Concert series Mieczysław Weinberg Days

Mieczysław Weinberg Days

We invite you to the January concert series devoted to the work of Mieczysław Weinberg

A total of 22 symphonies, including seven for voice and orchestra, eight operas, 17 string quartets, concertos, sonatas, cantatas, and songs… One cannot stop marvelling at the richness and diversity of Mieczysław Weinberg’s life work. And it is almost unbelievable that until recently, the composer and his works were virtually ignored by musicians and scholars. So far, only two biographical studies have been published: David Fanning’s Mieczysław Weinberg: In Search of Freedom and Danuta Gwizdalanka’s Mieczysław Wajnberg: kompozytor z trzech światów [Mieczysław Wajnber: A Composer from Three Worlds]. “From three worlds,” what an apt description of the life and work of a Polish artist of Jewish origin, an émigré who settled in the Soviet Union, a student of Józef Turczyński and Vasily Zolotarev, a friend of Dmitri Shostakovich and Mstislav Rostropovich, and a witness of history who escaped death, and who firmly believed in humanism as the only cure for the madness of the 20th century... Weinberg expressed his artistic credo in the following way (quoted after Gwizdalanka): “Many of my works are connected with the war. But it was not me who chose this theme. It was imposed on me by the fate, the tragic fate of my closest ones. I consider it my moral duty to write about the war and the terrible fate that this century held in store for us.” There is no doubt that this outstanding figure deserves to be introduced to the wider public, and there is no better time for that than the year 2019, with the 100th anniversary of his birth falling on January 12. Days of Mieczysław Weinberg are an occasion to celebrate this centenary and to savour his works in superb interpretations. Among others, we will listen to Linus Roth, an outstanding violinist and one of the contemporary discoverers of the composer; it is on his initiative that the International Weinberg Society was founded to bring the composer and his work to public attention. His biography, often reflected in his characteristic sound patterns, would make a perfect screenplay. And film was close to his heart. Weinberg wrote excellent music for the screen; The Cranes Are Flying, a masterpiece of Soviet film directed by Mikhail Kalatozov, won the Palme d'Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival.

                                                                                                              

Agnieszka Nowok-Zych