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Posted October 1, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.