Mieczyslaw Weinberg

Biography

Born: December 8, 1919; Warsaw, Poland   Died: February 2, 1996; Moscow, Russia  
One of the best-kept secrets of twentieth century Russian music is the work of Polish-born Soviet composer Moisey (Mieczyslaw) Weinberg, often spelled as Vainberg. Weinberg was born in a Warsaw ghetto to a family of itinerant Jewish theatrical performers. He made his debut as pianist at the age of ten, and by age 12 was studying at the Warsaw Conservatory. With the outbreak of war in 1939, Weinberg fled to Minsk, enrolling in the conservatory and Read more studying with Vasily Zolotaryov. In 1943 Weinberg sent the score of his first symphony to Dmitry Shostakovich, who was impressed and arranged for Weinberg to be invited to Moscow under official approval. This was the beginning of their long friendship and of Weinberg's career as a Soviet composer.

Weinberg was the only member of his immediate family to survive the Nazi Holocaust. His father-in-law was executed as an enemy of the state in 1948, just as Weinberg attracted the ire of Soviet authorities through his opposition to Zhdanov's attack on formalism during the Soviet Composers Union Congress. In early 1953, Weinberg was detained during the so-called "Doctor's Plot" and readied for execution. Shostakovich intervened on Weinberg's behalf with Lavrentii Beria, head of the NKVD, but the death of Stalin on March 5, 1953, earned Weinberg his freedom. For the rest of the 1950s, Weinberg kept his profile low, but his work continued and ultimately found favor with performers such as pianist Emil Gilels and conductor Kurt Sanderling. In 1962 Kiril Kondrashin took up the cause of Weinberg's Symphony No. 5; the Symphony No. 6 for boy's chorus and orchestra Op. 79 (1963) helped establish Weinberg's reputation within Russia and remains his best-known work. Weinberg's own judgment was that the opera Passazhirka (The Passenger, Op. 97, 1968) was the most significant of his compositions. Weinberg's sizeable and impressive output runs to 156 opus numbers and includes ten operas, three ballets, 25 symphonies, 17 string quartets, many choral works, and music to more than 60 motion pictures. Weinberg's style is Romantic at its core, but makes use of a highly expanded tonal palette combined with vibrant instrument coloring. Since Weinberg's death, recordings of his music are finally beginning to leak out to the west, and his never-mediocre symphonies have struck a responsive chord among many enthusiasts of mainstream orchestral literature, in particular those listeners already favorably disposed toward the music of Shostakovich. Read less
Weinberg: Complete Piano Works / Franzetti
Release Date: 01/13/2015   Label: Grand Piano  
Catalog: 698701   Number of Discs: 4
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Weinberg: Violin Concerto, Symphony No 4 / Gringolts, Kaspszyk, Warsaw
Release Date: 02/24/2015   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 2564622483   Number of Discs: 1
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Weinberg: Chamber Symphonies No 3 & 4 / Svedlund, Helsinborg
Release Date: 01/27/2015   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5146   Number of Discs: 1
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Weinberg: Complete Piano Works Vol 1 / Allison Brewster Franzetti
Release Date: 03/27/2012   Label: Grand Piano  
Catalog: 603   Number of Discs: 1
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Weinberg: Complete Piano Works Vol 2 / Allison Brewster Franzetti
Release Date: 06/26/2012   Label: Grand Piano  
Catalog: 607   Number of Discs: 1
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Mieczyslaw Weinberg


