Music of Karl Weigl
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL242     Release Date: 2010-02-01
Patricia Brooks, soprano; Betty Allen, mezzo-soprano; The Iowa String Quartet: Allen Ohmes, violin; John Ferrell, violin; William Preucil, viola; Charles Wendt, cello

Karl Weigl was born toward the end of the century in Vienna, remaining there during the long afternoon of that city's glory, and into its agony at the start of World War II. He studied piano and composition at the Vienna Academy and privately with Alexander V. Zemlinsky, and after receiving his doctorate at the University of Vienna in 1904, was appointed to an enviable position as Mahler's assistant coach at the Vienna Imperial Opera. It was Mahler himself who believed in the young man's music and was instrumental in getting some of his early compositions performed. Weigl had already written a large number of works, including the first of his six symphonies, when he won the coveted “Beethoven Prize” from the Society of Friends of Music for the third of his eight string quartets. Later he also was awarded the “Prize of the City of Vienna” for his symphonic cantata, “World Festival.”

The String Quartet No. 5 in G major, Op. 31, which had the sub-title “In Light Mood,” is marked by a lyrical flow and melodious invention which can be most satisfying. This differentiates it somewhat from some of his later chamber music or orchestra works which tend to be more serious, at times even portentous in tone and mood. After first hearing this quartet in 1968 Winthrop Sargeant wrote in The New Yorker, “The Weigl Quartet was a delight, written by a supreme craftsman . . . My conclusion is that he was a figure of major importance.” After its first performance by the Busch Quartet in Vienna in 1934 it was described as “masterly in form and technique, beautiful in harmony and one of the composer's most mature works . . . a true affirmation of life.” It is in four movements, with the traditional scherzo and larghetto separating the more rigorously formed corner movements.


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Track Listing

Five Songs for Soprano and String Quartet, Op. 44: I. Trost
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Five Songs for Soprano and String Quartet, Op. 44: II. Sommernachmittag
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Five Songs for Soprano and String Quartet, Op. 44: III. Regenlied
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Five Songs for Soprano and String Quartet, Op. 44: IV. Ave Maria
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Five Songs for Soprano and String Quartet, Op. 44: V. Einladung zur Martinsgans
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Three Songs for Alto and String Quartet: I. Sommers Tod
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Three Songs for Alto and String Quartet: II. Liebesode
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Three Songs for Alto and String Quartet: III. Hexenlied
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String Quartet No. 5 in G, Op. 31: I. Sehr ruhig
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String Quartet No. 5 in G, Op. 31: II. Allegro molto
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String Quartet No. 5 in G, Op. 31: III. Larghetto
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String Quartet No. 5 in G, Op. 31: IV. Allegro comodo
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