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Udo Zimmerman (b.1943): Weisse Rose, scenes for 2 soloists & 16 instruments / Grazyna Szklarecka, Frank Schiller. Musica Viva Ens. Dresden

Album Summary

>Zimmermann, Udo : Weisse Rose, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Udo Zimmerman spent three careful years working on this opera which tells the true story of brother and sister Hans and Sophie Scholl, who led a non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany. Condemned to die for their actions, we join the siblings in real time as they await their execution from their prison cells. Zimmerman, through stark storytelling and pared down orchestration, leads us with sobriety through their story, at once appalling and life affirming, through which a glimmer of hope and faith in humanity shines from beginning to bitter end. Udo Zimmerman conducts the Musica Viva Ensemble Dresden, who offer suberb support to the young soloists.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany (05/1988).


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>Zimmermann, Udo : Weisse Rose, opera
  • Performers: Frank Schiller (Tenor); Grazyna Szklarecka (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Udo Zimmermann
  • Ensemble: Musica Viva Ensemble, Dresden
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1967-1968