Mendelssohn, the Nazis and Me

Mendelssohn, the Nazis and Me

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Director: Sheila Hayman

Cast: Sheila Hayman, Daniel Hope, Steven Isserlis, Asaf Levy

     
 

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It marked an intriguing historical footnote and one that gave rise to an unusual situation. In addition to sustaining a reputation for centuries as one of Germany's most preeminent composers and a national symbol of musical brilliance to Germans, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47) was ethnically Jewish, his Judaic roots long forgotten by many, including those at the head of… See more details below

Overview

It marked an intriguing historical footnote and one that gave rise to an unusual situation. In addition to sustaining a reputation for centuries as one of Germany's most preeminent composers and a national symbol of musical brilliance to Germans, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47) was ethnically Jewish, his Judaic roots long forgotten by many, including those at the head of the Nazi party. When this came to light under Hitler's regime, the Nazis were horrified and did everything in their power to stamp out performance and publication of the composer's works. As directed by Mendelssohn's great-great-great-great niece, Sheila Hayman, this program discusses those events in great detail. It also sheds a light on another facet of the composer's world - the fact that he was a passionate, devoted Lutheran (despite his familial background). This lent an intriguing combination of Jewish and Christian roots to his music that wielded enormous influence over it, in terms of form and content.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/2010
UPC:
0032031451193
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kultur Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:00:00
Sales rank:
61,276

Special Features

Features performances by Daniel Hope, Steven Isserlis, Asaf Levy and Larry Todd

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mendelssohn, the Nazis and Me
1. Opening [1:01]
2. A Musical Treasure [3:47]
3. The Family & A Mid-Summer Night's Dream [2:59]
4. Moses Mendelssohn [5:08]
5. The Influence of Bach [3:10]
6. Saint Paul [4:06]
7. The Wedding March [9:49]
8. Songs Without Words [4:10]
9. Elijah [2:03]
10. The Critical Backlash Begins [10:43]
11. Replacing Mendelssohn's Music [4:16]
12. Revival & Rediscovery [6:38]

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