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Chamber Music for Woodwinds

M. Weinberg Audio CD
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  • Composer: M. Weinberg
  • Audio CD (June 26, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CPO
  • ASIN: B007S6R3CC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For some years now the extensive and highly significant oeuvre of the Polish-Russian composer Weinberg has been, little by little, accepted and honored little in the West. If in his early piano compositions Weinberg created surprises with his unexpected musical maturity, then the chamber works for woodwinds selected here display even more emotional depth, seriousness, and drama. And the interpreters, with Blumina on the piano, skillfully master the astonishingly high technical demands of these pieces.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Weinberg chamber music woodwinds July 15, 2012
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Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996), a Soviet-Russian composer of Polish-Jewish origin, was also known as Moisey Vainberg, Moishe Vainberg, or Moisey Samuilovich Vaynberg. From 1939 he lived in the Soviet Union and Russia and lost most of his family in the Holocaust. His large output, which until recently has been unjustly neglected, includes 25 symphonies, over 40 film and animation scores, 7 operas, 17 string quartets, and many instrumental and recital works. Influences upon Weinberg's compositional style include Shostakovich Prokofiev, Myaskovsky, Bartok, and Mahler. His trumpet concerto, for example, quotes Mendelssohn's well-known Wedding March. Ethnic influences include Moldavian, Polish, Uzbek, and Armenian elements, as well as Jewish music.
Lovers of rare 20th-century chamber music should find something to enjoy on this new CD from CPO, which includes two early works from the 1940s, the Clarinet Sonata, Op. 28, and 12 Miniatures for Flute and Piano, Op. 29, plus two works from the 1980s, the solo Bassoon Sonata, Op. 133 (1981), and the Trio for Flute, Viola, and Harp, Op. 127 (1980). To my ear, the Trio sounds atonal, but since I'm not a musician I can neither affirm nor refute this.
The recorded sound is first-class.
Ted Wilks
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