Most of his moving symphony was written in Leningrad during the German siege of the city. "This piece is not about Hitler. It is not even really about Stalin. Its timelessness and its greatness is its constant relevance. The tragedy of this piece is that there will always be tyrants, there will always be suffering. What the piece offers is the hope that despite that, the human spirit will never be broken. Evil will always be present, but so will humanity's constant ability to be able to resist it". (Mark Wigglesworth). Recommended: Gramophone.