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Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Chamber Music for Woodwinds / Henrik Wiese, Wenzel Fuchs, Elisaveta Blumina

Audio Samples

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for clarinet & piano, Op. 28
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Miniatures (12) for flute & piano, Op. 29
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for solo bassoon, Op. 133
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Trio for flute, viola & harp (or piano), Op. 127

Album Summary

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for clarinet & piano, Op. 28
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Miniatures (12) for flute & piano, Op. 29
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for solo bassoon, Op. 133
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Trio for flute, viola & harp (or piano), Op. 127
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

For some years now the extensive and highly significant oeuvre of the Polish-Russian composer Weinberg has been, little by little, accepted and honored little in the West. If in his early piano compositions Weinberg created surprises with his unexpected musical maturity, then the chamber works for woodwinds selected here display even more emotional depth, seriousness, and drama. And the interpreters, with Blumina on the piano, skillfully master the astonishingly high technical demands of these pieces.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
The liner notes, a well-written overview of the composer's life, reveal in a sympathetic light the awareness the composer had of the critical influence history has on music. In short, he understood that as much as one tried, history only remembers music whose composers were moved by genius. He clearly worked very hard in his life to convey humanistic ideals in his music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Siemensvilla, Berlin-Lankwitz (2009-12-10&2009-12-12&2009-).



Reviews

Weinberg chamber music for woodwinds
Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996), a Soviet-Russian composer of Polish-Jewish origin, was also known as Moisey Vainberg, Moishe Vainberg, or Moisey Samuilovich Vaynberg. From 1939 he lived in the Soviet Union and Russia and lost most of his family in the Holocaust. His large output, which until recently has been unjustly neglected, includes 25 symphonies, over 40 film and animation scores, 7 operas, 17 string quartets, and many instrumental and recital works. Influences upon Weinberg's compositional style include Shostakovich Prokofiev, Myaskovsky, Bartok, and Mahler. His trumpet concerto, for example, quotes Mendelssohn's well-known Wedding March. Ethnic influences include Moldavian, Polish, Uzbek, and Armenian elements, as well as Jewish music.
Lovers of rare 20th-century chamber music should find something to enjoy on this new CD from CPO, which includes two early works from the 1940s, the Clarinet Sonata, Op. 28, and 12 Miniatures for Flute and Piano, Op. 29, plus two works from the 1980s, the solo Bassoon Sonata, Op. 133 (1981), and the Trio for Flute, Viola, and Harp, Op. 127 (1980). To my ear, the Trio sounds atonal, but since I'm not a musician I can neither affirm nor refute this.
The recorded sound is first-class.
Ted Wilks
Submitted on 07/15/12 by Ted Wilks 
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Works Details

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for clarinet & piano, Op. 28
  • Performers: Wenzel Fuchs (Clarinet); Elisaveta Blumina (Piano)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla, Berlin-Lankwitz (2009-12-10&2009-12-12&2009-)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Miniatures (12) for flute & piano, Op. 29
  • Performers: Henrik Wiese (Flute); Elisaveta Blumina (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for solo bassoon, Op. 133
  • Performer: Mathias Baier (Bassoon)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla, Berlin-Lankwitz (2009-12-10&2009-12-12&2009-)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1981

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Trio for flute, viola & harp (or piano), Op. 127
  • Performers: Henrik Wiese (Flute); Uta Jungwirth (Harp); Nimrod Guez (Viola)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla, Berlin-Lankwitz (2009-12-10&2009-12-12&2009-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979