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Terezín: Music from Theresienstadt

Terezín: Music from Theresienstadt

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by Anne Sofie von Otter
     
 
The idea for this collection of music written by prisoners at Theresienstadt, or Terezín, grew out of Anne Sofie von Otter's performance at the 2000 International Forum on the Holocaust. The music here represents only a small fraction of what was written and performed at the camp, much of which has been lost. Terezín served as the Nazi's model camp, in which artists

Overview

The idea for this collection of music written by prisoners at Theresienstadt, or Terezín, grew out of Anne Sofie von Otter's performance at the 2000 International Forum on the Holocaust. The music here represents only a small fraction of what was written and performed at the camp, much of which has been lost. Terezín served as the Nazi's model camp, in which artists were allowed to create new works put on display for the international public as a proof of the humane treatment of prisoners. The performances only masked the hard labor and malnutrition the prisoners suffered when they were not on public display, and most of them died there or went to their deaths in other camps. The awareness of the tragedy behind the music heightens its poignancy. Perhaps most moving are the songs that directly address the prisoners' suffering -- Ilse Weber's "I wandre durch Theresienstadt" and "Ade, Kamerad!," Karel Svenk's "Anything goes!," and the bitterly ironic "Terezín Song," set to a merry tune from the operetta "Gräfin Maritza." Weber's songs have the sweet simplicity of Schubert, and her lullaby, "Weigala," which she sang as she joined a group of children being taken to their deaths, is almost unbearably poignant. The works by the best-known Theresienstadt composers -- Hans Krása, Viktor Ullmann, Pavel Haas, and Erwin Schulhoff -- are at an entirely different level of compositional sophistication than the folk-like or cabaret style songs of the others, but they are no less deeply felt. The performances are uniformly of the highest quality. Von Otter and baritone Christian Gerhaher sing with extraordinary purity, tonal radiance, and intensity. Pianist Bengt Forsberg accompanies them with comparable eloquence and sensitivity. Daniel Hope gives an impassioned performance of Schulhoff's "Sonata for solo violin." Deutsche Grammophon's sound is clean, lively, and present, with excellent balance.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Vivien Schweitzer
Ms. von Otter and Christian Gerhaher sing with heartfelt simplicity, sensitively accompanied by the pianists Bengt Forsberg and Gerold Huber.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2008
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947765462
catalogNumber:
001080302

Tracks

  1. Ich wandre durch Theresienstadt  - Ilse Weber  - Bengt Forsberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Stewart Spencer  - Ilse Weber  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  - Bebe Risenfors  - Alice Herz-Sommer
  2. Pod destnikem (Under an Umbrella)  - Karel Svenk  - Moshe Zorman  - Bengt Forsberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Karel Svenk  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  - Paul Wingfield  - Bebe Risenfors  - Alice Herz-Sommer  - Eva Profousová
  3. Vsechno jde! (Anything Goes!) "Terezin March"  - Karel Svenk  - Moshe Zorman  - Bengt Forsberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Karel Svenk  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  - Erika Abrams  - Paul Wingfield  - Bebe Risenfors  - Alice Herz-Sommer  - Eva Profousová
  4. Ade, Kamerad! (Farewell, My Friend!)  - Ilse Weber  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Stewart Spencer  - Ilse Weber  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  -  Christian Gerhaher  - Gerold Huber  - Alice Herz-Sommer
  5. Und der Regen rinnt (And the Rain Runs)  - Ilse Weber  - Bengt Forsberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Stewart Spencer  - Ilse Weber  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  - Bebe Risenfors  - Alice Herz-Sommer
  6. Ich weiß bestimmt, ich werd dich wiedersehn! (I Know for Certain that I Shall See You Again!)  - Adolf Strauss  - Bengt Forsberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Stewart Spencer  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  - Alice Herz-Sommer  - Ludwig Hift
  7. Terezín-Lied (Terezín Song), after the song "Komm mit nach Varassin" from Kélmén's operetta "Gräfin Maritza"  -  Anonymous  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Stewart Spencer  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  -  Christian Gerhaher  - Gerold Huber  - Alice Herz-Sommer
  8. Wir reiten auf hölzernen Pferden  - Martin Roman  - Bengt Forsberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Stewart Spencer  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  - Manfred Greiffenhagen  - Alice Herz-Sommer
  9. Wiegala  - Ilse Weber  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Stewart Spencer  - Ilse Weber  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  - Bebe Risenfors  - Alice Herz-Sommer
  10. Songs (3) for voice, clarinet, viola & cello: No. 1, Quatrain  - Hans Krása  - Philip Dukes  - Reinhard Luthje  - Vitezslav Nezval  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Arthur Rimbaud  -  Ib Hausmann  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  -  Christian Gerhaher  -  Josephine Knight  - Alice Herz-Sommer
  11. Songs (3) for voice, clarinet, viola & cello: No. 2, Excitement  - Hans Krása  - Philip Dukes  - Reinhard Luthje  - Vitezslav Nezval  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Arthur Rimbaud  -  Ib Hausmann  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  -  Christian Gerhaher  -  Josephine Knight  - Alice Herz-Sommer
  12. Songs (3) for voice, clarinet, viola & cello: No. 3, Friends  - Hans Krása  - Philip Dukes  - Reinhard Luthje  - Vitezslav Nezval  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Arthur Rimbaud  -  Ib Hausmann  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  -  Christian Gerhaher  -  Josephine Knight  - Alice Herz-Sommer
  13. Ein jüdische Kind for 2 voices & piano  - Carlo Taube  - Bengt Forsberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Stewart Spencer  -  Ib Hausmann  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  - Erika Taube  - Alice Herz-Sommer
  14. Yiddish Songs (3): Beryozkele (Birch Tree)  - Viktor Ullmann  - Bengt Forsberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  - Pini Dunner  - David Einhorn  - Alice Herz-Sommer  - Hubert Witt
  15. Clere Venus (Sonnets of Louïze Labé), Op. 34/1  - Viktor Ullmann  - Bengt Forsberg  - Reinhard Luthje  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Stewart Spencer  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  - Louise Labé  - Alice Herz-Sommer
  16. On voit mourir (Sonnets of Louïze Labé), Op. 34/2  - Viktor Ullmann  - Bengt Forsberg  - Reinhard Luthje  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Stewart Spencer  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  - Louise Labé  - Alice Herz-Sommer
  17. I vis, ie meurs (Sonnets of Louïze Labé), Op. 34/3  - Viktor Ullmann  - Bengt Forsberg  - Reinhard Luthje  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Stewart Spencer  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  - Louise Labé  - Alice Herz-Sommer
  18. Songs (4) on Chinese Poetry  - Pavel Haas  - Wei Ying-wu  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  - Erika Abrams  -  Christian Gerhaher  - Paul Wingfield  - Wei Wang  - Gerold Huber  - Bebe Risenfors  - Chiu-Ling Chang  - Yu Han  - Alice Herz-Sommer  - Bohumil Mathesius  - Eva Profousová
  19. Sonata for solo violin  - Erwin Schulhoff  - Daniel Hope  - Valérie Gross  - Marion Thiem  - Alice Herz-Sommer

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