The pieces on the In Memoriam programme are steeped in mourning, yet at the same time a beacon of musical refinement.
Mieczysław Weinberg’s Sixteenth String Quartet is gripping in and of itself, but all the more so once you realize the composer wrote it in memory of his sister, who was deported and killed by the Nazis.
In Shostakovich’s final string quartet, death is also calling the shots: the feeling of lamentation is ubiquitous in this extended and slow work, in which the composer seems to be writing wistfully towards his own end.
One of the most important of Quatuor Danel’s many merits is that they have worked relentlessly for years to put Mieczysław Weinberg’s unmatched string quartets on the musical map.
Their recording of his complete string quartets has become a reference work world-wide, not only because it is so brilliant, but first and foremost because the quartet show that Weinberg’s quartets are equally superb as those by Shostakovich.
Quatuor Danel is known for their bold, concentrated interpretations of the string quartet cycles of Beethoven, Schubert, Shostakovich and Weinberg. Their lively and fresh vision of the traditional quartet repertoire subsequently earned them laudatory reviews from audiences and the press. Russian composers occupy a special place in their repertoire.
Quatuor Danel shows that Weinberg’s quartets are equally superb as those by Shostakovich.