Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Concertos, Fantasia for Cello Op 52, etc / Svedlund, Gunnarsson, Claesson, Jonhäll, et al

> Fantasia, Op. 52 - Adagio - Andantino leggiero -
> Fantasia, Op. 52 - Allegro con fuoco - Cadenza -
> Fantasia, Op. 52 - Andantino leggiero - Adagio
> Flute Concerto No. 2, Op. 148 - I. Allegro
> Flute Concerto No. 2, Op. 148 - II. Largo
> Flute Concerto No. 2, Op. 148 - III. Allegretto - Andante molto ritenuto
> Flute Concerto, Op. 75 - I. Allegro
> Flute Concerto, Op. 75 - II. Largo -
> Flute Concerto, Op. 75 - III. Allegro comodo
> Clarinet Concerto, Op. 104 - I. Allegro
> Clarinet Concerto, Op. 104 - II. Andante -
> Clarinet Concerto, Op. 104 - III. Allegretto

Album Summary

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Fantasy for cello & orchestra, Op. 52
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Concerto for Flute no 2, Op. 148
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Concerto for Flute in D minor, Op. 75
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Concerto for clarinet & string orchestra, Op. 104
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The open approach to form displayed in this work is never more at hand than in the clarinet writing, and Claesson leads the performance with agile and spirited playing. He tackles every trill and every tricky arpeggio with the same confidence. His commitment is met by that of the orchestra and conductor, who produce energetic and expressive playing that supports and intercedes with the clarinet well." -MusicalCriticism.com

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Appreciation of the Polish-born Mieczyspaw Weinberg has increased markedly over recent years. This collection of four concertos covers a fair proportion of the composer's maturity. The Cello Fantasia (1953) is a deftly through-composed design recalling the Myaskovsky Concerto in a melodic directness that yet conceals considerable expressive depths. The flute concertos are both lighter in content though not necessarily in manner: No 1 (1961) places its ruminative passacaglia between movements whose effervescence is often tempered by the ambivalent strains of klezmer, while No 2 (1987) places a brooding Largo between an Allegro that elides, Nielsen-like, between its frequently conflicting ideas and a finale whose valedictory allusions to the music of others are fitting in the context of one of Weinberg's last works.

Yet it is the Clarinet Concerto (1970) that is the real discovery here. On a substantial scale, it allows the soloist subtle dominance against a string orchestra that, in the first movement, evinces a sparseness often redolent of (though not indebted to) late Shostakovich and which, in the Andante, blends austerity with poetry to touching effect - before a finale whose dancing gait prevails in the face of more disruptive elements.

The soloists are finely attuned to their respective concertos, and Thord Svedlund secures an incisive response from his Gothenburg forces. Excellent sound and a welcome addition to the Weinberg discography.

Gramophone Magazine
... it is the Clarinet Concerto (1970)... is the real discovery here. ... it allows the soloist subtle dominance against a string orchestra that, in the first movement, evinces a sparseness often redolent of... late Shostakovich and which, in the Andante, blends austerity with poetry to touching effect...

International Record Review
one of the most exciting discs to come my way in a long time...



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Works Details

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Fantasy for cello & orchestra, Op. 52
  • Performer: Claes Gunnarsson (Cello)
  • Conductor: Thord Svedlund
  • Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden (06/13/2005-06/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Concerto for Flute no 2, Op. 148
  • Performer: Anders Johnhäll (Flute)
  • Conductor: Thord Svedlund
  • Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden (06/13/2005-06/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1987

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Concerto for Flute in D minor, Op. 75
  • Performer: Anders Johnhäll (Flute)
  • Conductor: Thord Svedlund
  • Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden (06/13/2005-06/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1961

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Concerto for clarinet & string orchestra, Op. 104
  • Performer: Urban Claesson (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Thord Svedlund
  • Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden (12/19/2005-12/20/2005)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970