MIECZYSLAW WEINBERG (MOISEI VAINBERG) (1919-1996): Fantasia for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 52, Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra, Op. 75, Flute Concerto No. 2, Op. 148, Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra, Op. 104.
Catalogue Number: 07K008
Description: Two of these are claimed as world premiere recordings: the second flute concerto of 1987, which has an uncommonly relaxed and pastoral first movement, a much more melancholy second and an ethnically-tinged dance-like finale (the 1961 First is almost as relaxed, upbeat and optimistic). The clarinet concerto (1970) has a spiky first movement more like some of the symphonies' fast movements, a rhapsodically lyrical slow movement and another dance-like finale. The earliest work is the 1953 cello Fantasia which, like many of Weinberg's works of the late Stalin period, adopts tones of introverted lyricism and tragic protest in a language of elusive tonality. Anders Jonhäll (flute), Urban Claesson (clarinet), Claes Gunnarsson (cello), Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Thord Svedlund. SACD hybrid.