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Weinberg: String Quartets Nos. 8-10 / Silesian Quartet

Release Date: 02/02/2018 
Label:  Cd Accord   Catalog #: 241  
Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silesian Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Not merely the atmosphere, but also the various references suggest that Wajnberg’s music – including his String Quartets Nos. 8, 9 and 10 – comes from the mind of someone who suffered because of the tragic fate of his family and missed the lost homeland where he had spent “the best and happiest years” of his life, as he confessed many years later to an interlocutor from Poland. These three works – Opp. 66, 80 and 85 – were composed in a period when he lived off memories, which is also evident in his choice of texts for his vocal works. His Symphony No. 6 Op. 79 sets Jewish and Russian poems about the war, while in The Diary of Love Op. 87 he uses texts by Stanislaw Wygodzki which lament the death of the poet’s daughter in Auschwitz. His Read more Symphony No. 8 “Polish Flowers” Op. 83 was inspired by Julian Tuwim’s long narrative poem expressing his longing for the lost fatherland. In that period, the composer was also waiting – as noted above – for the libretto of The Passenger, whose protagonists he may well have identified with members of his own family. It’s no wonder then that all the quartets on this album are composed in minor keys. One of Poland’s leading chamber music ensembles, the Silesian Quartet enoys international fame, giving concerts throughout Europe as well as in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, and South Korea. Read less

Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 66 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silesian Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USSR 
Quartet for Strings no 9 in F sharp minor, Op. 80 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silesian Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USSR 
Quartet for Strings no 10, Op. 85 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silesian Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 

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