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Russian Piano Music vol. 9 - Mieczyslaw Weinberg

piano music of M. Weinberg

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2012

Originally recorded in 1996


Murray McLachlan



Gothenburg University, Sweden


Tomas Svenson

Record Label
Divine Art




Total Time - 68:41
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Russian Piano Music vol. 9 - Mieczyslaw Weinberg

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Piano Sonata no. 1, Op. 5

1 I I. Adagio 7:01
2 II II. Allegretto 2:12
3 III III. Andantino 2:14
4 IV IV. Allegro molto 3:05

Piano Sonata no. 2, Op. 8

5 I I. Allegro 4:13
6 II II. Allegretto 2:11
7 III III. Adagio 6:42
8 IV IV. Vivace 3:27

Piano Sonata no. 3, Op. 31

9 I I. Allegro tranquillo 9:35
10 II II. Adagio 7:27
11 III III. Moderato con moto 5:36

17 Easy Pieces

12 I No. 1 Merry March 0:20
13 II No. 2 The Nightingale 1:12
14 III No. 3 The Skipping Rope 0:29
15 IV No. 4 Baba Yaga 0:22
16 V No. 5 Playmates 0:48
17 VI No. 6 The Sick Doll 1:08
18 VII No. 7 A Tin Soldier 0:53
19 VIII No. 8 Grandmother's Fairy Tale 1:09
20 IX No. 9 The Little Shepherd 0:53
21 X No. 10 Hide and Seek 0:35
22 XI No. 11 Father Frost 0:53
23 XII No. 12 Melancholy Waltz 1:05
24 XIII No. 13 The Goldfish 0:45
25 XIV No. 14 Petrushka's Lament 0:35
26 XV No. 15 Catch me if you can 0:13
27 XVI No. 16 The Dolls 2:04
28 XVII No. 17 Good Night 1:34
 Murray McLachlan piano

Mieczyslav 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 (da 5107) which includes the remaining 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.

 “Here [is volume 10] 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 - International Piano magazine

“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 - Musical Opinion – joint review with vol. 10

 “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.”



"...Virtually flawless playing and recording."   *****

James Palmer - Musical Opinion

"Over the last 10 to 15 years or so, there has finally been an overdue resurgence of interest in the music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg. His captivating symphonies have been well served in excellent recordings recently, so now 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 - Classical Music - September 2012

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