Mieczyslaw Weinberg : Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3
Grand Piano GP610

Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano
2012
Total Playing Time: 1:01:49

Complete Piano Works Vols. 1 - 4 box set
Grand Piano / Naxos Records GP698-701
January 2015

The third volume of the complete piano works focuses on the three sets of Children’s Notebooks, 23 charming miniatures written to meet the strong demand for music for children in the Soviet Union.
Weinberg’s sets, however, were criticised for so-called inappropriate sophistication.
The 21 Easy Pieces for Piano, Op 34
are mood pictures, less technically demanding than the Notebooks but certainly not aimed at beginners.
Children's Notebook, Book 1, Op. 16
  1. I. Larghetto 1:48
  2. II. Allegro 1:33
  3. III. Moderato maestoso 1:45
  4. IV. Tempo di valse 1:36
  5. V. Allegretto 1:21
  6. VI. Presto 1:02
  7. VII. Andante tranquillo 2:32
  8. VIII. Larghetto 1:33
Children's Notebook, Book 2, Op. 19
  9. I. Largo 3:50
10. II. Allegretto 1:24
11. III. Moderato 1:15
12. IV. Lento 2:38
13. V. Allegro 1:47
14. VI. Andantino 1:54
15. VII. Marziale lugubre 1:50
16. VIII. Andante 2:29
Children's Notebook, Book 3, Op. 23
17. I. Allegro marcato 1:43
18. II. Allegro commodo 1:07
19. III. Moderato 1:24
20. IV. Prestissmo 1:21
21. V. Allegretto quasi andantino 2:17
22. VI. Lento funebre 3:05
23. VII. Andantino semplice 1:41
21 Easy Pieces, Op. 34 *
24. No.   1. Merry March 0:30
25. No.   2. The Nightingale 1:00
26. No.   3. The Skipping Rope 0:32
27. No.   4. Baba - Yaga 0:29
28. No.   5. Playmates 0:46
29. No.   6. The Sick Doll 1:18
30. No.   7. A Tin Soldier 0:57
31. No.   8. A Grandmother's Fairy Tale 1:05
32. No.   9. The Shepherd Boy 0:46
33. No. 10. Hide and Seek 0:43
34. No. 11. Old Man Frost 0:47
35. No. 12. Melancholy Waltz 1:31
36. No. 13. The Goldfish 0:36
37. No. 14. Petrushka's Lament 0:33
38. No. 15. Game of Tag 0:16
39. No. 16. The Little Ball 0:23
40. No. 17. Lullaby for a Doll 2:03
41. No. 18. Bear Cubs 0:42
42. No. 19. Little Rabbits 0:40
43. No. 20. The Gray Wolf 0:41
44. No. 21. Good Night 1:27
Can-Can (little “jeu d’esprit“ dedicated to Olga Reznitskaya, Weinberg’s second wife.) *
45. Can - Can 1:09