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Weinberg is increasingly recognised as one of the outstanding composers of the second half of the twentieth century. His Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes is a concise medley of tunes that embrace folk influence, both melancholic and high spirited, culminating in a joyous and unstoppable dance. Scored for a very large orchestra and a children’s choir, Symphony No. 6 is a work of huge expression, anguished and dynamic, encompassing lament, circus gallops, burlesque, and a cataclysmic and heartrending slow movement. Weinberg’s friend, Shostakovich, was so impressed that he used it as teaching material in his own classes.
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Rapsodiya na Moldavskikh temakh (Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes), Op. 47, No. 1
Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, Op. 47, No. 1
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Symphony No. 6, Op. 79
I. Adagio sostenuto
III. Allegro molto
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