MOST POPULAR WORKS
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No. 1. Larghetto
No. 2. Allegro
No. 3. Moderato maestoso
No. 4. Tempo di valse
No. 5. Allegretto
No. 6. Presto
No. 7. Andante tranquillo
No. 8. Larghetto
No. 1. Largo
No. 2. Allegretto
No. 3. Moderato
No. 4. Lento
No. 5. Allegro
No. 6. Andantino
No. 7. Marziale lugubre
No. 8. Andante
No. 1. Allegro marcato
No. 2. Allegro commodo
No. 3. Moderato
No. 4. Prestissmo
No. 5. Allegretto quasi andantino
No. 6. Lento funebre
No. 7. Andantino semplice
I. Adagio
II. Moderato
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo -
III. Allegro comodo
I. Etudes
II. Episodes
III. Fanfares
I. Allegro molto
II. Allegro animato
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro risoluto
No. 1. Merry March
No. 2. The Nightingale
No. 3. The Skipping Rope
No. 4. Baba-Yaga
No. 5. Playmates
No. 6. The Sick Doll
No. 7. A Tin Soldier
No. 8. A Grandmother's Fairy Tale
No. 9. The Shepherd Boy
No. 10. Hide and Seek
No. 11. Father Frost
No. 12. Melancholy Waltz
No. 13. The Goldfish
No. 14. Petrushka's Lament
No. 15. Catch Me if You Can
No. 17. The Dolls
No. 21. Good Night
Adagio - Andantino leggiero -
Allegro con fuoco - Cadenza -
Andantino leggiero - Adagio
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Jewish Songs after Shmuel Halkin, Op. 17 (1944): Tsu di royte kriger
Di Muter
Nayyor lid
Tsum libn
Tife griber, royte leym
Tsum shlakhtman
Mazurka No. 1 in F Minor
Mazurka No. 2 in A Minor
I. Prelude
II. Chorale
III. Serenade
IV. Sarabande
V. Intermezzo
VI. March
VII. Aria
VIII. Ostinato
IX. Etude
X. Canon
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro moderato
Prelude No. 1
Prelude No. 2
Prelude No. 3
Prelude No. 4
Prelude No. 5
Prelude No. 6
Prelude No. 7
Prelude No. 8
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Prelude No. 15
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Prelude No. 17
Prelude No. 18: Sarabande
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Prelude No. 20
Prelude No. 21
Prelude No. 22
Prelude No. 23
Prelude No. 24: Menuet
I. Allegro commodo
II. Andante tranquillo
III. Allegro molto
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegretto
I. Allegro assai
II. Allegretto
III. Adagio semplice
IV. Allegro leggiero
I. Allegro
II. Allegro - Andantino - Allegro
III. Lento
IV. Moderato
I. Allegro comodo
II. Moderato assai
III. Largo marciale
IV. Allegro moderato
I. Allegro semplice
II. Presto agitato
III. Allegro con fuoco
IV. Adagio
V. Moderato commodo
VI. Andante maestoso
Piano Quintet, Op. 18 (1944): Moderato con moto
Allegretto
Presto
Largo
Allegro agitato
I. Allegro risoluto
II. Lento
III. Allegretto
IV. Vivace
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II. Allegretto
III. Adagio -
IV. Andantino
I. Lento ma non troppo
II. Un poco moderato - Lento ma non troppo
I. Moderato
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro
I. Moderato sostenuto
II. Allegretto
III. Adagio
IV. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Lento
IV. Presto
I. Andante
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro molto
I. Andante (original version)
Allegro
Allegretto
Adagio
I. Adagio
II. Allegretto
III. Andantino
IV. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Adagio
IV. Vivace
I. Allegro tranquillo
II. Adagio
III. Moderato con moto
I. Allegro
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
I. Adagio
II. Allegro molto
I. Allegro leggiero
II. Andantino
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andantino
III. Allegretto cantabile
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo - III. Adagio primo
I. Allegro leggiero
II. Adagietto lugubre
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro moderato - Doppio piu lento - Larghetto - Doppio movimento (Tempo I) - Larghetto - Tempo I
II. Lento
III. Vivace - Allegretto grazioso - Tempo I
IV. Allegro con fuoco
I. Allegro moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio. Allegro -
II. He was buried in the Earth -
III. My dear little berry, you do not know the pain that is in my heart -
IV. War - there is no word more cruel
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Andantino -
Lento
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Adagio - Andantino
IV. Vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Allegro
IV. Andantino
I. Adagio sostenuto
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro molto
IV. Largo
V. Andantino
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II. Allegro - Adagio sostenuto -
III. Andante -
IV. Adagio Sostenuto -
V. Allegro - Adagio Sostenuto
I. Burattino's Dance with the Key
II. Elegy
III. Dance of Artemon
IV. Dance of the Cricket
V. Dance of the Cat and the Fox
VI. Dance of Shushera the Rat
VII. The Lesson
VIII. The Pursuit
I. Crochet = 63
II. Crochet = 48
III. Dotted Crochet = 92
I. Prelude and Aria: Larghetto
II. Toccata: Allegro
III. Poem: Moderato
IV. Finale: Allegro moderato


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