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Weinberg: Complete String Quartet [Quatuor Danel] [CPO: 777913-2] Box set


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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Mieczyslaw Weinberg
  • Audio CD (28 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: CPO
  • ASIN: B00I9OFTQO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,892 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A Phenomenal Edition: Weinberg's String Quartets on Six CDs at a Super Price Mieczyslaw Weinberg's genuinely awe-inspiring complete seventeen string quartets are now available in a box set in interpretations by the Belgian Danel Quartet that can only be described as a musical blessing. Inspired by Shostakovich's widow Irina (and other factors), the Quatuor Danel began acquiring the scores of all seventeen Weinberg quartets in 1995 and after a number of years (2007 to 2012) has now finished its complete recording for cpo. The BBC Music Magazine immediately named the first volume the best chamber music CD in March 2008, and further prizes followed.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By GD on 6 July 2014
Heard some Weinberg on Radio 3 (first time I'd even heard of him) and was immediately taken. Decided to go for chamber works and decided on the complete quartets. A good decision - I was not disappointed - in fact I was bowled over.

The sort of listening experience that demands a return and a return and a return again. So much going on, and with the quartet form allowing the listener to realise it. e.g. Listen to the Scherzo in Quartet No.5 - the sharp clarity of the idea would not have been served by a heavier instrumental palette. The excitement of the (all too short) movement demanded an intimate soundscape. i.e. The quartet.

Also the Presto from No.2 - precise, clear, compelling - just exhilarating.

Overall? Great music - treat yourself to a 'new' listening experience - well worth the effort.

CD recordings are uniformly excellent - as too is the playing of the 'Danel' Quartet.

I also enjoyed the 'Jawlensky' imagery on the CD packaging.

Downside? Amazon's price (at £48) is too high - especially when other sellers are able to sell it at the £30 mark. (And, paradoxically, also as a new product from the Amazon site?)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great music waiting to be heard. 16 Sept. 2014
By Leeber Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
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To quote the program notes "Weinberg was born in Warsaw, and his early musical activities were as a pianist and ensemble leader at the Jewish theatre where his father was composer and violinist." He was fortunate to survive when he fled to Russia in 1939. He became a good friend of Shostakovich who helped save his life in 1953. He is often accused of being a copycat of Shostakovich. I think the best place to start is quartets number 5 and number 6 which were published in 1945. Both contain some beautiful singing melodies which are sad but maintain joy at the same time. You may see the influence of Shostakovich but he was a superb composer of his own right. The sadness is different than Shostakovich. There is plenty of darkness and angst but there is more room for joy and hope. The Danel Quartet is excellent and the recording quality excellent. There is a lot of great music waiting to be discovered in these discs. The program notes are informative but I will be looking for more detailed material today.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Revelation. 6 July 2014
By GD - Published on Amazon.com
Heard some Weinberg on Radio 3 (first time I'd even heard of him) and was immediately taken. Decided to go for chamber works and decided on the complete quartets. A good decision - I was not disappointed - in fact I was bowled over.

The sort of listening experience that demands a return and a return and a return again. So much going on, and with the quartet form allowing the listener to realise it. e.g. Listen to the Scherzo in Quartet No.5 - the sharp clarity of the idea would not have been served by a heavier instrumental palette. The excitement of the (all too short) movement demanded an intimate soundscape. i.e. The quartet.

Also the Presto from No.2 - precise, clear, compelling - just exhilarating.

Overall? Great music - treat yourself to a 'new' listening experience - well worth the effort.

CD recordings are uniformly excellent as too is the playing of the 'Danel' Quartet.

I also enjoyed the 'Jawlensky' imagery on the CD packaging.

Downside? Amazon's price (at £48) is too high - especially when other sellers are able to sell it at the £30 mark. (And, paradoxically, also as a new product and from the Amazon site?)
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Essential 20th-century string quartets 5 May 2014
By Donald Clarke - Published on Amazon.com
I was going to buy this set anyway, looking forward to a couple set of Weinberg's quartets -- a fine Russian composer who had a mutual admiration society with Shostakovich -- but one small disappointment is that they have packaged six individual CDs in their "jewel boxes" instead of putting the discs in one of those nifty little cardboard boxes. So the set is clunky, taking up three times as much space on your shelf as necessary. Never mind; I'll forget that as soon as I am wallowing in the music.
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