Composer of the Week: Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996)

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The life and music of an over-looked great

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TV & Radio Information
BBC Radio 3
Monday, June 2, 2014 - 12:00

After challenging listeners to come up with a never before featured, but no-less deserving, composer to celebrate Composer of the week turning 70 last year, Donald Macleod discovers the life and music of little-known composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg.

Despite barely receiving recognition as a composer, Weinberg's numerous symphonies and string quartets that are contrastingly well represented on CD. Macleod delves into these throughout the week and also explores the composer’s escape from Nazi-invaded Warsaw and his lifelong friendship with Shostakovich.