A concert produced by PostClassical Ensemble featuring Netanel Draiblate (violin), Benjamin Capps (cello), Alexander Shtarkman (piano) along with commentary by renowned Jewish-music scholar James Loeffler.
Interest in Mieczyslaw Weinberg is rapidly growing. He was a Polish-Jewish refugee whose parents and sister perished in the Holocaust. Though Stalin’s Soviet Union rescued him (as did Dmitri Shostakovich, who brought him to Moscow), Weinberg was himself arrested in 1953 as part of Stalin’s war against the Jews – yet Weinberg was a popular and successful Soviet composer. His intimate association with Shostakovich has yet to be fully unraveled. They continually influenced one another over the course of a remarkable creative conversation. In particular, the spare “late style” of both composers arose collaboratively, and so did their earlier use of Jewish themes.
James Loeffler notes: “Weinberg, having lost his Polish identity, was twice a survivor – of the Holocaust and of Stalin’s Jewish purges. Survivor guilt is intrinsic to his creative identity. He made his god the anti-Fascist Red Army.”
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 (1944)
Weinberg: Piano Trio (1945)