This second volume of the complete piano works ranges in date from 1950–55. The Partita is notable for its alternation of the intimate and the intensely dramatic, whereas the Sonatina is lyrical, though never straightforward. The Piano Sonata No 4 fuses folk inspiration, rhythmic vivacity and melancholy in a profoundly personal way.
Recording of the Month
"This second volume of the series dedicated to Polish-Russian composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg includes two world premieres and some very fine music indeed. All three works here share that soulful melancholy that is one of Weinberg’s hallmarks. If you want to hear how a brave and gentle soul stands up to adversity, give them a listen.Allison Brewster Franzetti plays the pieces superbly, underlining their strength without taking them over the top."