Weinberg: Piano Trio

February 6, 2019

Marking the centenary of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s birth this year, I’ve been devoting my evening commute to his music. The past couple of weeks have reaped an embarrassment of riches: his Symphony No.1, several string quartets, his wonderful Piano Quintet, and his first Piano Trio. All are impressive  pieces of work, and all were written while he was still in his mid-20s!

Good filmed performances of his music are not easy to come by, so I was happy to find this artful presentation of the Toccata movement of the Piano Trio, played by Trio Khnopff. This is a frenetic movement, nervous and buzzing, and not, perhaps, what I’d have first chosen, but beggars cannot be choosers:

4 Responses to “Weinberg: Piano Trio”


  1. I’m not altogether sure that it’s altogether right and proper to make cool videos for classical music. But this one is certainly cool. So is the music.

    I haven’t listened to the piano quintet–I assume there’s only one, and it’s in the set with the chamber symphonies? I let it start playing after two of the latter and it just…well, let’s say it did not hit the spot, and I haven’t gone back to it. Eventually….

  2. cburrell Says:

    Yes, only one piano quintet. It’s an early work, whereas the chamber symphonies are late, and that could account for the change of gears you detected. But on its own terms I find it excellent. The last movement, especially, is beautifully structured and has a memorable conclusion.

  3. blah deblah Says:

    I like it, but I might have nightmares.


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