Aureole etc.




Nimbus on-line




If it’s the Czech works you’re after, do not hesitate

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


Some items
to consider

 


Enjoy the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra wherever you are. App available for iOS and Android

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage


Decca Phase 4 - 40CDs


Judith Bailey, George Lloyd


BAX Orchestral pieces


CASKEN Violin Concerto

Schumann Symphonies Rattle


Complete Brahms
Bargain price

 

REVIEW



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample
 

 

alternatively
CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS

Mieczyslaw WEINBERG (1919-1996)
Weinberg Edition - vol.5
Three Palms, for soprano and string quartet, op.120 (1977) [23:04]
Trio, for violin, viola and cello, op.48 (1950) [15:18]
Trumpet Concerto no.1 in B flat, op.94 (1967) [22:49]
Talia Or (soprano); EOS Quartett Wien; ad hoc trio: (Kana Matsui (violin), Johannes Flieder (viola), Christoph Stradner (cello)); Jürgen Ellensohn (trumpet); Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra/Gérard Korsten
rec. Seestudio, Bregenz, Austria, 25 July 2010 (Three Palms); 8 August 2010 (Trio); Festspielhaus, Bregenz, 15 August 2010 (Concerto). Live recordings. DDD
NEOS 11129 [61:13]

Experience Classicsonline



This is the fifth volume in NEOS's 'Weinberg Retrospective', recorded at the Bregenz Festival in 2010. The centrepiece of the festival was the premiere staging of Weinberg's opera and magnum opus Die Passagierin ('The Passenger'), but around two dozen other works were also performed. Volumes 1 and 2 are reviewed here, volume 3 here, and the DVD recording of Die Passagierin here. Coincidentally, Chandos recently released the fifth volume in their own superb series, begun in 2003, of Weinberg's complete symphonies - see review.
 
The compact String Trio makes an excellent entry point for newcomers to Weinberg: its light Shostakovichian idiom should appeal to almost all tastes. Matthias Corvin's suggestion in the notes that Weinberg "succeeds in creating a fiery plea for artistic freedom" seems to read more into the Trio than is there, as is so often the case in Soviet-era musicology: it is more folk-inflected and spirited than fiery.
 
There is considerable poignancy, indeed tragedy, reflected in the sombre Three Palms, passionately sung by Talia Or. Lermontov's eponymous poem is a harsh Biblical homily that tells of three palm trees in the desert that complain to God about their futility, who responds with typical Old Testament violence, having them chopped down and used as firewood by Bedouins. It is surely no coincidence that Weinberg lost three members of his family - both parents and sister - in a similarly mindless way at a Holocaust death camp. No surprise it was still on his mind more than thirty years later. Despite its lyricism, the music oozes pain and suffering, and ultimately desolation.
 
Weinberg's alternately witty and nervy Trumpet Concerto in B flat is a hoot, particularly the ironic absurdities of the 'Fanfares' finale. The Concerto does appear occasionally in European concert halls, but nowhere near often enough - this is one of the most memorable since Haydn. The booklet lists it as his Trumpet Concerto no.1, which is certainly true, but he did not write a second one.
 
There are good performances throughout this programme, but soprano Talia Or and trumpet Jürgen Ellensohn merit a special mention for their contributions: Or for her heartfelt passion and Ellensohn for his almost casual virtuosity and humour.
 
Sound recording is very good indeed: coughing and rustling has been kept to an absolute minimum either by very thoughtfully positioned microphones or benign audiences - one phlegmy splutter near the beginning of Three Palms being the exception. Applause has been skilfully edited out, the audience again being very helpful in not having cut into the short silence which rightly belongs at the end of all works of art music.
 
Housed in an attractively designed digipak case, the CD booklet is thick, although having everything in four languages means that there is much less information than appears at first sight - most notably, Lermontov's poem has not been included. Nevertheless, the notes are illuminating, well written and well translated into English.
 
Byzantion
Collected reviews and contact at reviews.gramma.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
.
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Comment
Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips


Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools






Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.