Weinberg: Symphonies Nos.1 and 7
Weinberg's First has had only one previous recording, by Alexander Titov and the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony, and while it is more than serviceable, it cannot compare with this account. Written in 1942 and dedicated to the Red Army, the First is the smoothest and by far the most sincere pastiche of Shostakovich and Prokofiev's styles imaginable, and if it does not quite touch the depths of Shostakovich's Seventh or Eighth, or Prokofiev's Fifth or Sixth, it comes closer than any other Russian modernist symphony.
The competition is tougher in the Seventh because its only other recorded performance was made by its dedicatee, Rudolf Barshai, and it is hard to top the gritty integrity of his 1967 recording. Conducting with rare sensitivity, Svedlund comes very close, with committed playing from the Gothenburg musicians. Chandos' clear, colorful, and immediate sound beats the heck out of Barshai's cold, gray Soviet-era sound. Fans of Shostakovich and Prokofiev owe it to themselves to try this disc.
© James Leonard, Rovi
|1||1.Allegro moderato - Doppio più - Larghetto - Doppio movimento (Tempo 1) - Larghetto - Tempo 1||15:10||$2.49|
|3||3.Vivace - Allegretto grazioso - Tempo 1||7:35||$1.49|
|4||4.Allegro con fuoco||7:31||$1.49|
|5||1.Adagio sostenuto -||5:23||$0.99|
|6||2.Allegro - Adagio sostenuto -||5:31||$0.99|
|8||4.Adagio sostenuto -||2:34||$0.99|
|9||5.Allegro - Adagio sostenuto||11:37||$1.99|