The Memorial symphony is dedicated to the victims of World War II, a theme that touched me personally.
I was very excited for the composition’s premiere to be performed by the USSR Symphony Cinema Orchestra, in 1988, in Moscow. For a young composer, this was an amazing opportunity. Plus, this was the first time that I heard the symphony performed live, and it was also recorded — by the best orchestra I could have wished for at that time.
Below, is the live recording of the premiere. The recording is old, and there are some background noises, so please accept my apology for that.