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Mieczyslaw Weinberg: String Quartets, Vol. 5, nos 1, 3 & 10 / Quatuor Danel

> String Quartet No. 1 in C major, Op. 2/141 - I. Allegro commodo
> String Quartet No. 1 in C major, Op. 2/141 - II. Andante tranquillo
> String Quartet No. 1 in C major, Op. 2/141 - III. Allegro molto
> String Quartet No. 3 in D minor, Op. 14 - I. Presto attacca
> String Quartet No. 3 in D minor, Op. 14 - II. Andante sostenuto attacca
> String Quartet No. 3 in D minor, Op. 14 - III. Allegretto
> Sting Quartet No. 10 in A minor, Op. 85 - I. Adagio
> Sting Quartet No. 10 in A minor, Op. 85 - II. Allegro
> Sting Quartet No. 10 in A minor, Op. 85 - III. Adagio
> Sting Quartet No. 10 in A minor, Op. 85 - IV. Allegretto
> Capriccio, Op. 11 - Capriccio, Op. 11
> Aria, Op. 9 - Aria, Op. 9

Album Summary

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 2/141
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Quartet for Strings no 3, in D minor, Op. 14
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Quartet for Strings no 10, Op. 85
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Capriccio, for string quartet, Op. 11
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Aria, for string quartet, Op. 9
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Notes & Reviews:

Our edition of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's complete string quartets with the Quatuor Danel continues with Vol. 5. Weinberg composed his first string quartet in Warsaw in 1937, one year before Shostakovich. He later adopted a quite critical attitude toward this early quartet and submitted it to thorough revision forty-eight years later, leaving the formal design largely unchanged and mostly working toward relaxing the texture. The traditional tonic-dominant regions of the schoolbook, traditional exposition nevertheless continue to be in evidence amid the many remaining thick chromatic overlappings. Weinberg's third, very intensive quartet is an ambitious work in three large movements, with one going over into the next without a break. When Weinberg composed his tenth quartet, he stood on the threshold of his late style, which became just as abbreviated, elliptical, and enigmatic as that of his great friend and mentor Shostakovich.

Gramophone Magazine
The sound is beautifully balanced, close without being overbearing, the playing a model for any aspiring quartet... These five pieces offer a fascinating, rarely viewed glimpse into [Weinberg's] early output and - in the extensively revised First Quartet - how he might have developed had the Second World War not forced him from his native Poland... Another excellent disc.

BBC Music Magazine
The Quatuor Danel is particularly eloquent [in the Tenth], delivering powerfully impassioned playing in the opening declamatory movement and the short third-movement Adagio while projecting a deep sense of unease in the eerie scherzo.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Köln, Studio Stolbergerstraáe.



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>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 2/141
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1937-1985

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Quartet for Strings no 3, in D minor, Op. 14
  • Running Time: 20 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Quartet for Strings no 10, Op. 85
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1964

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Capriccio, for string quartet, Op. 11
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Aria, for string quartet, Op. 9
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1942