Every writer gets complaints. Some are justified. Most of us adjust to intelligent opinion.
The complaint that kept coming my way was that I banged on too much about a composer readers had neither heard of nor cared about.
Point taken. I happen to believe that Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919 – 1996) was the most interesting composer in the late Soviet Union after his friend Dmitri Shostakovich, and that he is also an indispensable musical guide to understanding some of his friend’s important works. Time alone will tell if Weinberg achieves the recognition I believe he deserves, but I made a private resolution not to review him again for a year, at least.
Even though Kremer and Trifonov are playing his music in major US cities right now.
Take him off the review list.
And then this release arrived. It’s my Album of the Week on sinfinimusic.com. Forget Shostakovich. It’s the most brilliant musical commentary ever written on Mahler’s 9th symphony. Absolutely indispensable five-star music. Click here.