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Symphony No. 21 (Weinberg)

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The Symphony No. 21, Opus 152, subtitled Kaddish, was composed by Mieczysław Weinberg in 1991. It was the last full-orchestral symphony that Weinberg completed (he died in 1996). The work is dedicated to the Warsaw Ghetto's Holocaust victims.

The symphony is a single-movement work in six sections:

  • Largo: this section quotes from Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G minor.
  • Allegro molto
  • Largo
  • Presto
  • Andantino: this section introduces a soprano singing a wordless requiem.
  • Lento
  • The symphony was first recorded in 2014, by the Siberian Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Dmitry Vasilyev) on the Toccata Classics label.


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