On this week’s podcast, Raymond Bisha introduces the 4-CD assortment of the whole piano works of Mieczysław Weinberg — from teenage mazurkas written in his native Poland via to his final works for the instrument composed in Moscow. En route, Tashkent, Shostakovich and the Head of the post-Stalin KGB all play a component within the fascinating story of this displaced and considerably forgotten composer. The boxed set from the Grand Piano label represents a big assembly of minds between Weinberg and his distinctive creativity, pianist Alison Brewster Franzetti and her championing of his forgotten works, and Naxos in its nicely established position as a facilitator for such invaluable tasks.
(This podcast was first revealed on 30 January 2015)
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Catalogue No.: GP698-701