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Terezín / Theresienstadt CD


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  • Audio CD (13 Aug 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000RPSVE0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ich wandre durch Theresienstadt - Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg, Bebe Risenfors
2. Pod destnikem - arranged by Moshe Zorman - Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg, Bebe Risenfors
3. Vsechno jde! - arranged by Moshe Zorman - Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg, Bebe Risenfors
4. Ade, Kamerad! - Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber
5. Und der Regen rinnt - Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg, Bebe Risenfors
6. Ich weiß bestimmt, ich werd Dich wiedersehn - arranged by Moshe Zorman - Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg
7. Terezín-Lied - Adaption of Komm mit nach Varasdin - Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber
8. Karussell - Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg
9. Wiegala - Anne Sofie von Otter, Bebe Risenfors
10. Ctyrversi (Vierzeilengedicht) - Christian Gerhaher, Ib Hausmann, Philip Dukes, Josephine Knight
11. Vzruseni (Empfindung) - Christian Gerhaher, Ib Hausmann, Philip Dukes, Josephine Knight
12. Pratele (Die Freunde) - Christian Gerhaher, Ib Hausmann, Philip Dukes, Josephine Knight
13. Ein jüdisches Kind - Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg, Ib Hausmann
14. 1. Berjoskele - Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg
15. 1. Claire Vénus... (Sonnet V) - Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg
16. 2. On voit mourir... (Sonnet VII) - Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg
17. 3. Je vis, je meurs... (Sonnet VIII) - Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg
18. Zaslech jsem divoke husy (Ich vernahm Wildgänse) - Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber
19. V bambusovem haji (Im Bambushain) - Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber
20. Daleko mesic je domova (Fern der Heimat ist der Mond) - Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. J. A. Morgan on 5 Aug 2008
Format: Audio CD
All the music here was written in Nazi concentration camps and only one composer survived to tell the tale. A sobering disc but astonishingly much of the music is really cheerful, tuneful and beautifully performed as a tribute to artists who rose above their terrible surroundings to leave something memorable and lasting to future generations. Full marks too to DG for recording it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Yearall on 11 Jan 2010
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I had read about this CD in a newspaper article, and it caught my interest. It's basically a compilation of compositions writen by composers who were all to lose their lives in the Holocaust. At 1 point they were all interred in Theresienstadt, which was falsely set up as a show place for the Red Cross to show how well treated the prisoners were! The music and songs are quite lovely, but it is tinged by sadness from knowing that all of these composers are no longer in the world and their creativity was tragically cut short.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
CD of the year 29 Mar 2008
By Henry Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"CD of the year" is what Jessica Duchen called this stunningly beautiful recording at her blog on Dec. 21, 2007: [...]. She wrote, in full:

"CD of the year: Terezin, recorded by Anne Sofie von Otter with Bengt Forsberg, Daniel Hope and friends. This is one of the most extraordinary discs that's ever come my way, and the most devastating. Ilse Weber, a young nurse, volunteered to go with the sick children of Terezin to death at Auschwitz so that she could take care of them en route; her songs are the heart of this recording. It's said she sang 'Wiegala' with the children in the gas chamber. The CD also features music by Pavel Haas, Hans Krasa and the solo violin sonata by Erwin Schulhoff, plus some amazing, black-humoured cabaret songs."

I will add that some of the songs are about being at Terezin (or leaving it to be murdered at Auschwitz), and some of these are unbearably sad, but others are sprightly. Some of the songs are poems unrelated to the Holocaust that composers set to music while at Terezin. The songs are sung in Czech or German, with the booklet containing translations into English and French as well. Some leave melodies running through your head, while others are more challenging, but all are wonderful. This CD is beautiful beyond words -- at least any words that I can come up with.

If you'd like to learn more about this music and its composers and performances, I recommend Music In Terezin: 1941-1945, by Joza Karas. It is not much as literature, but it contains the facts about the music at this concentration camp.
37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Unspeakable Pain and Shame 24 Jun 2008
By Giordano Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
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Approximately 144,000 Jews, mostly from Germany and Czechoslovakia, were imprisoned in the Nazi concentration camp at Theresienstadt for varying terms between 1941 and 1945. Roughly 15,000 of them were children. At least 33,000 died of contagion or starvation. 88,000 were dispatched to Auschwitz or other extermination camps, where they were gassed, usually on the day of arrival. Of the children, no more than 1100 survived. Of the total transient population, there were only 17,247 verified survivors -- 17,247 witnesses to the Holocaust.

