MIECZYSLAW WEINBERG (1919-1996): Complete Piano Works, Vol. 4 - Sonatas No. 3, Op. 31, No. 5, Op. 58 & No. 6, Op. 73, 2 Fugues.
Catalogue Number: 03O076
Label: Grand Piano
Description: Still under the influence of the war years, the Third (1946) begins in a lyrical, neo-classical style but its slow movement is a stoic lament and the finale an austere fugue. The Fifth (1956) begins with a big, bold passacaglia and contains a good deal of highly sophisticated piano writing, as one might expect from a composer who was himself a fine pianist. The succinct and dramatic Sixth of 1960 makes use of sharply delineated contrapuntal lines, and rounds off Vainberg's sonata cycle with a striking, virtuosic and inventive fugue. The Fugues, written in 1983 for the daughter of the Borodin Quartet's cellist, receive their first recordings. Allison Brewster Franzetti (piano).