Produced by PostClassical Ensemble (“One of the nation’s most innovative music groups” – Philip Kennicott, The Washington Post).
Netanel Draiblate (violin), Benjamin Capps (cello), Alexander Shtarkman (piano).
Commentary by renowned Jewish-music scholar James Loeffler.
Interest in Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996) 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. Also, his father-in-law, the famous Jewish actor Solomon Mihkoels, was in 1948 the first victim of this internal war. And 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.”
Weinberg: Solo cello works
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 (1944)
Weinberg: Piano Trio (1945)