Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Weinberg, Mieczyslaw. (1919-1996. Orchestral works.

New acquisition.
Date of purchase: October 2017.
First listen: 6-11-2017.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: February 2012 & January 2013.
Venue: Aula der Adam Mickiewicz University Posen, Poland.
Sound engineer: ?
Total time: 69:11.

Works on this CD:

Concertino opus 42 for Violin and String orchestra.
Rhapsody opus 47/3 on Moldavian themes.
Symphony No. 10 opus 98 for String orchestra.

Performed by:
Amadeus Chamber orchestra of the Polish Radio, Agnieszka Duczmal (opus 42 & 47/3) & Anna Duczmal Mróz. (opus 98)
Ewelina Nowicka, Violin, and arrangements of opus 47/3.

I must admit that I had no high hopes of these for me unknown performers, but once again I was punished by this assumption by getting pristine performances and recordings. The arrangement by Ewelina Nowicka in opus 47/3 is excellently done, and keeps all the character that it has in its original orchestral form. She is also a fabulously talented violinist as proves the Concertino opus 42. She navigates through this work with care and patience, achieving thereby a great sense of focus, with a transparency that has to be heard to be believed. She is a sure footed musician, who keeps rigorously to the score with great precision.  All these things can also be heard in the opus 42. Agnieszka Duczmal is a very able conductor and ensures a continuity  that underwrites the intricacies Weinberg inserted in the music. There is intimacy and inwardness a plenty, but also gaiety in abundance, especially in the opus 47/3.
The Symphony is a different animal in the context of this CD. It's modernity can hit you hard, and it's melancholy can make you depressed. There is a darkness in the score which makes you feel it's effects quite forcefully. To me this is no heartfelt music, but rather a brilliant technical exercise. At least that is what it communicates towards me. Its agile and expressive with a mastery of line and dynamics, but it does not touch on a personal level. Anna Duczmal Mróz is the daughter of Agnieszka Duczmal and just as talented as her mother. Her conducting fills me with admiration.

On my listening menu today (24-4-2018)

J.S. Bach. Complete organ works Olivier Vernet. CD 6. Erkki Melartin. Orchestral Works. Peteris Vasks Orchestral Works ...