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Symphonies, Volume 1

Weinberg: Symphony No. 5/ Sinfonietta No. 1

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2003

Originally recorded in 2003

Artists:

National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Katowice


Gabriel Chmura



Venue:

Grzegorz Fitelberg Concert Hall, Katowice, Poland



Producer:

Beata Jankowska



Engineer:

Beata Jankowska



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 67:17
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Symphonies, Volume 1

 

MIECZYSLAW WEINBERG

(1919-1996)
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Symphony No. 5, Op. 76 (1962)

45:32  
  in F minor - in f-Moll - en fa mineur  
1 I Allegro moderato 13:07
2 II Adagio sostenuto 12:30
3 III Allegro 7:24
4 IV Andantino 12:21
   
 

Sinfonietta No. 1, Op. 41 (1948)

22:08  
5 I Allegro risoluto 4:50
6 II Lento 7:42
7 III Allegretto 3:19
8 IV Vivace 6:04
Moyssey Samuilovich Weinberg
Poland/Russia, 1919-1996

This is the first disc in Chandos’ exciting new Weinberg Symphonies series.

As well as being the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director since 2001, Gabriel Chmura is a regular guest conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège and Principal Conductor of the OFUNAM Orchestra in Mexico.

Weinberg was one of the most prolific and inventive creative figures of the twentieth century. The reason for the neglect of his music is largely political, for Weinberg, as a bourgeois Jew, suffered under both Nazism and Socialism. It is only since the barriers between the Soviet Union and the West have relaxed, that scholars worldwide are realising the importance of Weinberg’s legacy.

The National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra is Poland’s leading orchestra and has premiered many works by some of the 20th century’s most significant composers, including Lutosławski, Penderecki and Górecki.



Shostakovich described Weinberg as ‘one of the most outstanding composers of the present day’. That someone who endured the horrors of Nazi genocide, World War II and the Gulag managed to compose at all is extraordinary, let alone produce an oeuvre of such size and quality (nineteen symphonies, four chamber symphonies, two sinfoniettas, seventeen string quartets and numerous other pieces of chamber music as well as seven operas). Weinberg was the only one of his family to escape Nazi atrocities during the war. His father-in-law was assassinated by the Soviet authorities. Weinberg himself was detained and came close to death in 1953 when he was falsely accused of plotting to set up a Jewish republic in the Crimea.
Weinberg’s music shares stylistic traits with that of Shostakovich which is unsurprising, considering the closeness of their relationship. They met in 1943 when, as a refugee in the Soviet Union, Weinberg sent him a score of his First Symphony. The older composer was so impressed that he arranged for Weinberg to be officially invited to Moscow. Weinberg felt as if he had been ‘born anew’ through their encounter. It was not a question of his taking lessons, rather, he had found someone in whom he could confide. The two composers would play each of their newly completed works to one another – Weinberg was the primary source of the Jewish musical influences in Shostkovich’s music.
Besides Shostakovich, other palpable influences on Weinberg’s music were Prokofiev, Stravinsky and especially Mahler. More of a romantic than his mentor, his music is notable for the lyrical beauty of its melodies and its extraordinarily fine thematic development.



'Gabriel Chmura has a demostrable feel for the fine-honed intensity which chracterizes Weinbergs thinking. On the basis of its first instalment, the, this traversal of his symphonies is set to be a rewarding one.
International Record Review

'Weinberg wrote 22 Symphonies, and if this disc is an indication of what is to come, then Chandos' complete cycle will be a landmark.'
The Independent

''Gabriel Chmura has a demostrable feel for the fine-honed intensity which chracterizes Weinberg's thinking. On the basis of its first instalment, the, this traversal of his symphonies is set to be a rewarding one.'
International Record Review

Weinberg wrote 22 Symphonies, and if this disc is an indication of what is to come, then Chandos complete cycle will be a landmark.
The Independent

These are superb and passionately idiomatic performances in very good sound.
BBC Music Magazine

…superb and passionately idiomatic performances in very good sound.
BBC Music Magazine

…if this disc is an indication of whats to come, then Chandos complete cycle will be a landmark.
The Independent

'These are superb and passionately idiomatic performances in very good sound.'
BBC Music Magazine




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T Steenslid