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WEINBERG, M.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Brewster Franzetti)

Composer(s):Weinberg, Mieczyslaw
Artist(s) Brewster Franzetti, Allison, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue GP603
Label Grand Piano
Quality   320kbps
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The works on this first volume of the complete piano works of Mieczysław Weinberg range from very early yet characterful Mazurkas and the remarkably intense Lullaby, his Opus 1, to the at times dissonant Piano Sonata No 1 and the more classically oriented Piano Sonata No 2. The Sonata, Op 49bis is a 1978 expansion and rebalancing of a work originally completed in 1951.

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Review By Jean-Christophe Le Toquin,,August 2013

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

Review By,April 2012

Weinberg (1919–1996) is sometimes mentioned as the third great Russian/Soviet composer of the 20th century, after Prokofiev and Shostakovich, but his works are far less frequently played than theirs. And he is primarily known for orchestral music, including 22 symphonies and seven operas, plus chamber music (17 string quartets) and film scores (about 40). Still, he wrote six piano sonatas and a fair amount of other piano music, and Allison Brewster Franzetti makes a strong case for this first batch of it, which includes his first two sonatas and world première recordings of three other works. Sonata No. 1 dates to 1940 and has a modern, or rather modernistic, feel, with considerable dissonance. Sonata No. 2 (1942) has more-classical poise and balance and a greater


Review By James Manheim,,April 2012

not the best samples of Weinberg’s mature style, but all are worthwhile. The Two Mazurkas, Op. 10, and Lullaby, Op. 1, were Weinberg’s earliest works, written during his teenage years, with all kinds of unexpected youthful complications arising from simple tonal material. The Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 8, is a pure essay in Prokofiev’s style; it was premiered by Emil Gilels. A bit more interesting is the slightly earlier Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 5, with tough dissonances kept in check by contrapuntal passages. The mood, although not the specific language, recall early Shostakovich. The final Piano Sonata, Op. 49bis, will also be of interest to Soviet music buffs. It had its origins in a work written during the repression of Stalin’s culture czar Andrei


Review By Craig Zeichner,,March 2012

Allison Brewster Franzetti is the soloist on this first volume of Weinberg’s complete piano music for Naxos’s new Grand Piano label.



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