The conciliatory message of Weinberg’s Sixth Symphony recurs in his Requiem op. 96. It was composed between 1965 and 1967, surely as a response to Benjamin Britten’s famous War Requiem of 1962, which had been warmly recommended to him by his friend Shostakovich. Both works are fraught with deep emotion and unrestrained outrage at the horrors of war. Requiems of this sort did not, of course, have a liturgical function in the Soviet Union, where the Orthodox faith had been supplanted by faith in the State. Instead, such laments were …….