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Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Cello Concerto; Symphony No. 20 / Claes Gunnarsson, cello

Album Summary

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Symphony no 20, Op. 150
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Concerto for Cello, Op. 43
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This is the fourth disc in our series dedicated to the orchestral works of Mieczyslaw Weinberg, performed by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under Thord Svedlund. The cello soloist is Claes Gunnarsson, one of Sweden's leading cellists, who combines the post as Principal Cello of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra with a brilliant solo career. A previous volume in the Chandos Weinberg series (CHSA 5089: Symphony No. 3 and Suite No. 4 from The Golden Key) was nominated for a Grammy this year, in the Best Engineered Album category.

The Arts Desk
Very, very occasionally you come across unknown pieces of music which have an instant, overwhelming physical impact...Weinberg's 1948 Cello Concerto is one of those works, an understated jewel...The opening Adagio of the concerto is a stunner, an effortless, lyrical outpouring which has haunted me for weeks...Beautiful sound and excellent performances.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Vainberg's Cello Concerto reveals its Slavic parentage immediately in the slow first movement's melancholy theme, sung by the solo cello at the very beginning. The work's inheritance from Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich clearly established, a wistful moderato follows, with elements of gentle tango rhythms played off against Hebraically inflected figures. III is fast and virtuosic, not far in manner from Khachaturian's bravura finales. The concerto finishes with a lively rondo that eventually returns to I's slow tempo, reprising its opening melody and soulful melancholy. With a plenitude of inviting tunes, appealing solo part, admirable craftsmanship, engaging but unpretentious warmth, and easy-to-grasp formal and emotional patterns, this wonderful concerto is sure to please most music lovers on first hearing and would make a good introduction to the composer for anyone who hasn't yet discovered him.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2012
Chandos's burgeoning Weinberg series goes from strength to strength with this latest stunningly engineered release featuring two works of strikingly different character...it would be difficult to imagine a more assured and committed performance than is provided by the Gothenburg Symphony under Thord Svedlund.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
Svedlund keeps the pacing taut, the dynamics squeezed and turns Weinberg's parting mystery - an incongruous blare of quasi-conquering C major - into a proper head-scratcher.

International Record Review, June 2012
Claes Gunnarsson delivers a perceptive account of a work which could yet achieve well-deserved popularity...Thord Svedlund secures playing from the Gothenburg Symphony of an insight and commitment equal to that on the previous instalments in this series...In its bringing together the most approachable and inscrutable aspects of the composer's creativity, indeed, this is as thought-provoking a release as any in the Weinberg discography.

MusicWeb International, August 2012
There is no way to prepare the new listener for Mieczyslaw Weinberg's cello concerto...the concerto's opening throws aside all pretensions, all formal dress, and simply exposes its heart...It deserves to be a mainstay of every cellist's repertoire.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden.


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Works Details

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Symphony no 20, Op. 150
  • Conductor: Thord Svedlund
  • Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden (08/11/2011-08/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1988

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Concerto for Cello, Op. 43
  • Performer: Claes Gunnarsson (Cello)
  • Conductor: Thord Svedlund
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden (08/22/2011-08/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1948