MIECZYSLAW WEINBERG (1919-1996): Complete Violin Sonatas, Vol. 1 - Violin Sonatas No. 1, Op. 12 & No. 4, Op. 39, Sonatina for Violin and Piano, Op. 46, Sonata No. 1 for Solo Violin, Op. 82.

Catalogue Number: 05M065

Label: Toccata Classics

Reference: TOCC 0007

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: Although the Fourth and the Sonatina have appeared on cpo, these are the world premiere recordings of the other two works. The First dates from wartime evacuation to Tashkent in 1943 and is as relaxed and lyrical as the war was brutal a few hundred miles to the west while the solo sonata (1964) is a five-movement work which makes finger-busting demands on the soloist with dissonant quadruple-stopping in the violent Allegro first movement (fortissimo throughout), the hard-edged pizzicato and spiky staccatos of the third, another fortissimo, declamatory fourth movement and a perpetuum mobile finale; only the second movement andante offers temporary relief from the onslaught. Yuri Kalnits (violin), Michael Csányi-Wills (piano).

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