dda 25107
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Mieczyslaw 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 Moscow. 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 preceding album (dda25105) which includes the first 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.

vol. 1 - Shostakovich and Comrades  vol. 2 - Vladimir Rebikov vol. 3 - Reinhold Glière
vol. 4 - Sergei Lyapunov
   vol. 5 - Anton Arensky   vol. 6 Sergei Rachmaninov
vol. 7 - Sergei Prokofiev    vol. 8 - Mussorgsky    vol. 9 - Mieczyslaw Weinberg   vol. 11 - Galina Ustvolskaya
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CD DURATION:  66:46  

AUDIO SAMPLE: Sonata no. 4 - 4th mvt (extract)






Piano Sonata no. 4, Op. 56 (1955)
Piano Sonata no. 5, Op. 58 (1956)
Piano Sonata no. 6, Op. 73 (1960)

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“Subtlety and depth ... material superbly developed with a greater sense of form [than the earlier Sonatas] ... perfectly handled by Murray McLachlan. What terrific playing there is from Murray McLachlan. [He] is ideal in this repertoire, playing with both sensitivity and bravura. These former Olympia recordings are excellent, with excellent piano tone and there are first rate notes by the late Per Skans. These beautifully produced discs are thoroughly recommended.” - “TheClassicalReviewer”

“[Weinberg's] piano works are among the most readily gratifying of his oeuvre, whether spunky miniatures or his bold and rudely melodious sonatas. The harmonic ... groove delightfully under the hands of Murray McLachlan. the performances are much better than those on the Grand Piano label's new Weinberg piano-works project. Best reissues of 2012 – no. 2” – Jens Laurdsen (Ionarts)

“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. 9)

“Weinberg is all the rage now. A tremendous disc, one fully worthy of investigation.” – Colin Clarke (Fanfare)

“[Weinberg] stands as a true innovator and original musical thinker whose music was as much an influence on Shostakovich as vice versa. This disc is another great addition to the increasing discography of this wonderful composer. His originality shines through at every turn. Murray McLachlan is a great exponent of 20th century and contemporary piano compositions. He has many first performances to his credit. This disc is further proof of his intelligent approach. It does wonderful service to the composer's intentions. This is a disc to savour.” -  Steve Arloff (MusicWeb)
“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) are