At the age of 20, Mieczyslaw Weinberg fled the Nazi Panthers invading his native Poland for a life in Soviet Russia, which presented its own life-threatening perils. His works are strong, beautifully crafted and grippingly original. His style embraces influences that range from Yiddish Theatre and cantorial music to his deep and abiding mutual friendship with Shostakovich at the vanguard of Russian Modernism.
This concert takes place during Passover, the Festival of Freedom. Its story of flight and pursuit of living in a manner of one's own choosing strongly resonates with Weinberg's personal and compositional journey.
The Attacca Quartet and Jeanne Golan perform the Piano Quintet, Piano Sonatine and Cello Sonata No. 2.
Their new album, WEINBERG, will be released under the Steinway & Sons Label in April.