Russian Piano Music, Vol. 9 – Weinberg I


Catalogue No: DDA 25105
EAN/UPC: 809730510526
Release Date: October 2012
Genres: ,
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 70:35

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 Minsk (now the capital of independent Belarus). 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 succeeding album (DDA 25107) which includes the remaining three sonatas, were originally released on the now defunct Olympia label but had a relatively 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.

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Track Listing

    Mieczyslaw Weinberg:

  1. I. Piano Sonata no. 1, Op. 5 − I. Adagio (7:01)
  2. II. Piano Sonata no. 1, Op. 5 − II. Allegretto (2:12)
  3. III. Piano Sonata no. 1, Op. 5 − III. Andantino (2:14)
  4. IV. Piano Sonata no. 1, Op. 5 − IV. Allegro molto (3:05)
  5. I. Piano Sonata no. 2, Op. 8 − I. Allegro (4:13)
  6. II. Piano Sonata no. 2, Op. 8 − II. Allegretto (2:11)
  7. III. Piano Sonata no. 2, Op. 8 − III. Adagio (6:42)
  8. IV. Piano Sonata no. 2, Op. 8 − IV. Vivace (3:27)
  9. I. Piano Sonata no. 3, Op. 31 − I. Allegro tranquillo (9:35)
  10. II. Piano Sonata no. 3, Op. 31 − II. Adagio (7:27)
  11. III. Piano Sonata no. 3, Op. 31 − III. Moderato con moto (5:36)
  12. I. 17 Easy Pieces − No. 1 Merry March (0:20)
  13. II. 17 Easy Pieces − No. 2 The Nightingale (1:12)
  14. III. 17 Easy Pieces − No. 3 The Skipping Rope (0:29)
  15. IV. 17 Easy Pieces − No. 4 Baba Yaga (0:22)
  16. V. 17 Easy Pieces − No. 5 Playmates (0:48)
  17. VI. 17 Easy Pieces − No. 6 The Sick Doll (1:08)
  18. VII. 17 Easy Pieces − No. 7 A Tin Soldier (0:53)
  19. VIII. 17 Easy Pieces − No. 8 Grandmother’s Fairy Tale (1:09)
  20. IX. 17 Easy Pieces − No. 9 The Little Shepherd (0:53)
  21. X. 17 Easy Pieces − No. 10 Hide and Seek (0:35)
  22. XI. 17 Easy Pieces − No. 11 Father Frost (0:53)
  23. XII. 17 Easy Pieces − No. 12 Melancholy Waltz (1:05)
  24. XIII. 17 Easy Pieces − No. 13 The Goldfish (0:45)
  25. XIV. 17 Easy Pieces − No. 14 Petrushka’s Lament (0:35)
  26. XV. 17 Easy Pieces − No. 15 Catch me if you can (0:13)
  27. XVI. 17 Easy Pieces − No. 16 The Dolls (2:04)
  28. XVII. 17 Easy Pieces − No. 17 Good Night (1:34)



CLASSICAL CD OF THE WEEK. McLachlan fires off hardcore firecrackers right out of his hand. He’s off and away, wildly pouncing through the tumultuous passages – with unstoppable dynamism, galloping – not dancing. [I have] newfound, strengthened admiration for his world premiere recordings that are, for the time being, not being bettered but only made to sound better by the competition.

” —Jens Laurson
Musical Opinion

Soviet piano music almost on a par with Shostakovich and Prokofiev, admirably played by this splendidly gifted pianist. Virtually flawless playing and recording ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

” —James Palmer

The music of Weinberg is very fine. He is a superb craftsman … his compositions are relentlessly intense. Weinberg has a considerable melodic gift as well. It is pleasant to hear his work played by Murray McLachlan who has a beautiful supple tone, adding a wider field of sonority and textures than one would expect.

” —Raymond Beegle
Classical Music Sentinel

There has finally been an overdue resurgence of interest in the music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg … it’s reassuring to see the same care being applied to his piano music output. The Russian Piano Music Series of recordings on the Divine Art label has been a pleasure to follow, with one great release after another, and this 9th volume in the series is no exception. It’s proven to be my favorite yet. It may very well set the bar high for future Weinberg interpreters.

” —Jean-Yves Duperron
The Classical Reviewer

Formidable playing from Murray McLachlan. In the wrong hands this music could lose the flow, momentum and sense of structure but McLachlan maintains all of this superbly. Murray McLachlan is ideal in this repertoire, playing with both sensitivity and bravura. These beautifully produced discs are thoroughly recommended.

” —Bruce Reader
International Piano

Here [is volume 9] of Divine Art’s ever-enterprising Russian Piano Music Series. Murray McLachlan’s performance, here as elsewhere, is brawny, relentlessly energetic and fully committed.

” —Michael Round

Thoroughly idiomatic and assured playing.

” —Jonathan Woolf