hard-hitting scores, seldom allowing the listener mental relaxation. All are based on tonality, though in the first movement of the Third I personally find an extended twelve tone row that is used to form a melodic pattern, and which then runs through the work. In the sonatas, that were to follow, the outer movements are hard hitting with passages are hammered out to create an obstinate rhythmic pattern, and though no programme of events that fashioned the works exist, the feeling is often of pent-up anger and frustration. Even in the quiet and slow movements there is an undercurrent of unease. The Sixth seems to distill thoughts into just two quite short movements. The remainder of the disc given to two fugues he composed so that a friend’s daughter could cheat by using them in her exam…Allison Brewster Franzetti deals admirably with the music’s extensive technically challenges. © David’s Review Corner



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, February 2013

If you aren’t familiar with the solo piano music of Mieczyław Weinberg, you may well be as happy as I am with what I am hearing. The Complete Piano Works 4 (Grand Piano 611) features Allison Brewster Franzetti in fine performances…

These are idiosyncratic Weinberg works, original, a bit melancholy, filled with great bursts of melodic counterpoint, motor impulse rhythms, the spice of modern harmonies and the grand sweep of greatness.

They are beautiful works, played with feeling and sensitivity by Ms. Franzetti. Highly recommended. © Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review





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