Weinberg in Review

Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919-1996)
Concertino for Violin and String Orchestra, Op. 42; Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, Op. 47/3 (arr. Ewelina Nowicka); Symphony No. 10 for String Orchestra, Op. 98
Ewelina Nowicka (violin); Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio/Agnieszka Duczmal (Op. 42; Op. 47/3), Anna Duczmal-Mróz (Op. 98)
CPO 777 887-2

From a review by Michael Cookson on www.musicweb-international.com:

CPO has done sterling work on behalf of the Polish/Soviet composer Mieczysław Weinberg although it has concentrated on his chamber music (PianoWinds; Violin: Vol. 1; Quartets: vol.2vol. 5vol. 6Piano Trio). With this CD they have released one of the most interesting Weinberg albums and as someone once said, Weinberg’s music can be addictive.


Nineteen-strong, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio under Agnieszka Duczmal in the Concertino and the Moldavian Rhapsody, and Anna Duczmal-Mróz in the Tenth Symphony. They hardly put a foot wrong. CPO has lavished great care on the sound quality providing clarity and admirable balance. David Fanning’s booklet notes are as interesting and informative as one might expect from Weinberg’s biographer. A slight grumble about the booklet is the incorrect track indexing given for the symphony. There’s no shortage of melody or emotional depth in this eminently accessible CPO release which makes a splendid case for Weinberg.

[Sources: Muzyka21musicweb-international.com]