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Weinberg: Cello Sonatas Nos. 2, 3 & 4

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Born in Poland but living most of his life in Russia, composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg was as prolific and popular a composer as his contemporaries Shostakovich and Prokofiev. While many Russian artists were revolting against the Soviet regime or leaving the country all together, Weinberg remained with little fanfare. His political decisions may have been in part responsible for the neglect his music has suffered, though many of his works are now being brought to the attention of appreciative listeners. This Naxos album is a reissue of an Olympia CD, the second volume devoted to Weinberg's works for solo cello. After completing the first volume, cellist Josef Feigelson ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Born in Poland but living most of his life in Russia, composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg was as prolific and popular a composer as his contemporaries Shostakovich and Prokofiev. While many Russian artists were revolting against the Soviet regime or leaving the country all together, Weinberg remained with little fanfare. His political decisions may have been in part responsible for the neglect his music has suffered, though many of his works are now being brought to the attention of appreciative listeners. This Naxos album is a reissue of an Olympia CD, the second volume devoted to Weinberg's works for solo cello. After completing the first volume, cellist Josef Feigelson contacted Weinberg's widow and successfully revived the three additional solo sonatas heard on this volume and was instrumental in getting them published. The three later sonatas are more technically demanding than the earlier sonata and "24 Preludes," but are still quite musically satisfying. Weinberg's writing is reminiscent of Kodály in his use of folk materials, and Britten in his use of motivic development and broad harmonic palette. Feigelson's playing is technically precise and confident, with almost flawless intonation. His sound is clear and focused and he incorporates a pleasing array of tonal colors and dynamic contrast. Most importantly, perhaps, Feigelson has a keen, intimate understanding of Weinberg's musical intentions and clearly translates this to his listeners, making us all want to hear more of the almost-forgotten Weinberg.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2011
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313228171
  • Catalog Number: 8572281
  • Sales rank: 130,025

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Sonata for solo cello No. 2, Op. 86 - Mieczyslaw Weinberg & Yosif Feigelson (18:59)
  2. 5–8 Sonata for solo cello No. 3, Op. 106 - Mieczyslaw Weinberg & Yosif Feigelson (19:32)
  3. 9–12 Sonata for solo cello No. 4, Op. 140 - Mieczyslaw Weinberg & Yosif Feigelson (21:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yosif Feigelson Primary Artist
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