Weinberg: The Complete Works for Violin and Piano

Reviewed on Thu 04 May, 2017

Weinberg has his own way of moving between moods, is often serious, and can be suave, gruff or playful.

Here is music for those wishing to explore fresh fields without straying too far from familiar musical languages. On these two discs containing all six violin sonatas and single violin sonatina by Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996) are pages of great beauty, imagination and fecundity. What is quite clear is that Weinberg is very much his own man and that he has the quality to compose effectively. He achieves such clarity of expression that even his more probing passages aren't hindered from getting to the audience. You can hear a subtle voice seeking its own path and expressing what you won't have heard expressed before. This can often be the way when giving room to a composer new to you. Weinberg has his own way of moving between moods, is often serious, and can be suave, gruff or playful. He is estimably served by the thoughtful and responsive Russian violinist Grigory Kalinovsky, who brings clarity and variety of tone to the music, and is in turn strongly supported by Tatiana Goncharova. Together they form a terrific partnership able to project this repertoire with unstinting verve and delicacy. The engineers have provided a full and clear recording; Richard Whitehouse's detailed booklet-notes are a genuine boon. Performers and listeners alike will find handsome rewards here.
–Ivor Solomons