PAPANDOPULO: Piano Concerto No. 3. Violin Concerto, Op. 125.
WEINBERG: Violin Sonaata No. 1`, Op. 12 (1943). Violin Sonata
No. 2, Op. 15 (1944). Violin Sonata No. 3, Op. 37 (1947). Violin Sonata
4, Op. 39 (1947). Violin Sonata No, 5, Op. 53 (1953). Violin Sonata
No. 6, Op. 136bis (1982). Violin Sonatina, Op. 46 (1949)
LAJTHA: Symphony No. 4. Op. 52 "Spring" (1951). Suite
No. 2, Op. 38 (1943). Symphony No. 3, Op. 45 (1948).
Some months ago this site praised a Naxos release of László Lajtha's Symphony No.1 played by the Pécs Symphony directed by Nicholás Pasquet (REVIEW). This Hungarian composer had imagination, often used folk tones, and was a superb orchestrator. Here we have two of his symphonies. Symphony No. 4, subtitled "Spring," was composed in the early '50s, a dark time both for Hungary and the composer, yet it is one of Lajtha's most positive works. The final movement is a joyous exhilarating dance. Symphony No. 2 utilizes music Lajtha wrote for a film version of T. S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral. There are two movements to this brooding and rather disturbed score, far removed from the gaiety of most of his other works. The lively Suite No. 2 is actually a ballet suite of four short movements written for a dance comedy. Performances are excellent, as is audio quality. These recordings were made in Hungary in 1995 and have previously been issued. Now we are fortunate they have returned to the catalog.
Distinguished Belgian violinist/composer/teacher Charles Auguste de Beriot (1802 - 1870) was highly regarded during his era, and wrote a great deal of music for his instrument. Unfortunately these ten concertos have been overlooked by most violinists, but they are worthy of attention and surely make many demands on the soloist. Over the years, Naxos has been doing their bit to promote De Beriot's music and they already have issued disks of concertos 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9, and now continue the series with Nos. 4, 6 and 7. Each is quite brief, No. 4 has just one movement, the other two each have two movements. These sparkling performances by young Japanese violinist Ayana Tsuji show judges at the 2016 Montreal International Competition chose wisely when they awarded her numerous prizes. These are charming, worthy concertos that deserve a place, at least occasionally, in the concert hall. Thanks to Naxos for making them available in splendid performances. As a bonus, we have two of the composers best-known "encore" pieces, the Air varie No. 4, and Scene de ballet, both heard in their orchestral accompaniment version. A splendid release!
Fortunately the musical world - and record companies - are finally beginning to recognize th importance of one of Russia's major composers, second perhaps only to Shostakovich. A number of excellent recordings have appeared in recent years and many have been mentioned on this site including a Chandos SCD of various concertos (REVIEW), another SACD of three violin sonatas played by Linus Roth (REVIEW).and a Naxos recording of the mighty Symphony No. 12 (REVIEW). The Weinberg here is supplemented with a convenient disk of all of the violin sonatas in excellent performances by Gregory Albinos accompanied by Tatiana Goncharova. Recordings were made in four different sessions in New York's L. Brown Recording Studios in New York. An important release!