Mieczyslaw Weinberg (Moishei Vainberg)
The Composer and His Music: CD/recording reviews and recommendations
CD/Recording reviews and recommendations:
All the reviews below are made in reference to the comprehensive Weinberg
discography compiled by
Claude Torres from France.
Some major recording labels:
The following are links to recording companies that have released Weinberg CDs:
- [ Chandos ],
UK label which is releasing a whole series of Weinberg's orchestral works, concentrating on symphonies and concertos.
- [ CPO ],
German label which is recording some of Weinberg's chamber music, including the string quartets and violin sonatas.
- [ NEOS ],
German (Munich-based) contemporary music label which has begun a Weinberg edition.
- [ Naxos ],
international label which has so far released Weinberg's violin concerto (under the spelling "Vainberg"),
symphonies 6, 8 and 19, and some chamber music, including a re-issue of Josef Fiegleson's excellent
performance of the cello solo sonatas.
- [ Toccata Classics ],
Martin Anderson's pioneering label (UK-based), which is recording Weinberg's complete songs.
- [ Claves ],
Swiss label which has released Weinberg's Chamber Symphonies 1, 3 and 4, as well as
his "Palm Trees" song cycle.
- [ Challenge Records ],
Dutch label, which has released Weinberg's complete (accompanied) violin sonatas.
Thanks to Jens F. Laurson for pointing this out!
- [ Olympia ],
once the main label for Weinberg CDs (using the spelling Vainberg), with 17 volumes of
his music. Unfortunately, the label appears to have dissolved as of 2004, however, some of their
volumes can still be obtained through online CD stores. As of 2009, some Olympia recordings are re-appearing
on the Alto label.
There are also several recordings on the Russian Disc label, including the Cello Sonatas 1 & 2 with Weinberg at the piano,
which are unfortunately unavailable. In most recent times a number of other labels have begun recording Weinberg's
music -- see Claude Torres' site above.
Excerpt from Weinberg's Cello Solo Sonata No. 1,
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