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Terezín - Theresienstadt / Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg, et al

Album Summary

>Weber, Ilse : Ich wandre durch Theresienstadt
>Svenk, Karel : Pod destnikem (Under an Umbrella)
>Svenk, Karel : Vsechno jde! (Anything Goes!) "Terezin March"
>Weber, Ilse : Ade, Kamerad!
>Weber, Ilse : Und der Regen rinnt
>Strauss, Adolf : Ich weiß bestimmt, ich werd dich wiedersehn! (I Know for Certain that I Shall See You Again!)
>Anonymous : Terezín-Lied (Terezín Song), after the song "Komm mit nach Varassin" from Kálmán's operetta "Gräfin
>Roman, Martin : Wir reiten auf hölzernen Pferden
>Weber, Ilse : Wiegala
>Krása, Hans : Friends
>Taube, Carlo Sigmund : Ein jüdische Kind for 2 voices & piano
>Ullmann, Viktor : Birch tree
>Ullmann, Viktor : Clere Venus (Sonnets of Louïze Labé), Op. 34/1
>Ullmann, Viktor : On voit mourir (Sonnets of Louïze Labé), Op. 34/2
>Ullmann, Viktor : I vis, ie meurs (Sonnets of Louïze Labé), Op. 34/3
>Haas, Pavel : Songs (4) on Chinese Poetry
>Schulhoff, Erwin : Sonata for Violin solo
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Notes & Reviews:

The Swedish mezzo-soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter, is known as one of the most versatile stars of her generation. She is always in search of new musical challenges, whether with the songs of Cecile Chaminade or of Benny Andersson. Here, von Otter has chosen a project with a serious and historically significant background. She interprets pieces written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp by a group of Jewish composers who were imprisoned there and yet managed to foster a rich cultural life even under the most extreme conditions. On this album, Anne Sofie von Otter is joined by one of the greatest lieder singers of today, Christian Gerhaher, and their longtime pianists Bengt Forsberg and Gerold Huber, respectively.

BBC Music Magazine
... despite all their suffering, the music that was written and performed there expresses a strong will to live and attests to the power of the creative spirit... Such feelings are omnipresent in this beautifully recorded recital performed with wonderful sensitivity and immediacy by singers Anne Sofie von Otter and Christian Gerhaher and their highly responsive instrumental partners.

Gramophone Magazine
The music on this CD is beautiful, some of it comic, some of it elegiac, all of it almost unbearingly touching. All these composers were incarcerated in the concentration camp at Terezín in what is now the Czech Republic. One survivor, the pianist Alice Herz-Sommer has written: "Music allowed many inmates to bare their hearts...even in the darkest corners of the earth...it was, at least for the moment, a liberation." The songs by Ilse Weber and Karel Svenk are in the cabaret style, deceptively jolly tunes, overlaid with bitter irony in the words. Anne Sofie von Otter sings them with exquisite tenderness; Bengt Forsberg at the piano and Bebe Risenfors on guitar accompany lovingly. The three best-known composers whose works have survived from Terezín are Pavel Haas, Hans Krása and Viktor Ullmann. Krása's Three Songs on texts by Rimbaud, Ullman's Six Sonnets and Haas's Four Songs on Chinese Poetry are all major works that change the perspective of the history of the German Lied. Christian Gerhaher sings the Krása and Ullmann with noble spirit.



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Works Details

>Weber, Ilse : Ich wandre durch Theresienstadt
  • Performers: Bengt Forsberg (Piano); Bebe Risenfors (Accordion); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940s

>Svenk, Karel : Pod destnikem (Under an Umbrella)
  • Performers: Bengt Forsberg (Piano); Bebe Risenfors (Accordion); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Svenk, Karel : Vsechno jde! (Anything Goes!) "Terezin March"
  • Performers: Bengt Forsberg (Piano); Bebe Risenfors (Accordion); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Weber, Ilse : Ade, Kamerad!
  • Performers: Christian Gerhaher (Baritone); Gerold Huber (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1940s

>Weber, Ilse : Und der Regen rinnt
  • Performers: Bengt Forsberg (Piano); Bebe Risenfors (Double Bass); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940s

>Strauss, Adolf : Ich weiß bestimmt, ich werd dich wiedersehn! (I Know for Certain that I Shall See You Again!)
  • Performers: Bengt Forsberg (Piano); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1940s

>Anonymous : Terezín-Lied (Terezín Song), after the song "Komm mit nach Varassin" from Kálmán's operetta "Gräfin
  • Performers: Christian Gerhaher (Baritone); Gerold Huber (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1940s.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940s

>Roman, Martin : Wir reiten auf hölzernen Pferden
  • Performers: Bengt Forsberg (Piano); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940s

>Weber, Ilse : Wiegala
  • Performers: Bebe Risenfors (Guitar); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940s

>Krása, Hans : Friends :: no 1, Quatrain
  • Performers: Philip Dukes (Viola); Christian Gerhaher (Baritone); Ib Hausmann (Clarinet); Josephine Knight (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Krása, Hans : Friends :: no 2, Excitement
  • Performers: Philip Dukes (Viola); Christian Gerhaher (Baritone); Ib Hausmann (Clarinet); Josephine Knight (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Krása, Hans : Friends :: no 3, Friends
  • Performers: Philip Dukes (Viola); Christian Gerhaher (Baritone); Ib Hausmann (Clarinet); Josephine Knight (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Taube, Carlo Sigmund : Ein jüdische Kind for 2 voices & piano
  • Performers: Bengt Forsberg (Piano); Ib Hausmann (Clarinet); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940s

>Ullmann, Viktor : Birch tree :: Beryozkele (Birch Tree)
  • Performers: Bengt Forsberg (Piano); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ullmann, Viktor : Clere Venus (Sonnets of Louïze Labé), Op. 34/1
  • Performers: Bengt Forsberg (Piano); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ullmann, Viktor : On voit mourir (Sonnets of Louïze Labé), Op. 34/2
  • Performers: Bengt Forsberg (Piano); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ullmann, Viktor : I vis, ie meurs (Sonnets of Louïze Labé), Op. 34/3
  • Performers: Bengt Forsberg (Piano); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Haas, Pavel : Songs (4) on Chinese Poetry
  • Performers: Christian Gerhaher (Baritone); Gerold Huber (Piano); Bebe Risenfors (Accordion)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Schulhoff, Erwin : Sonata for Violin solo
  • Performer: Daniel Hope (Violin)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927