Weinberg: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 21

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Weinberg: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 21

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

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His work has drawn favourable comparisons with that of his contemporaries Prokofiev and Shostakovich, so its something of a surprise that Mieczysław Weinberg's music remains relatively unknown. With an output spanning 22 symphonies, seven operas and a wealth of chamber pieces, Weinberg's catalogue is a veritable treasure trove of Soviet-era gems. Born in Poland in 1919 to Jewish parents from modern-day Moldova and Ukraine, the young Weinberg grew up in the thick of Warsaw's thriving interwar Yiddish theatre scene. His post-graduation move to Russia saved him from the horrors of life in the Warsaw Ghetto and deportation to a concentration camp, and he was the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust. Weinberg’s association with Shostakovich brought him both musical inspiration and personal support during hard times. The Soviet Union wasn’t exactly a haven for a Polish Jew, and Weinberg continued to encounter antisemitism. A ban on his work in the late 1940s meant that he was unable to break into the musical establishment, and made his living composing music for the circus. An early supporter of Weinberg's work, Shostakovich considered the younger man a great talent and a close friend. In 1953 he even offered to intervene after Weinberg was arrested on spurious charges, and vowed to raise his daughter should anything happen to Weinberg and his wife. More recently, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has been a proactive champion of Weinberg's work. This is the second recording she has produced featuring his music, and it was a critical hit upon its 2019 release. read more


    Record Label

    Deutsche Grammophon (DG)


    3 May 2019


    26 November 2018, 9 December 2018

    Recording locations

    Vilniaus Plokštelių Studija, Vilnius, Symphony Hall, Birmingham


    Vilius Keras

    Recording Engineer, Mastering Engineer

    Vilius Keras

    Recording Engineer, Mastering Engineer

    Aleksandra Kerienė

    Studio Personnel

    Donatas Kielius