Weinberg: Complete Piano Works Volume 2

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Weinberg: Complete Piano Works Volume 2

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28th May 2012




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Weinberg: Complete Piano Works Volume 2


Sonatina, Op. 49

Partita, Op. 54

Piano Sonata No. 4 in B minor, Op. 56

Allison Brewster Franzetti (piano)



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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

I. Prelude

II. Chorale

III. Serenade

IV. Sarabande

V. Intermezzo

VI. March

VII. Aria

VIII. Ostinato

IX. Etude

X. Canon

Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Piano Sonatina, Op. 49

I. Allegro leggiero

II. Adagietto lugubre

III. Allegretto

Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Piano Sonata No. 4 in B minor, Op. 56

I. Allegro

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro

MusicWeb International

August 2012

“[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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