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Volume 5 of CPO’s complete edition of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s string quartets with the Quatuor Danel continues with the world première recordings of Quartets Nos. 1, 3 and 10. Also included are the Capriccio Op. 11 and Aria Op. 9.
The series has been highly acclaimed with volume 1 awarded Chamber Music Choice and volumes 2&3 receiving 5 star reviews in BBC Music Magazine. The series has also been reviewed favourably in Gramophone.
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: String Quartet No. 1 in C major, Op. 2/141
I. Allegro commodo
II. Andante tranquillo
III. Allegro molto
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: String Quartet No. 3 in D minor, Op. 14
I. Presto attacca
II. Andante sostenuto attacca
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Sting Quartet No. 10 in A minor, Op. 85
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Capriccio, Op. 11
Capriccio, Op. 11
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Aria, Op. 9
Aria, Op. 9
“The Quatuor Danel is particularly eloquent [in the Tenth], delivering powerfully impassioned playing in the opening declamatory movement and the short third-movement Adagio while projecting a deep sense of unease in the eerie scherzo.”
“The sound is beautifully balanced, close without being overbearing, the playing a model for any aspiring quartet...These five pieces offer a fascinating, rarely viewed glimpse into [Weinberg's] early output and - in the extensively revised First Quartet - how he might have developed had the Second World War not forced him from his native Poland...Another excellent disc.”