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WEINBERG, Mieczysław (1919-1996)

COMPLETE PIANO WORKS • 3

CHILDREN’S NOTEBOOKS, OPP. 16, 19 AND 23 • 21 EASY PIECES, OP. 34 • CAN-CAN Children'S Notebooks, Opp. 16, 19 And 23 • 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 • Can-Can


  • Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano

Whilst Weinberg was establishing his reputation in Moscow with a series of string quartets and other chamber music, he also wrote a sequence of piano music called Children’s Notebooks: twenty-three charming miniatures written to meet the strong demand for music for children in the Soviet Union. These sets, however, were criticised for so-called inappropriate sophistication. Possibly Weinberg’s aim was simply to compose good piano music that might be listened to by children but also played by older students, along the lines of Schumann’s Album for the Young and Scenes from Childhood. The 21 Easy Pieces for Piano are mood pictures, and harmonically a microcosm of Weinberg’s style. Although less technically demanding than the Notebooks, they are certainly not aimed at beginners. The Can-Can is a little jeu d’esprit dedicated to Olga Reznitskaya, who was later to become Weinberg’s second wife.

Tracklist

 
Children's Notebook, Book 1, Op. 16 (1945) (00:11:44 )
1
I. Larghetto (00:01:48)
2
II. Allegro (00:01:33)
3
III. Moderato maestoso (00:01:45)
4
IV. Tempo di valse (00:01:36)
5
V. Allegretto (00:01:21)
6
VI. Presto (00:01:02)
7
VII. Andante tranquillo (00:02:32)
8
VIII. Larghetto (00:01:33)
 
Children's Notebook, Book 2, Op. 19 (1945) (00:15:32 )
9
I. Largo (00:03:50)
10
II. Allegretto (00:01:24)
11
III. Moderato (00:01:15)
12
IV. Lento (00:02:38)
13
V. Allegro (00:01:47)
14
VI. Andantino (00:01:54)
15
VII. Marziale lugubre (00:01:50)
16
VIII. Andante (00:02:29)
 
Children's Notebook, Book 3, Op. 23 (1945) (00:11:15 )
17
I. Allegro marcato (00:01:43)
18
II. Allegro commodo (00:01:07)
19
III. Moderato (00:01:24)
20
IV. Prestissmo (00:01:21)
21
V. Allegretto quasi andantino (00:02:17)
22
VI. Lento funebre (00:03:05)
23
VII. Andantino semplice (00:01:41)
 
21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 (1946) (00:17:44 )
24
No. 1. Merry March (00:00:30)
25
No. 2. The Nightingale (00:01:00)
26
No. 3. The Skipping Rope (00:00:32)
27
No. 4. Baba-Yaga (00:00:29)
28
No. 5. Playmates (00:00:46)
29
No. 6. The Sick Doll (00:01:18)
30
No. 7. A Tin Soldier (00:00:57)
31
No. 8. A Grandmother's Fairy Tale (00:01:05)
32
No. 9. The Shepherd Boy (00:00:46)
33
No. 10. Hide and Seek (00:00:43)
34
No. 11. Old Man Frost (00:00:47)
35
No. 12. Melancholy Waltz (00:01:31)
36
No. 13. The Goldfish (00:00:36)
37
No. 14. Petrushka's Lament (00:00:33)
38
No. 15. Game of Tag (00:00:16)
39
No. 16. The Little Ball * (00:00:23)
40
No. 17. Lullaby for a Doll (00:02:03)
41
No. 18. Bear Cubs * (00:00:42)
42
No. 19. Little Rabbits * (00:00:40)
43
No. 20. The Gray Wolf * (00:00:41)
44
No. 21. Good Night (00:01:27)
45
Can-Can () * (00:01:09)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:01:49

The Artist

Brewster Franzetti, Allison

2008 GRAMMY® nominee for Best Instrumental Soloist without orchestra for 20th Century Piano Sonatas on Naxos Records (8.570401), Allison Brewster Franzetti has received international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for stunning virtuosity and musicality. She has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Long Island Philharmonic, English Sinfonia, Denver Symphony, Colonial Symphony, Queens Symphony, European Women’s orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Janáček Philharmonic, and the City of Prague Philharmonic. Solo recitals include critically acclaimed débuts at Merkin Hall, New York and Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, a special performance at the GRAMMY® Salute to Classical Music honoring Lang Lang and Earl Wild, and concerts throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Argentina and Japan. She is a 2003 GRAMMY® Award nominee and a 2002 Latin GRAMMY® Award nominee. An accomplished chamber musician, she has collaborated with renowned composers and performers, including Sir James Galway, John Corigliano, Carlos Franzetti, Lowell Liebermann, David Maslanka, Stephen Paulus, Eugenia zukerman, Julius Baker and Robert White.

Reviews

“It was a wonderful journey, and well worth taking with Allison Brewster Franzetti as our guide.” – Fanfare

“The performances by Allison Brewster Franzetti and the sound quality provided by the Grand Piano label are first rate” – Expedition Audio

“Allison Brewster Franzetti’s clear, honest, expressively voiced pianism is ideal for this repertory.” – American Record Guide

“Her two previous Weinberg volumes were very well received, and Brewster Franzetti again shows herself to be on multi-faceted, persuasive form.” – MusicWeb International