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Terezín: Music from Theresienstadt

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2008
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947765462
  • Catalog Number: 001080302
  • Sales rank: 91,227

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ich wandre durch Theresienstadt - Ilse Weber & Bengt Forsberg (2:38)
  2. 2 Pod destnikem (Under an Umbrella) - Karel Svenk & Moshe Zorman (3:10)
  3. 3 Vsechno jde! (Anything Goes!) "Terezin March" - Karel Svenk & Moshe Zorman (2:16)
  4. 4 Ade, Kamerad! (Farewell, My Friend!) - Ilse Weber & Jean-Claude Poyet (2:22)
  5. 5 Und der Regen rinnt (And the Rain Runs) - Ilse Weber & Bengt Forsberg (1:47)
  6. 6 Ich weiß bestimmt, ich werd dich wiedersehn! (I Know for Certain that I Shall See You Again!) - Adolf Strauss & Bengt Forsberg (3:19)
  7. 7 Terezín-Lied (Terezín Song), after the song "Komm mit nach Varassin" from Kélmén's operetta "Gräfin Maritza" - Anonymous & Jean-Claude Poyet (2:55)
  8. 8 Wir reiten auf hölzernen Pferden - Martin Roman & Bengt Forsberg (4:12)
  9. 9 Wiegala - Ilse Weber & Anne Sofie von Otter (2:35)
  10. 10 Songs (3) for voice, clarinet, viola & cello: No. 1, Quatrain - Hans Krása & Philip Dukes (1:40)
  11. 11 Songs (3) for voice, clarinet, viola & cello: No. 2, Excitement - Hans Krása & Philip Dukes (2:00)
  12. 12 Songs (3) for voice, clarinet, viola & cello: No. 3, Friends - Hans Krása & Philip Dukes (1:26)
  13. 13 Ein jüdische Kind for 2 voices & piano - Carlo Taube & Bengt Forsberg (2:43)
  14. 14 Yiddish Songs (3): Beryozkele (Birch Tree) - Viktor Ullmann & Bengt Forsberg (5:21)
  15. 15 Clere Venus (Sonnets of Louïze Labé), Op. 34/1 - Viktor Ullmann & Bengt Forsberg (3:36)
  16. 16 On voit mourir (Sonnets of Louïze Labé), Op. 34/2 - Viktor Ullmann & Bengt Forsberg (2:38)
  17. 17 I vis, ie meurs (Sonnets of Louïze Labé), Op. 34/3 - Viktor Ullmann & Bengt Forsberg (1:31)
  18. 18–21 Songs (4) on Chinese Poetry - Pavel Haas & Wei Ying-wu (13:22)
  19. 22–25 Sonata for solo violin - Erwin Schulhoff & Daniel Hope (11:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anne Sofie von Otter Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So moving and touching

    Seldomly has music moved me more than the one on this CD. All composers here, from Ilse Weber to Erwin Schulhoff, from Karel Svenk to Pavel Hans, to name a few, had been imprisoned in the Nazi concentration camp of Theresienstadt, and what lyrics and music they had written under such horrible circumstances just leaves one in deepest thought and breathless. I am reminded of Messiaen's "quartour pur la fin du temps", especially during Erwin Schulhoff's "Sonata for Violin", but the lyrics in many of the other pieces here add a new form of expreession here. One can barely hold back the tears when Ilse Weber writes: "Theresienstadt, Theresienstadt, wann wohl das Leid ein Ende hat, wann sind wir wieder frei?". An important CD of emminent material, given the best thinkable treatment by Anne Sofie von Otter and her colleagues, that will serve as a monument in time.

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