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Weinberg’s fraught biography is reflected in many of the piano works which occupied the earlier part of his career. Some exemplify the extreme pressures placed on him, and others, to conform to official diktat – a period when he was arrested for ‘Jewish bourgeois nationalism’ – whilst others reveal the rich inspiration of folkloric music.
The second volume of the complete piano works ranges in date from 1950-55. The Partita, Op. 54 is notable for its alternation of the intimate and the intensely dramatic, whereas the Sonatina, Op.49 is lyrical, though never straightforward. The Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 56 fuses folk inspiration, rhythmic vivacity and melancholy in a profoundly personal way.
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Partita, Op. 54
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Piano Sonatina, Op. 49
I. Allegro leggiero
II. Adagietto lugubre
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Piano Sonata No. 4 in B minor, Op. 56
“[Brewster's] faultless technique has enabled her to be a persuasive advocate of this endlessly fascinating and powerfully stated music by a composer whose works are emerging to take their rightful place in the annals of great piano works of the 20th century.”
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