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Weiner: Violin Sonatas / Hagai Shaham, Arnon Erez

Album Summary

>Weiner, Leó : Sonata for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 9
>Weiner, Leó : Sonata for Violin no 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 11
>Weiner, Leó : Pereg recruiting Dance, Op. 40
>Weiner, Leó : Wedding Dance, Op. 21
>Weiner, Leó : Hungarian folkdances (3) for piano
>Weiner, Leó : Easy Little Pieces (20)
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Notes & Reviews:

Violinist Hagai Shaham returns with a new disc of music by Leo Weiner (1885-1960) - a much-respected national figure in Hungary, but one who never established the same level of international recognition as Bartok and Kodaly. Weiner's two violin sonatas are the focus of this disc. The first is reminiscent of the Brahms sonatas in mood and structure, but Wiener regarded the second sonata as one of his most important works. The remainder of this disc is centered on Weiner's works based upon different kinds of Hungarian folk tunes.

'Highly enjoyable ... full of charm and wit ... The playing is exemplary ... Shaham and Erez make the best possible case for these pieces, duly wearing hearts on sleeve where appropriate' (International Record Review)

'Shaham's pungent, occasionally acidic string tone is perfect for Weiner's mixture of extravagance and cool ... Great elegance and flamboyant ease' (The Guardian)

'Hagai Shaham plays with a large, richly Romantic tone and a feeling for the grand gestures in which the music delivers its message and the ethnic matrix from which it emerged. But he also has the virtuosic flair to put across the most flamboyant numbers' (Fanfare, USA)

'The excellent Israeli violinist Hagai Shaham and his accompanist of many years Arnon Erez (together they won the 1990 ARD Competition have recorded Leo Weiner's two magnificent early violin sonatas... with such devotion and such a feeling for the sensual glow of this music that, from the very first bar, one is totally transfixed by the art of their musical seduction... Hagai Shaham links a perfect technique with the mesmerizing beauty of his fiery sound; he embodies the ideal Hungarian gipsy-violinist, the highly cultivated Prince Charming who will give it "his all" to cast a spell on his listeners... Nowadays, violinists with such charisma have become very rare and should therefore be especially cherished... the old-fashioned magic of Shaham's sound' (Stereoplay, CD of the Month)

Gramophone Magazine
Taken on his own terms Weiner is a composer of much personality and spirit. There's a self-confidence to both his sonatas that is very appealing and he certainly demands much of both players...as an snapshot of Weiner's diverse talents, it's an absorbing listen.



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Works Details

>Leó Weiner (Composer) (1885 - 1960) : Sonata for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 9
  • Performers: Arnon Erez (Piano); Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Notes: Jerusalem Music Centre, Jerusalem (06/01/2008-06/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Leó Weiner (Composer) (1885 - 1960) : Sonata for Violin no 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 11
  • Performers: Arnon Erez (Piano); Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Notes: Jerusalem Music Centre, Jerusalem (06/01/2008-06/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Leó Weiner (Composer) (1885 - 1960) : Pereg recruiting Dance, Op. 40
  • Performers: Arnon Erez (Piano); Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Notes: Jerusalem Music Centre, Jerusalem (06/01/2008-06/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Leó Weiner (Composer) (1885 - 1960) : Wedding Dance, Op. 21
  • Performers: Arnon Erez (Piano); Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Notes: Jerusalem Music Centre, Jerusalem (06/01/2008-06/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Leó Weiner (Composer) (1885 - 1960) : Hungarian folkdances (3) for piano
  • Performers: Arnon Erez (Piano); Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Notes: Jerusalem Music Centre, Jerusalem (06/01/2008-06/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Leó Weiner (Composer) (1885 - 1960) : Easy Little Pieces (20)
  • Performers: Arnon Erez (Piano); Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Notes: Jerusalem Music Centre, Jerusalem (06/01/2008-06/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948