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Weinberg: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 10 / Barshai, Moscow CO; Moscow PO

Album Summary

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Symphony no 5 in F minor, Op. 76
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Symphony no 10 in A minor, Op. 98
Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Melodiya presents a collection of selected symphonies by Moisey Weinberg. Weinberg's vivid composing individuality, which combined elements of Jewish, Polish and Russian national cultures, allows us to speak about him as one of the most significant phenomena of domestic music of the second half of the 20th century. This collection features Symphonies Nos 5 and 10 composed during the period of the composer's most intensive creative activity in 1960s. A Fifth Symphony is philosophical and deep with wealth of slow tempos. The Tenth Symphony became one of the composer's creative peaks. Old genres and forms are organically combined here with music techniques of the 20th century. The outstanding Soviet conductors Kirill Kondrashin and Rudolf Barshai played a significant part in popularizing Weinberg's works. Many of Weinberg's composition were performed for the first time by the orchestras founded by the two conductors - the Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic Society and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. The Fifth Symphony was recorded by Kondrashin in 1975, and the Tenth one by Barshai in 1970.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
I discussed the Fifth (1962) at length in my review of a recording by Gabriel Chmura (May/June 2004). The work combines influences of Prokofieff and especially Shostakovich, suggesting what that composer might have written had he continued on the path of his first four symphonies. The effect is athletic, replete with register extremes and original solo writing. II recalls the slow movement of the Shostakovich Fifth. Melodiya's remastering has made the Kondrashin sound significantly fuller and richer than before.

Vainberg wrote Symphony No. 10 (1968) for Rudolf Barshai and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the performers here. It was specifically intended for 17 players, which I assume is how it was recorded.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 1970; 1975.



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>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Symphony no 5 in F minor, Op. 76
  • Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
  • Ensemble: Moscow Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 43 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1962

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Symphony no 10 in A minor, Op. 98
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1968