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WEINBERG, Mieczyslaw (1919-1996)

COMPLETE PIANO WORKS [4-CD BOXED SET]


  • Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano

Polish by birth, Mieczyslaw Weinberg escaped to the Soviet Union in 1939 and became a close friend and musical disciple of Shostakovich. He was a distinguished concert pianist, and piano music formed an important part of his prolific output. From pragmatic yet sophisticated pieces for children to the introspective and moving Sonatas, Weinberg’s music reflects his life in its blend of optimism, tragedy and bitter-sweet humour.

Tracklist

Disc 1
 
Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 5 (1940) (00:15:00 )
1
I. Adagio (00:06:14)
2
II. Allegretto (00:02:39)
3
III. Andantino (00:03:12)
4
IV. Allegro molto (00:03:48)
5
Berceuse, Op. 1 (1935) (00:05:06)
 
Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 8 (1942) (00:20:00 )
6
I. Allegro (00:05:11)
7
II. Allegretto (00:03:09)
8
III. Adagio (00:07:48)
9
IV. Vivace (00:04:22)
 
2 Mazurkas (1933) (00:04:00 )
10
Mazurka No. 1 in F Minor (00:02:59)
11
Mazurka No. 2 in A Minor (00:01:17)
 
Piano Sonata, Op. 49bis () (00:15:00 )
12
I. Allegro leggiero (00:04:55)
13
II. Andantino (00:04:41)
14
III. Allegretto (00:05:36)
Disc 2
 
Partita, Op. 54 (1954) (00:22:00 )
1
I. Prelude (00:00:58)
2
II. Chorale (00:01:56)
3
III. Serenade (00:01:17)
4
IV. Sarabande (00:03:01)
5
V. Intermezzo (00:01:34)
6
VI. March (00:04:57)
7
VII. Aria (00:03:13)
8
VIII. Ostinato (00:01:37)
9
IX. Etude (00:01:45)
10
X. Canon (00:02:16)
 
Piano Sonatina, Op. 49 (1951) (00:06:00 )
11
I. Allegro leggiero (00:02:21)
12
II. Adagietto lugubre (00:02:55)
13
III. Allegretto (00:01:23)
 
Piano Sonata No. 4 in B Minor, Op. 56 (1955) (00:32:00 )
14
I. Allegro (00:08:09)
15
II. Allegro (00:07:30)
16
III. Adagio (00:06:26)
17
IV. Allegro (00:09:30)
Disc 3
 
Children's Notebook, Book 1, Op. 16 (1945) (00:12:00 )
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) (00:16:00 )
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) (00:11:00 )
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) (00:18:00 )
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)
Disc 4
 
Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 31 (1946) (00:22:00 )
1
I. Allegro tranquillo (00:09:25)
2
II. Adagio (00:05:34)
3
III. Moderato con moto (00:06:51)
 
Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 58 (1956) (00:25:00 )
4
I. Allegro (00:09:20)
5
II. Andante (00:07:10)
6
III. Allegretto (00:08:36)
 
2 Fugues for Ludmila Berlinskaya () (00:04:00 )
7
No. 1. — (00:01:59)
8
No. 2. — (00:01:41)
 
Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 73 (1960) (00:14:00 )
9
I. Adagio (00:06:54)
10
II. Allegro molto (00:07:06)
Total Time: 04:08:10

The Artist(s)

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.

The Composer(s)

Like his friend and mentor, Shostakovich, Weinberg was a composer and pianist, whose career progressively emphasized the former rôle at the expense of the latter. From the age of twelve, after an initial period of self-tuition and some experience in his father’s band of theatre musicians, he began taking piano lessons from one Mrs Matulewicz (first name unknown), who ran a music school in Warsaw and who soon realised that his talent would be best nurtured at the Warsaw Conservatory. There he came under the supervision of Józef Turczynski (1884–1953), a pianist and pedagogue of considerable repute. His own recordings, notably of his Piano Quintet with the Borodin Quartet, of Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony in duet with the composer, and of the première of Shostakovich’s cycle of Blok Romances, where he stood in for the indisposed Sviatoslav Richter, testify to his continuing fluency.

Reviews

“Harmonically slippery, by turns ironically wry or darkly elusive, they are excellent works, and Franzetti’s bravura performances make an emphatic case for their artistic significance.” – Culture Catch

“Allison Brewster Franzetti does a marvelous job bringing out the Weinberg ethos. She seems made for this music.” – Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review