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Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Mieczyslaw Weinberg, a Soviet composer of Polish-Jewish origin, featuring the music of Weinberg's last two decades.

Over the past seven decades, Composer of the Week has delved into just about every major composer in classical music, and plenty of less well-known ones too. As the programme reached its 70th birthday last year, Donald Macleod challenged listeners to come up with the name of a deserving composer who had never previously been featured. Suggestions flooded in, over four-and-a-half-thousand of them, and of these, more than 20 made the case for an obscure Soviet composer of Polish-Jewish origin, Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Weinberg's music is well represented on CD, and as Donald heard more and more of it, his astonishment that he hadn't come across it before grew commensurately. So all this week, Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Mieczyslaw Weinberg, in the company of writer, broadcaster and champion of unjustly neglected composers, Martin Anderson.

Today, in the final installment of this introduction to the life and work of Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Donald presents a brief sampling from the music of the composer's last two decades: a pair of concertos, for clarinet and flute; the 12th Symphony, written in memory of his friend and mentor Shostakovich, who died in August 1975; his final violin sonata; and an extraordinary trio for flute, viola and harp, of which Donald remarks, "I don't think I've ever heard the kinds of sonorities that Weinberg extracts from these three instruments".

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Fri 6 Jun 2014 19:00

Music Played

  • Mieczyslaw Weinberg

    Concerto Op.104 for clarinet and orchestra

    Performer: Urban Claesson. Performer: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Thord Svedlund.
    • CHANDOS : CHSA-5064.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 12.
  • Mieczyslaw Weinberg

    Concerto no. 2 Op.148 for flute and orchestra

    Performer: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Anders Jonhäll. Conductor: Thord Svedlund.
    • CHANDOS : CHSA-5064.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 6.
  • Mieczysław Weinberg

    Sonata no. 6 Op.136b for violin and piano

    Performer: Linus Roth. Performer: Joe Gallardo.
    • CHALLENGE: CC72567.
    • CHALLENGE.
    • 5.
  • Mieczyslaw Weinberg

    Symphony no. 12 Op.114

    Performer: St. Petersburg Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Vladimir Lande.
    • NAXOS: 8.573085.
    • NAXOS.
    • 3.
  • Mieczyslaw Weinberg

    Trio Op.127 for flute, viola and harp

    Performer: Henrik Wiese. Performer: Nimrod Guez. Performer: Uta Jungwirth.
    • CPO: 777 630-2.
    • 777 630-2.
    • 5.

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