That Annelien Van Wauwe is rightly one of the most highly demanded young clarinetists is not only shown in her victory at the 2012 ARD Music Competition. On her debut GENUIN CD, recorded with the equally internationally award-winning pianist Lucas Blondeel, the Belgian demonstrates her great skill in a wonderfully united program. In addition to Prokofiev's scintillating D major Sonata, Annelien Van Wauwe presents works with a Jewish background: both in Weinberg's much too rarely played sonata as well as in Prokofiev's ""Hebrew Overture"" her clarinet sings, she sobs and shouts, without ever losing her noble foundation. Absolutely worth listening to!
Flowing, Middle Eastern-sounding melodies inflect this emotionally charged lamentation; it shimmers with agitation and occasional discord.
Melodiya presents an album of chamber and symphonic music by Moisey (Mieczysław) Weinberg, a remarkable composer and one of the best representatives of the ‘Shostakovich school’.Regretfully, for the general public, he stayed in the shadow of his great teacher (although he formally wasn’t his pupil; this is rather a matter of spiritual affinity, a common stylistic and ethical orientation felt by both composers). Weinberg is mostly known as an author of music to such outstanding Soviet motion pictures as The Cranes Are Flying, Don Quixote and The Last Inch.
This new CD from Onyx Classics is the first new release for several years from the amazing Moscow Soloists and their charismatic director, the great Yuri Bashmet. The disc couples the most famous of the Rudolf Barshai arrangements of the Shostakovich string quartets (No. 8) with two little known chamber symphonies by friends of Shostakovich, the Sviridov being a world premire recording. Bashmet and his group will be touring this repertoire in the US this February.
Mieczysław Weinberg, born in Warsaw in 1919, became a close friend of Shostakovich in Moscow, after fleeing eastwards before the invading Nazis in 1939. His style has much in common with Shostakovich, as these four violin works show: fluent contrapuntal skill, a keen feeling for melody, often inflected with Jewish cantilena, and an acute sense of drama which combines a natural narrative manner with an extraordinary ability to create atmosphere, often from just a handful of notes. Since his death in 1996, his music has increasingly been recognised as some of the finest by any twentieth-century composer.