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Symphony No. 17 "Memory" - Weinberg Edition Vol. 2

NEOS 11126CD NEOS 11126CD

2011 release. Stereo/5.1 multichannel hybrid CD/SACD release that can be played on any CD player. Composed in the 1980s, Mieczys?aw Weinberg's symphonies Nos. 17 to 19 were combined by the composer to form a trilogy. The overriding title Die Schwelle des Krieges (The Threshold of War) refers to the Second World War, and thus to the memories that Weinberg, a Polish Jew who found a new home in the Soviet Union, connected with it. Symphony No. 17 is prefixed with a motto from Anna Akhmatova (1898-1966), the Russian poetess who, like Weinberg, suffered under the Stalin regime and was only rehabilitated years later. The motto translates roughly as follows: "My country, you have recovered your might and your liberty! But the burnt years of the war shall ever remain etched in the treasury of the people's memory." The symphony, written between 1982 and 1984, is entirely instrumental and dispenses with vocal parts, such as those found in Symphony No. 18. It acquires special importance as the introduction to a grand triptych. As so often in Weinberg's music, the orchestra is very large. Only the introductory Allegro sostenuto makes use of smaller forces. The strings strike up a sorrowful song in G minor. The "memory" mentioned in the work's title reverberates in this opening. The more agitated second movement, strewn with Dies irae quotations from the Latin Mass of the Dead, gives rise to bellicose conflicts. At the end a solitary solo violin calms the masses and leads to a coda redolent with hope. Performed by: Wiener Symphoniker, Vladimir Fedoseyev (conductor).