MIECZYSŁAW WEINBERG (1919-1996): String Quartets, Vol. 2 - No. 1 in C, Op. 2/141, No. 7 in C, Op. 59 and No. 11 in F, Op. 89.
Catalogue Number: 05X060
Reference: CHAN 20174
Description: The first quartet of the self-taught teenager, written in 1937, in what Weinberg later described as his ‘neo-impressionist’ style, was heavily revised later in his life, and eventually re-published as Op. 141, in 1985. (It is this revised version that has been recorded here, the original version surviving only in manuscript form, in places virtually illegible.) The seventh quartet dates from 1957, after a gap of twenty turbulent years that had witnessed the emigration of Weinberg from Poland to Russia, his introduction to Shostakovich, and his experience of censorship and imprisonment in 1953. In contrast to his earlier quartets, the mood is more intimate and withdrawn, yet defiant. The eleventh quartet was composed in 1965-66, at a time when Weinberg was mulling over the composition of his first opera, The Passenger. Arcadia Quartet.