Quatuor Danel - Weinberg Quartets No. 16 & 17
The leading French string quartet - who have been "Quartet in Residence" at the University of Manchester since 2005 - were the first to perform the complete 17 quartets of Mieczyslaw Weinberg, here in Manchester in November 2009.
Since then, they have taken the cycle all over the world, and while others have recorded the quartets, their CPO set remains the benchmark.
Weinberg’s quartet cycle comes to a conclusion with two highly contrasted works. No. 16, dedicated to the memory of his sister, who perished at the hands of the Nazis, is dark and defiant. No. 17, dedicated to the Borodin Quartet, has its introspective passages but is determined to reach for the light.
Weinberg - Quartet No. 16 in A flat minor, Op. 130
Weinberg - Quartet No. 17 in D, Op. 146