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
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  • 1.
    Kyrill Kondrashin Edition
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 18046 Release Date: 01/04/2019   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Taneyev  ... 
    Performer:  Vitaly Gromadsky,  Leonid Kogan,  Boris Simsky,  Emil Gilels  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonia Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  USSR Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Lugano Recordings / Argerich
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 573811 Release Date: 09/21/2018   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  David Guerrier,  Renaud Capuçon,  Tedi Papavrami  ... 
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis,  Jacek Kaspszyk,  Hubert Soudant,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana,  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Orchestra
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    Weinberg: Symphony No. 13 & Serenade for Orchestra / Lande, Siberian State Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573879 Release Date: 09/14/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Conductor:  Vladimir Lande
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Siberian State Symphony Orchestra
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    Weinberg: Piano Sonatas Opp. 8, 49bis & 56 / Blumina
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 555104 Release Date: 06/08/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Performer:  Elisaveta Blumina
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    Weinberg: Chamber Music / Golan, Attacca Quartet
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 30072 Release Date: 04/20/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Performer:  Jeanne Golan,  Andrew Yee
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Attacca Quartet
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    Weinberg: String Quartets Nos. 8-10 / Silesian Quartet
    Label: Cd Accord   Catalog: 241 Release Date: 02/02/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silesian Quartet
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    Weinberg & Kabalevsky: Concertos / Schmid, Huangci, Krijgh
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5310 Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Benjamin Schmid,  Claire Huangci,  Harriet Krijgh
    Conductor:  Cornelius Meister
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Anthology of Russian and Soviet Symphonic Music, Vol. 2 / Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002481 Release Date: 09/01/2017   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Alexander Scriabin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolay Myaskovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Ludmila Avdeyeva,  Anton Grigoriev,  Alexei Nasedkin  ... 
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    Kathrin Christians
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 16099 Release Date: 09/01/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jindrich Feld,  Mikis Theodorakis,  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Performer:  Kathrin Christians
    Conductor:  Ruben Gazarian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
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    Michail Jurowski in Gohrisch / Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300935 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Arvo Pärt,  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Performer:  Evelina Dobraceva,  Marina Prudenskaya,  Vsevolod Grivnov
    Conductor:  Michail Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
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    Wajnberg: Works for Flute / Styczen, Rajski, Polish Chamber Philharmonic
    Label: Tacet   Catalog: 232 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Performer:  Antonina Styczen
    Conductor:  Wojciech Rajski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Kogan Plays Russian Violin Concertos
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 250373 Release Date: 07/14/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Tikhon Khrennikov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Mieczyslaw Weinberg  ... 
    Performer:  Leonid Kogan
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Pavel Kogan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  USSR State Symphony Orchestra,  State Academic Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Weinberg: Violin Solo, Vol. 9 / Eggebrecht
    Label: Troubadisc Musikproduktion   Catalog: 01450 Release Date: 05/19/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg,  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Renate Eggebrecht
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    Wajnberg: String Quartet No. 7 & Piano Quintet / Salajczyk, Silesian Quartet
    Label: Cd Accord   Catalog: 239 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Performer:  Piotr Sałajczyk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silesian String Quartet
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    Mstislav Rostropovich: Cellist of the Century
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559857 Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolay Myaskovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Alexander Dedyukhin,  Alexander Dedyuhkin,  David Oistrakh  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Sir Adrian Boult,  George Szell,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    The Key Collection: 3 Centuries of Rare Keyboard Gems
    Label: Grand Piano   Catalog: 75355 Release Date: 03/10/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Christian Gottlob Neefe,  Daniel Gottlob Turk,  Leopold Anton Kozeluch,  Johann Baptist Vanhal  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Kagan,  Michael Tsalka,  Kemp English,  Biliana Tzinlikova  ... 
    Conductor:  Kerry Stratton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Invencia Piano Duo
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    Weinberg: Complete Sonatas for Violin & Piano / Kalinovsky, Goncharova
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572320 Release Date: 03/10/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Performer:  Grigory Kalinovsky,  Tatiana Goncharova
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    Weinberg & Bloch: Piano Quintets / Stamic Quintet
    Label: Animal Music   Catalog: 057 Release Date: 02/24/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg,  Ernest Bloch
    Performer:  Aneta Majerova
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamic String Quartet
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    Weinberg: Concertos for Flute and Orchestra / Rajski, Styczen, Polish Chamber Philharmonic
    Label: Tacet   Catalog: 232 Release Date: 02/03/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Performer:  Antonina Styczen
    Conductor:  Wojciech Rajski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Weinberg: Chamber Symphonies & Piano Quintet / Kremer, Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 002611702 Release Date: 01/27/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Andrei Pushkarev,  Giedre Dirvanauskaite,  Dzeraldas Bidva  ... 
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer,  Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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    Weinberg: Solo Sonatas for Violin Nos. 1-3 / Roth
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72688 Release Date: 11/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Performer:  José Gallardo,  Linus Roth
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  • 22.
    Emil Gilels: 100th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002433 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Alexander Alyabyev,  Arno Babadjanyan,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
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  • 23.
    Weinberg: Symphony No. 17 & Suite for Orchestra / Lande, Siberian State Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573565 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Conductor:  Vladimir Lande
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Siberian Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Weinberg: Works for Violin & Piano, Vol. 2 / Kirpal
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777457 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Performer:  Stefan Kirpal,  Andreas Kirpal,  Gundula Kirpal
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  • 25.
    Shostakovich & Weinberg: Cello Concertos / Alstaedt
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 38116 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Performer:  Nicolas Alstaedt
    Conductor:  Michal Nesterowicz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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