An old Melodiya recording sleeve informs me that ‘unfortuately, his works are hardly known, even in his adopted home of Russia. However, his work is highly valued and has been much admired amongst other composers and musicians.’

How is it possible, you wonder, that the composer who was closest to Dmitri Shostakovich, in both friendship and style, could remain unknown to a world that reveres Shostakovich?

Well, the ice is breaking and Mieczelaw Weinberg is finally starting to get heard.

But where should a new listener begin?

I try to answer both of the above questions in a sinfini composer guide. Click here to read.

 

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Today’s free classical download is the opening of the first-ever recording of the tenth string quartet by David Matthews, a British composer steeped in Mahlerian language while developing a voice that is absolutely his own. The Lontano from his 10th quartet is one of the lovelist passages I have heard all year.

It comes courtesy of a new participant in the free downloads scheme. Toccata Classics is a one-man band invented by Martin Anderson, publisher, critic and sometime international economics official. Toccata pursues esoteric music with rare passion. Some of its composers   were pushed to the margins by political condictions in their country, others have simply failed to obtain the recognition they deserve. Toccata has high standards and produces few duds. Unusually, you can obtain its new recordings by subscription.
Here is the wonderful David Matthews work, played by the Kreutzer Quartet. You know now where you can find more.
Image: Kreutzer Quartet - Matthews: Complete String Quartets

To download Matthews: String Quartet No. 10, Op. 84 – I. Lontano
click the link below:
TOCC0058-09.mp3 

Kreutzer Quartet at work


Today’s free classical download is the opening of the first-ever recording of the tenth string quartet by David Matthews, a British composer steeped in Mahlerian language while developing a voice that is absolutely his own. The Lontano from his 10th quartet is one of the lovelist passages I have heard all year.

It comes courtesy of a new participant in the free downloads scheme. Toccata Classics is a one-man band invented by Martin Anderson, publisher, critic and sometime international economics official. Toccata pursues esoteric music with rare passion. Some of its composers   were pushed to the margins by political condictions in their country, others have simply failed to obtain the recognition they deserve. Toccata has high standards and produces few duds. Unusually, you can obtain its new recordings by subscription.
Here is the wonderful David Matthews work, played by the Kreutzer Quartet. You know now where you can find more.
Image: Kreutzer Quartet - Matthews: Complete String Quartets

To download Matthews: String Quartet No. 10, Op. 84 – I. Lontano
click the link below:
TOCC0058-09.mp3 

Kreutzer Quartet at work