Canal March

Musical prodigies: Weinberg and Shostakovich

Kandinsky Trio: Corrado Bolsi, violín; Amparo Lacruz, violonchelo y Emili Brugalla, piano

"Toccata", from M. Weinberg's Piano Trio Op. 24. "Allegretto" from D. Shostakovich's Trío nº 2 in E minor, for violin, violoncello, and piano Op. 67.

Weinberg fled to Moscow as a refugee in 1943. It was there that he met Shostakovich, in whom he found a friend, teacher and protector with whom to share his musical interests. Their mutual influence on each other is clearly reflected in the excerpts from the two works included in this video: a movement from Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67 and another from Weinberg’s Piano Trio Op. 24, composed in successive years (1944 and 1945, respectively). Both works consist of four movements organized in the same manner and they are similar in their style and dramatic tension. The “Toccata” from Weinberg’s Trio refers to the Baroque era but is presented as renewed music, with an obsessive, vigorous and even violent character, patent in ostinati, while the “Allegretto” from Shostakovich’s Trio also includes references to a baroque form (the passacaglia) of a repetitive nature, with a succession of contrasting elements forming a movement of a sarcastic and even macabre nature, in which the Judaic component is emphasized.

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