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Russian Piano Music Series, Vol. 9: Mieczyslaw Weinberg / Murry McLachlan, piano

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> Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 5 - I. Adagio
> Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 5 - II. Allegretto
> Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 5 - III. Andantino
> Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 5 - IV. Allegro molto
> Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 8 - I. Allegro
> Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 8 - II. Allegretto
> Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 8 - III. Adagio
> Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 8 - IV. Vivace
> Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 31 - I. Allegro tranquillo
> Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 31 - II. Adagio
> Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 31 - III. Moderato con moto
> 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. Father 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. Catch Me if You Can
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 17. The Dolls
> 21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 - No. 21. Good Night

Album Summary

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 5
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for Piano no 2, Op. 8
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for Piano no 3, Op. 31
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Easy pieces (17) for piano, Op. 34
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Mieczyslaw Weinberg - who actually preferred the non-German spelling 'Vainberg' - was born in Warsaw in 1919, the son of a composer and violinist at a Jewish theatre. When he was only ten he began his musical career there as a pianist and music director. After the German invasion of Poland in 1939 he was forced to flee the country and he went to the USSR, initially to Minsk. There he attended composition classes at the conservatory for two years, but when the Germans attacked the USSR in 1941 he had to flee again: he spent the next few years at the opera house in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In the meantime his family had been murdered - burned alive - by the Germans. Weinberg was an extremely productive composer with an output ranging from a Requiem to circus music. He had a (perhaps not entirely fashionable) inclination towards large-scale, epic music; in this respect Mahler and Prokofiev were important role models. His musical style was extremely varied, however, and his richly-colored palette ranges from folk elements to dodecaphonic techniques. Folk-music elements were not only of Polish and Russian origin, but also Jewish and Moldavian.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ensemble Hall, Gothenburg University Music Department, (11/1996).



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Works Details

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 5
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for Piano no 2, Op. 8
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for Piano no 3, Op. 31
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Easy pieces (17) for piano, Op. 34
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946