MIECZYSLAW WEINBERG (1919-1996): Symphony No. 6 for Boys’ Choir and Orchestra, Op. 79, Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, Op. 47/1.
Catalogue Number: 05N010
Description: Now available in a budget-priced version, the Sixth, a six-movement work from 1963 was written around the same time as Shostakovich’s No. 13. T his is also a lament for the suffering caused by war but Weinberg’s voice is softer, less shrill and angry with the poets of the three texts he sets (one shot by the KGB in 1952, one imprisoned but finally released in 1960 and the other a classic example of horrible official Soviet poetry) speaking silent, subversive volumes about the composer’s actual intent. The Rhapsody is a 13-minute work from 1949, right after the which meets all party demands in using a medley of folk-influenced tunes, both melancholy and high-spirited, culminating in a joyous dance finale. Glinka Choral College Boys’ Choir, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra; Vladimir Lande.