WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org
Welcome to ArkivMusic, the retail store for CLOFO!

Weiner: Serenade in F & 5 Divertimentos / Jarvi, Estonian National Symphony


Release Date: 10/06/2017 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10959  
Composer:  Leó Weiner
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Within his extended discography, Neeme Järvi has explored the work of some magnificent Eastern European composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, recently including Suchon and Scharwenka. He here reveals the delightful, witty Hungarian style of Leó Weiner, who found inspiration in the music of Bartók, his near contemporary, and taught such great figures of the Hungarian musical scene as Solti and Doráti, but also Kurtág. Throughout these recordings of the five Divertimentos and the Serenade, some of the works new to the catalogue, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor encapsulate the freshness and fluidity of engaging, yet too rarely performed compositions. Within his extended discography, Neeme Järvi has explored the work of some magnificent Eastern European composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, recently including Suchon and Scharwenka. He here reveals the delightful, witty Hungarian style of Leó Weiner, who found inspiration in the music of Bartók, his near contemporary, and taught such great figures of the Hungarian musical scene as Solti and Doráti, but also Kurtág. Throughout these recordings of the five Divertimentos and the Serenade, some of the works new to the catalogue, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor encapsulate the freshness and fluidity of engaging, yet too rarely performed compositions. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Serenade in F minor, Op. 3 by Leó Weiner
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Hungary 
2.
Divertimento for Strings no 1, Op. 20 "Old Hungarian Dances" by Leó Weiner
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Budapest, Hungary 
3.
Divertimento for Strings no 2, Op. 24 by Leó Weiner
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Hungary 
4.
Divertimento no 3, Op. 25 "Impressioni ungheresi" by Leó Weiner
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; Hungary 
5.
Divertimento no 4, Op. 38 by Leó Weiner
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; Hungary 
6.
Divertimento no 5, Op. 39 by Leó Weiner
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; Hungary 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A little Weiner went a long way April 12, 2018 By Leslie A. (Washington, DC) See All My Reviews "Everything about Chandos' production deserves usually more than 5 stars. This CD lasts 83 minutes (you read correctly) and is no exception. The idea is compelling as it collects related pieces composed by Hungarian Leo Weiner (1885-1960). But he was no Bartok nor Kodaly. He stayed at home becoming a much admired local. This contains a very early Serenade Op 3, and the 5 Divertimentos spanning the years 1934-51. All of these pieces were composed in a very conservative, approachable idiom, with some of the harmonic paprika of a Kodaly, but much less driven (and less memorable) than him. It's all good; my problem was that, while listening, I kept wishing Zoltan would take charge. In effect, continuous listening of this very long CD did not show a lot of variety, in spite the compositions' time-span. I also wondered whether the Estonian Orchestra and conductor had the idiom truly in their veins. For that, I would have to check my Hungarotons. In a nutshell: pleasant, nice, not very spicy nor earth shattering." Report Abuse
Review This Title