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  • Conductor: Svedlund
  • Composer: Weinberg
  • Audio CD (26 April 2010)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B003EN2S1Y
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc: 1

  1. Symphony No. 1, Op. 10 - Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  2. Symphony No. 7, Op. 81 - Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

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Symphonies n°1 & n°7 / Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra - Thord Svedlund, direction


Following on from his successful disc of the composer's concertos,Thord Svelund and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra deliver exemplary performances of both works.Supported by outstanding sound,this release can be confidently reccommended to those who enjoyed Chandos's other fine discs of Weinberg's Symphonies. Performance **** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine,Oct 2010

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The recording of Weinberg/Vainberg (the late Per Skans - an eminent musicologist - always stated Weinberg had to be written as Vainberg) symphonies is so important for anyone who wants a clear picture of Russian symphonism in the 20th century (Knipper's symphonies are too I'm sure) that I jumped out of my chair many years ago when Chandos announced a symphonic cycle. Quickly followed 3 extraordinary CD's with some symphonies and orchestral works and after that: DEAD SILENCE. Many times I railed at Chandos not completing symphonic or orchestral cycles they did advertise with (Williamson, Rodney Benett, historical releases of Boris Tchaikofsky). Mail them: no answer. (What're email accounts for?). Now this release gives me hope that this cycle will be completed. They changed conductor and orchestra (from Polish to Swedish) and that's a happy thing. Although the Polish orchestra on the first 3 Cd's was good, the Swedes are better. Although an occasional rough edge to Weinberg is no problem, Shostakovich works can handle that too and many of Weinberg's symphonies lie close to Shostakovich's, I like them expertly played. Secondly Chandos changed too SACD, a very nice gesture and although the Polish recordings were sometimes rough-hewn, they're good ones too. Thirdly a total redesign for the front cover and the booklet; not a shock but I like the abstract ones of the first three releases.
What to expect of these works? They're tonal, wholly serious, sometimes Jewish sounding. They haven't the wit or the sarcasm of Shostakovich, or the simple melodism of Prokofiev's later work, the epic of Myaskofsky, or the tunes of Tchaikofsky. They lie somewhere in between all those works. Thoroughly Russian in feel with some cosmopolitanism.
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HASH(0x8f011abc) out of 5 stars Soviet Symphonies 5 Aug. 2010
By Craig M. Zeichner - Published on
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Mieczyslaw Weinberg fled his native Warsaw after the Nazi blitz of 1939 and made his way to Minsk. The Weinbergs were Jews and his sister and parents didn't get out, so they were killed at the Trawniki concentration camp. In Minsk Weinberg studied composition with Rimsky-Korsakov acolyte Vasily Zolotaryov, Weinberg studied well (thankfully rejecting Rimsky's vulgarity), and also came under the spell of Shostakovich's epochal Fifth Symphony. The foundations were now in place for his First Symphony. The Nazis rumbled into Russia in 1942 and Weinberg had to flee by train via Moscow to Tashkent (something of a center for displaced Russian artists) and lived to compose another day. While in Tashkent Weinberg was persuaded to send the score of his First Symphony to Shostakovich. The master endorsed the work and it paved the way for Weinberg to settle in Moscow for the rest of his life.

Dedicated to the Red Army, the First Symphony is electrifying. The opening movement is sweeping and grand, while the second movement Lento is more intimate. Echoes of Shostakovich ring out in the third movement scherzo, a study in quirky rhythmic energy. The finale has the same drive as the opening movement and builds to a powerful conclusion. Here's another in a string of great Soviet wartime symphonies.

The Seventh Symphony (1964) is one of Weinberg's chamber symphonies, a form that was popular in the Soviet Union of the 1960s. Scored for harpsichord and strings, the work unfolds in five seamless movements. The anguished string writing of the opening Adagio is all the more haunting when the harpsichord makes its furtive entrance, and the instrument assumes a continuo-like role in the agitated second movement. The harpsichord lays out in the melancholy third movement and dark fourth movement Adagio sostenuto. The finale opens as a quicksilver Allegro before fading to another gloomy Adagio. The movement is memorable for the harpsichord imitating the sound of a mandolin, col legno strings and the sounds of the string players tapping on the bodies of their instruments.

The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Thord Svedlund are outstanding in the First Symphony. While I would have liked a bit more rhythmic pulse in the Seventh Symphony, the performance is still quite good and kudos to harpsichordist Erik Risberg who handles his very weird role quite well.
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HASH(0x8f011ec4) out of 5 stars Good, but not Best 4 May 2013
By J. R. Trtek - Published on
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I agree with most of the comments made by the reviewer of 08/05/10, and I find these two symphonies to be certainly more than just okay, each with a decidedly Shostakovich-like feel -- which to me is a plus. However, I've also heard the other Weinberg symphonic disc released so far by these same forces, which contains the No. 3, and I confess that I prefer that work over these two. Though the pair on this disc are engaging and interesting, to me there is still a bit of sameness from start to finish about them -- more in the case of No. 7 than No. 1. Again, I do recommend this disc, but also think that the other album, which contains the Suite No. 4 from the ballet The Golden Key is a shade or two better and more nicely varied in mood.
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HASH(0x8f011f3c) out of 5 stars Top rate music and performance 5 Mar. 2014
By Distant Prommer - Published on
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I consider Mieczyslaw Weinberg to be the one of the four great Russian composers of the 20th century (after Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Prokofiev). He has been unjustly neglected, his work either not getting performed or, when recorded onto CD, often not done by first rate musicians. That has now begun to change.
This CD is outstanding. For the content as well as for the performances. For those getting into Weinberg, both symphonies are a wonderful introduction. They show Weinberg's inventiveness and style quite clearly. There is much to enjoy.
Symphony No 1 in G minor, opus 10 was composed in1942 while he was still studying composition in Minsk, and to where he had moved from Warsaw in 1939. Symphony No 7 in C major for Harpsichord and String Orchestra, opus 81, dates from 1964.

Thord Svedlund, who here conducts the excellent Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, has a solid understanding of Weinberg's music. He already has a number of Weinberg recordings in the catalog and this coupling with the GSO shows his knowledge of the music and his skill in performing this to best effect.
HASH(0x8f0202e8) out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 Aug. 2015
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No problem ordering, Thank you,
0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f020318) out of 5 stars Good, thanks 25 Jan. 2013
By Vance Dickenson - Published on
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This item arrived in good order and I have no complaints. Thanks for the service and I look forward to making additional orders when I can afford to do so.
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