In Mieczysław Weinberg, born in 1919, the highly complex 20th century is condensed: As a child of Moldavian Jews who fled to Krakow in 1903, he was forced to flee again after the German invasion of Poland and immediately came into Stalin's focus. Dmitri Shostakovich, who together with Weinberg was accused of "formalism", stood up for his colleague. Both remained lifelong friends, both created numerous symphonies. But Weinberg is not an epigone, as his chamber music-inspired works show: The Third, written in 1949, reflects the postulate of socialist realism, but processes the required folk songs in a surprisingly unconventional way.
Mieczysław Weinberg Symphonie Nr. 3 h-moll op. 45
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Opus 15
Ralph Vaughan Williams »Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis«
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