“…Svedlund and his Gothenburgers are now old hats when it comes to Weinberg’s music, and the klipspringer confidence with which they leap about his often vertiginous textures is exhilarating.”
Martin Anderson – Tempo magazine – Vol 66 2012
Best of the Year for 2011
One of the best classical releases for 2011
Audiophile Auditon - 27 December 2011
Barry Brenesal - Fanfare - September/October 2011
“Two nourishing finds, sympathetically performed and sumptuously recorded.”
Andrew Achenbach – Gramophone – August 2011
Performance **** Recording *****
“… both works are projected with great energy and commitment by Thord Svedlund and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in this sumptuously recorded release.”
Erik Levi – BBC Music magazine – August 2011
"...in my opinion, one of his most charming and individual symphonies... based on many Russian folk elements, it boasts as ease of melodic creation and rhythmic fluidity rarely heard ... from any mid-20th century composer ... A short symphony packed with inventiveness, creative ideas, and most of all a writing skill matched by few. At the present time, this new recording seems to be the only recording available of this captivating symphonic work well worth investigating.This Weinberg dedicated series of recordings from Chandos has been a pleasure to follow since day one. Every single release in the series has been a thrill to listen to, including this one. If your musical taste and preference leans towards the Russian masters like Prokofiev and Shostakovich, this recording should feel right at home within your collection."
Jean-Yves Duperron - The Classical Music Sentinel - 1 June 2011
“…a warm recommendation…”
Richard Whitehouse – International Record Review – June 2011
I regret to say that at the beginning of this year I had not even heard of Weinberg. Following the review of
Symphonies 1 & 7 (same forces) in BBC Music Magazine I purchased the disc and became smitten. Acquiring this present
recording of Symphony 3 and Suite 4 was therefore a must! I decided to download the 24/96 version from The Classical
Shop website; this I playback via a Squeezebox Receiver and a Quad 99 system (using the 99CDP digital input).
Sonically, the bright and open sound is quite magical and very easy on the ear. The clarity of the instrumentation
is remarkable. I haven't compared it with a CD version, but I am very happy with it.
Musically, the symphony has a sense of always driving-forward, willing the listener onwards to the next development,
to the next movement, rather like a good book when one wants to know what happens next. A first 'listen', then, is
exciting, especially as (for me at least) it is new, unfamiliar music. Subsequent 'listens' are different; they are
no less exciting, but they become ever more complex and interesting as the construction and the orchestration of the work becomes apparent. This is by no means 'Shostakovich lite'and Weinberg has his own voice. The suite too is a wonderful discovery, with the same exciting drive onwards.
I look forward to further Weinberg issues from Chandos; in the meantime, I have my ticket for 'The Passenger' at ENO later this year!
Incidentally, the TCS download service is exemplary; really easy to use, and in addition, because I had one track which didn't download correctly the first time, going back to re-download it a second time was simplicity itself!