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Weinberg: Symphony 18, Trumpet Concerto / Lande

Release Date: 05/27/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 573190   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Performer:  Andrew Balio
Conductor:  Vladimir Lande
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Eighteenth Symphony is the centerpiece of his symphonic trilogy On the Threshold of War, focusing on the traumas of the Soviet Union in World War II and stands as one of the most significant creations of his later years. Using texts by important Soviet poets, the work reflects on war with eloquent expressive power. The Trumpet Concerto is amongst Weinberg’s most substantial and diverse works from the 1960s. Ranging in effects from pointillist modernism to the grotesque and sardonic, Shostakovich described it as a “symphony for trumpet and orchestra.”

"[The 18th Symphony] is a complex work in every way worthy of the later Weinberg and his blossoming during the thaw. These are excellently solid
Read more performances of works well worth having. Lande and the amassed choral and instrumental forces give us a performance worthy of the brilliance of the music. Very recommended. Weinberg!" -- Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review [6/2014]

“The present performance boasts a compelling contribution from Andrew Balio, who revels in the witticism of the Finale while also encapsulating the darker undertones of the wistful central movement. The St Petersburg State Symphony offers strong support.” -- BBC Music Magazine [7/2014]
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 18, Op. 138 "War - there Is no word more cruel" by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Conductor:  Vladimir Lande
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982-1984 
Concerto for Trumpet, Op. 94 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Performer:  Andrew Balio (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Vladimir Lande
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966-1967; USSR 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Interesting and moving works from Weinberg… June 30, 2014 By Warren Harris See All My Reviews "This recording consists of Weinberg’s Trumpet Concerto as well as his 18th Symphony (“War, there is no word more cruel”). Weinberg was born in Warsaw, and was a highly regarded pianst – but the Nazi occupation forced him to flee his homeland and eventually move to Moscow. The well written liner notes indicate that he wrote his 1st Symphony there, and that the piece impressed Shostakovich – they also indicate that he was briefly imprisoned for alleged Jewish subversion prior to the death of Stalin, which obviously colored the works presented here. The trumpet concerto, while clearly a contemporary piece, has very approachable Mendelssohnian characteristics, while at the same time being somewhat reminiscent of some of the works of Stravinsky. However, this work (while most definitely a non-trivial exercise for the soloist), is most definitely enjoyable, albeit with a certain amount of patience for the sonic discontinuities present in the piece. As for Symphony No. 18, it is clear that the unrest present in the Soviet Union at the time is reflected in the piece. The chorus, however, does a marvelous job of bringing the text to life and instilling in the listener the frightening ambivalence and intensity of the wartime experience – this work is both unsettling and appropriate at the same time, and were it not for the top-notch work put in by the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir and Music Director Nikolai Kornev, this recording would not have been nearly as captivating. Those listeners that appreciate virtuoso Trumpet work as well as fantastic choir work in the context of war, will most certainly find more than a few things of value here. This is a marvelous, if unsettling recording, and deserves to be experienced. Recommended." Report Abuse
 A meaningful contemplation June 2, 2014 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Mieczyslaw Weinberg's 18th symphony is the final part of a symphonic trilogy, "On the Threshold of War." Symphony No. 18, subtitled "War -- there is no word more cruel" isn't so much an anti-war statement as it is an honest portrayal of the emotional depletion felt by the survivors of conflict -- even if their victors. Overall, the work is quiet, expressing deeply-felt sorrow and loss; elegiac rather than maudlin. Mieczyslaw's symphony uses Russian poetry quite effectively. "He was buried in the Earth," the text of the third movement is set as a simple chorale, very Russian in character -- appropriate for this poem about the death of a common foot soldier. The third movement adapts a Russian folksong that carries an undertone of disquiet before splintering into a kaleidoscopic fugue. In the final movement, the chorus sings the poem "War -- there is no word more cruel," and the work ends with not a bang, nor whimper, but rather a calm acceptance of war's cost. The Trumpet Concerto provides welcome emotional balance to the album. To my ears, the work uses some of Prokofiev's "wrong-note" technique, with seemingly simple melodies and harmonies not going quite the direction one expects. Trumpet soloist Andrew Balio plays with clear, full sound. Attacks are consistently clean, and the phrasing smooth and expressive. This concerto imbues the trumpet with a little bit of attitude, and Balio delivers." Report Abuse
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