WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 6 / Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes for Naxos
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 childrens 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. Five movements work is dedicated to children victims of Second World War. Weinbergs friend, Shostakovich, was so impressed that he used it as teaching material in his own classes.