Russian Piano Music, Vol. 10 – Weinberg II


Catalogue No: DDA 25107
EAN/UPC: 809730510724
Release Date: November 2012
Genres: ,
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 66:46

Mieczyslaw Weinberg (aka Moisey Vainberg) was in fact born and raised in Poland, but the vast majority of his compositional career was in the Soviet Union and he remained there for the rest of his life, in Moscow. He therefore comes well within the definition of ‘Russian’ for the purpose of this series and was certainly treated as such by the authorities. This and the preceding album (DDA 25105) which includes the first three sonatas, were originally released on the now defunct Olympia label but had a relativley short life and restricted distribution, and are still the only full recordings of these very fine works. This is music which though modern is written to comply with Soviet requirements and is thus also very approachable and melodic without ever being trite or unoriginal.

Track Listing

    Mieczyslaw Weinberg:

  1. I. Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 56 − I. Allegro (7:01)
  2. II. Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 56 − II. Allegro (3:13)
  3. III. Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 56 − III. Adagio (8:13)
  4. IV. Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 56 − IV. Allegro (8:03)
  5. I. Piano Sonata No. 5, Op, 58 − I. Allegro (8:40)
  6. II. Piano Sonata No. 5, Op, 58 − II. Andante (10:27)
  7. III. Piano Sonata No. 5, Op, 58 − III. Allegretto (7:49)
  8. I. Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 73 − I. Adagio (6:57)
  9. II. Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 73 − II. Allegro molto (5:40)



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