Composed in the 1980s, Mieczysław 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 régime and was only rehabilitated years later……..