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Weinberg: Orchestral Music, Vol. 2 Siberian Symphony Orchestra

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Successful world first recording of the "Choreographic Symphony" and the "Symphony No. 22" by Polish-Russian composer Mieczysław Weinberg.

When Polish-Soviet composer Mieczysław Weinberg died in 1996 he was almost unknown in the west. Even in his chosen home of Russia, for the general public, he was not one of the most prominent composers. In the 20 years since his death however, his image has altered radically. Today, he is one of the most exceptional geniuses of the second generation of Soviet composers, equal to greats like Shostakovitch, Prokofiev and Khachaturian in terms of quality and originality. This applies to his main work, the opera "The Passenger" as well as for his numerous compositions and fragments that were first reconstructed and performed posthumously. The second part of the Toccata Classics series with Weinberg's orchestra works, has two of his supposed 'side projects': the "Choreographic Symphony", op. 113 from 1973 that uses themes from the fragmented ballet music for "The White Chrysanthemum" (from 1958) and the unfinished last Symphony No. 22, op. 154 (1993–94). The latter was first orchestrated in 2003 by Kirill Umansky (contracted by Weinberg's widow Olga Yulyevna Rakhalskaya). The Siberian Symphony Orchestra under Dmitry Vasilyev provides an idiomatic performance for both world first recordings, drawing on their extensive and unmistakable experience with "Soviet music". They rise admirably to the challenge of the particularly heterogeneous "Choreographic Symphony" with its partially quirky sequences, demonstrating an admirable capacity for change and adaptation. The Siberian Orchestra under Vasilyev shows itself to be a good representative for Weinberg's consistently gripping (and intense) music... and we look forward to future releases for the series.

Salvatore Pichireddu | Jan 22, 2016
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