- 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)
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Weinberg: Symphony Nos.1 & 7 Hybrid SACD, SACD
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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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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.Read more ›
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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.
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.
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