Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 3 - 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34; Can-Can; Children's Notebook / Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano

> Children's Notebook, Book 1, Op. 16 - I. Larghetto
> Children's Notebook, Book 1, Op. 16 - II. Allegro
> Children's Notebook, Book 1, Op. 16 - III. Moderato maestoso
> Children's Notebook, Book 1, Op. 16 - IV. Tempo di valse
> Children's Notebook, Book 1, Op. 16 - V. Allegretto
> Children's Notebook, Book 1, Op. 16 - VI. Presto
> Children's Notebook, Book 1, Op. 16 - VII. Andante tranquillo
> Children's Notebook, Book 1, Op. 16 - VIII. Larghetto
> Children's Notebook, Book 2, Op. 19 - I. Largo
> Children's Notebook, Book 2, Op. 19 - II. Allegretto
> Children's Notebook, Book 2, Op. 19 - III. Moderato
> Children's Notebook, Book 2, Op. 19 - IV. Lento
> Children's Notebook, Book 2, Op. 19 - V. Allegro
> Children's Notebook, Book 2, Op. 19 - VI. Andantino
> Children's Notebook, Book 2, Op. 19 - VII. Marziale lugubre
> Children's Notebook, Book 2, Op. 19 - VIII. Andante
> Children's Notebook, Book 3, Op. 23 - I. Allegro marcato
> Children's Notebook, Book 3, Op. 23 - II. Allegro commodo
> Children's Notebook, Book 3, Op. 23 - III. Moderato
> Children's Notebook, Book 3, Op. 23 - IV. Prestissmo
> Children's Notebook, Book 3, Op. 23 - V. Allegretto quasi andantino
> Children's Notebook, Book 3, Op. 23 - VI. Lento funebre
> Children's Notebook, Book 3, Op. 23 - VII. Andantino semplice
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 1. Merry March
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 2. The Nightingale
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 3. The Skipping Rope
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 4. Baba-Yaga
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 5. Playmates
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 6. The Sick Doll
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 7. A Tin Soldier
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 8. A Grandmother's Fairy Tale
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 9. The Shepherd Boy
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 10. Hide and Seek
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 11. Old Man Frost
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 12. Melancholy Waltz
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 13. The Goldfish
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 14. Petrushka's Lament
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 15. Game of Tag
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 16. The Little Ball
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 17. Lullaby for a Doll
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 18. Bear Cubs
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 19. Little Rabbits
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 20. The Gray Wolf
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 21. Good Night
> Can-Can - Can-Can

Album Summary

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Children's Notebook no 1, for piano, Op. 16
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Children's Notebook no 2, for piano, Op. 19
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Children's Notebook no 3, for piano, Op. 23
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Easy pieces (17) for piano, Op. 34
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Can-Can, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

While Weinberg was establishing his reputation in Moscow with serious music, he also composed twenty-three charming miniatures to meet the demand for children's music in the Soviet Union. These were criticized for being too sophisticated, but like the 21 Easy Pieces may be intended for audiences of all ages. Allison Brewster Franzetti renders them beautifully.

Expedition Audio Recommended
...Weinberg has been called by some critics to be among the three greatest Soviet composers along with Shostakovich and Prokofiev, and the influence of those masters, along with Bartók and Myaskovsky can be heard in this music. The performances by Allison Brewster Franzetti and the sound quality provided by the Grand Piano label are first rate.... read more ...

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
Volume 3 of Russian composer Mieczyslaw Vainburg's piano music is given over to children's music and "simple" preludes. Written in the 1940s, these are lucid and concise, full of appealing melody and tonal. As with the children's pieces of Bartok and Villa-Lobos, they display a great deal of imagination and invention with few notes. Whether perky, lyrical, funereal, or impish, they make their point. Still, they are straightforward in conception. This is the kind of minimalism that makes the term meaningful. Allison Brewster Franzetti's clear, honest, expressively voiced pianism is ideal for this repertory. The recording, made at Keane University in New Jersey, is excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Enlow Hall, Kean University Hillside, New Jersey, USA (06/25/2010-06/26/2010).



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Works Details

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Children's Notebook no 1, for piano, Op. 16
  • Performer: Allison Franzetti (Piano)
  • Notes: Enlow Hall, Kean University Hillside, New Jersey, USA (06/25/2010-06/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Children's Notebook no 2, for piano, Op. 19
  • Performer: Allison Franzetti (Piano)
  • Notes: Enlow Hall, Kean University Hillside, New Jersey, USA (06/25/2010-06/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Children's Notebook no 3, for piano, Op. 23
  • Performer: Allison Franzetti (Piano)
  • Notes: Enlow Hall, Kean University Hillside, New Jersey, USA (06/25/2010-06/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Easy pieces (17) for piano, Op. 34
  • Performer: Allison Franzetti (Piano)
  • Notes: Enlow Hall, Kean University Hillside, New Jersey, USA (06/25/2010-06/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Can-Can, for piano
  • Performer: Allison Franzetti (Piano)
  • Notes: Enlow Hall, Kean University Hillside, New Jersey, USA (06/25/2010-06/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern