A mysterioso opening movement puts Weinberg's Symphony No. 3 in a class by itself. We continue today to examine the Svedlund/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra cycle. This one backs Weinberg's Third with the "Golden Key Suite No 4" (Chandos).
The second movement has a lively scherzo/dance quality. The third movement, an adagio, returns to the mysterious, and has a somewhat bleak mood to it. Towards the middle it bursts out in an anguished fortissimo in a kind of expressionist equivalent of a sob. It returns at the end to the quiet mystery-sorrow of the beginning.
The final movement is very agitated and filled with motion.
The accompanying "Golden Key Suite No 4" is rather light, incidental music, which affords a break from the high strung Third. There are some lovely moments,
All is well-played by Svedlund and the Gothenburg Symphony. The symphony may not be essential if you are not looking to get Weinberg's complete output.