Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Children's Notebooks; Piano Sonata No. 1

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>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Children's Notebooks, for piano in 3 volumes, Opp. 16, 19, 23
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 5

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>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Children's Notebooks, for piano in 3 volumes, Opp. 16, 19, 23
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 5
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Notes & Reviews:

Although Mieczyslaw Weinberg composed his first piano sonata already at the age of twenty, it is of an emotional depth and musical maturity that are surprising for the work of a young man. His three piano albums composed during 1944-45 and entitled 'Children’s Notebooks' were dedicated to his twelve-year-old daughter Viktoria and published in Moscow in 1947. Depth, seriousness, drama, and what are mostly high technical demands distinguish these compositions by Weinberg not only from exercise pieces for children like Schumann’s 'Scenes of Childhood' and 'Album for Youth', the albums for children by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, and Khachaturian’s 'Pictures of Childhood' but also from programmatic music dedicated to the theme of the child like Mussorgsky’s 'The Nursery'. The musically complex pieces rich in contrasts are interpreted by Elisaveta Blumina, who was born in St. Petersburg and has earned accolades from the critics for her special gift for contemporary works.

"This disc presents the composer at his most approachable, making it an ideal introduction to his music. The Children's Notebooks were written for the composer's 12 year old daughter. She must have been an extremely competent pianist, because these aren't easy at all. If he gives her any concessions, it is in the number of notes on the page. That is perhaps what makes the pieces more approachable than most of his other music, the (relative) lightness of texture... Elisaveta Blumina gets the tone just right. There is plenty of turbulence here, and plenty of drama. But she also maintains that valuable clarity that makes these works so attractive. There is also an impressive coherency about the reading, a sense of stylistic logic that allows each movement to follow on from the last, often in spite of radical contrasts of mood and texture... Certainly, the Sonata deserves a place in the repertoire, and hopefully this excellent recording should help it to secure the reputation it deserves." -Classical-CD-Reviews.com

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Recording information: BR München, Studio 2 (11/08/2008-11/21/2008).



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>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Children's Notebooks, for piano in 3 volumes, Opp. 16, 19, 23
  • Performer: Elisaveta Blumina (Piano)
  • Notes: BR München, Studio 2 (11/08/2008-11/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 5
  • Performer: Elisaveta Blumina (Piano)
  • Notes: BR München, Studio 2 (11/08/2008-11/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940