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WEINBERG, M.: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Cello Solo Sonatas Nos. 1 and 3 (Yablonsky, Hsin-ni Liu)

Composer(s):Weinberg, Mieczyslaw
Artist(s) Yablonsky, Dmitry, cello • Liu, Hsin-ni, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570333
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Born in Warsaw but forced to flee to Minsk and then Tashkent before finally settling in Moscow, Mieczysław Weinberg was, as Shostakovich remarked, ‘one of the most outstanding composers of the present day’ and a close friend of the older composer. His Cello Sonatas, the second of which was composed for Rostropovich, make masterful use of the cello’s expressive capabilities, while his sonatas for solo cello have been likened in importance to the suites of J.S. Bach. The first and third of these in particular, dedicated to Rostropovich, are significant contributions to the instrument’s repertoire.


Review By Record Geijutsu,February 2011


Review By Robert R. Reilly ,,May 2010

To sample how wonderful Weinberg’s chamber music is, go to the new Naxos disc featuring cellist Dmitry Yablonsky and pianist Hsin-Ni Liu (Naxos 8.570333) in the Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2, and Solo Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 3. Two of these four works were written for Mstislav Rostropovich, who compared Weinberg’s four Sonatas for Solo Cello with the Cello Suites of Bach. The melancholy First Cello Sonata is redolent of Shostakovich and of comparable quality. It is riveting and deeply moving. Weinberg sings his soul out in the solo cello pieces, which deserve Rostropovich’s accolade. The third movement Allegro of the First Solo Cello Sonata is so viscerally engaging that my fifteen-year-old son was remarking how good it was. Anyone who cares about Russian/Polish


Review By Jim Leonard ,,April 2010

…Yablonsky turns in spectacular performances of tremendous power and obvious commitment, as does pianist Hsin-Ni Liu in the two accompanied sonatas. Listeners who do not already know Shostakovich and Prokofiev’s sonatas should seek them out, but listeners who already do, and who want more of the same but different, are likely to enjoy this disc…


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