Jacob Weinberg: Piano Concerto No. 2; String Quartet, Op. 55; Shabbat Ba'aretz (Sabbath in the Holy Land)

Jacob Weinberg: Piano Concerto No. 2; String Quartet, Op. 55; Shabbat Ba'aretz (Sabbath in the Holy Land)

by Kenneth Kiesler
     
 

Based on sacred Jewish themes and cast in the grand style of the Russian Romantics, Jacob Weinberg's nearly forgotten "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C major" (1944) is the focus of this world-premiere recording in the groundbreaking Milken Archive series. This concerto's splashy piano part, accessible tonality, and profusion of hummable melodies make it attractive and… See more details below

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Based on sacred Jewish themes and cast in the grand style of the Russian Romantics, Jacob Weinberg's nearly forgotten "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C major" (1944) is the focus of this world-premiere recording in the groundbreaking Milken Archive series. This concerto's splashy piano part, accessible tonality, and profusion of hummable melodies make it attractive and memorable, and the flamboyant performance by pianist Jorge Federico Osorio and the Barcelona Symphony, conducted by Karl Anton Rickenbacher, is lustrous and evocative. Yet as pleasant as this concerto is, it is trite in spots, and Weinberg's heavy-handed references to nineteenth century models tend to weaken the music's impact. Considered for its form and content, it pales in comparison with the richly melodic but more rigorous "String Quartet, Op. 55" (1950), which will satisfy listeners who need something tougher to chew on. The sinewy Bingham String Quartet delivers the work with vigor and passion, though its sound is somewhat muffled and thick in the lower register. "Shabbat Ba'aretz" (1934), reverently performed by baritone Patrick Mason and the BBC Singers under Kenneth Kiesler, closes out the disc with intense religious feeling, but seems to be peculiar filler for this predominantly instrumental album. The sound quality is good, but disappointing by Naxos' usually high standards.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2005
Label:
Milken Archive
UPC:
0636943945728
catalogNumber:
8559457
Rank:
358156

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  1. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Major  - Jacob Weinberg  -  Barcelona Symphony, National Orchestra of Catalonia  - Jorge Federico Osorio  - Karl Anton Rickenbacher
  2. String Quartet, Op. 55  - Jacob Weinberg  -  Bingham String Quartet
  3. Shabbat Ba'aretz (Sabbath in the Holy Land Service), Op. 41  - Jacob Weinberg  -  BBC Singers  - Christopher Bowers-Broadbent  - Patrick Mason  - Morton M. Leifman  - Kenneth Kiesler

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