Among the Jews at Theresienstadt were some 470 Danish Jews who had not been successfully smuggled away to Sweden. The Danish government to the bold step of demanding that the International Red Cross be allowed to inspect the camp, and on June 23rd, 1944, such an inspection took place. The Germans prepared a mammoth hoax, cleaning, painting, building false fronts for shops, evacuating the sick and scrawny and cutting the population of prisoners to hastening the dispatch of thousands to Auschwitz. Theresienstadt had from the beginning been the "clearing house" for the Jewish intellectual elite, especially of Czechoslovakia. For propaganda purposes, Jews there were permitted certain cultural activities, under censorship. Thus the Red Cross was shown a thriving ghetto in which people conducted art classes, educated children, and performed music of all sorts - cabaret songs, Schubertian Lieder, modernist music not tolerated in Germany, even a children's opera. A film was made, to show the world the humanity of the Third Reich... The makers of the film were immediately sent to be executed. The composers of the music, including the opera, were soon sent to Auschwitz. Three of the composers on this CD - Hans Krasa, Pavel Haas, and Viktor Ullman - were sent to Auschwitz together on October 15th, 1944, and gassed immediately when they arrived.

One inmate of the death-to-come camp at Theresienstadt was a nurse, Ilse Weber, who wrote at least 60 songs which she sang during her night rounds among the sick. The first song on this CD, in the proper German of her murderers, begins like this:

Ich wandre durch Theresienstadt,
das Herz so schwer wie Blei.
Bis jäh mein Weg ein Ende hat,
dort knapp an der Bastei.
I wander through Theresienstadt,
my heart as heavy as lead.
Till suddenly my way ends
right there at the barrier.

When a throng of sick children were shipped from Theresienstadt to the death camp, Ilse Weber voluntarily accompanied them. Eyewitnesses report that in the gas chamber, she sang to the children her own lullaby, Wiegala, included on this CD.

Swedish opera star Anne Sofie von Otter and baritone Christian Gerhaher sing the 25 pieces of music composed by inmates of Theresienstadt with respect and pathos. Von Otter says: "I felt and feel profoundly moved by thoughts of the cruel and terrifying fate of these inncoent prisoners, of all the human beings, young and old, whose existence was obliterated by the Nazis."

This is a CD you need to own. The next time your humanity is insulted by the presence of a Holocaust-denier - there are such execrable creatures here in America - play this CD for him or her. Let's extend that: the next time any preacher of racial or religious hatred, any political scare-monger, any demonizer of immigrants, any ranter against cultural co-existence assaults your decency and intelligence, tell her or him the story of Theresienstadt.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Haunting and Beautiful 9 Jan 2008
By Steven Bilow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I truly hope that this album is released in the US soon. I resorted to buying the 320Kb MP3 download directly from DG's website; but I assure you that this warrents a much wider distribution.

Anne Sofie von Otter is, I admit, my personal favorite singer. She simply would not release anything that was not fabulous. But that is not why I love this release.

This music stands, like other concentration camp music, as the ultimate statement of human will. In conditions as unbearable as those in Theresienstadt, men and woman survived by this music. It demonstrates human strength and the human ability to create beauty even from horror.

The performances are impeccable; including really beautiful German and Yiddish diction, sensitivity, and technical skills. The music stands on it's own as Leider and Chamber Music, even exclusive of it's original environment. Together, they make for a very poignant tribute to the millions who perished in this time period.

It is simply stunning.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very special 27 Oct 2008
By D. G. H. Haslett - Published on Amazon.com
One could write volumes about this very special disk. Of course, considerations arise apart from the music itself. But I have other collections of music from Theresienstadt, which, though moving as a result of the context, do not stand on their own. This disk does.

Von Otter is extraordinary - no trace of the diva here (actually, I have no reason she believes she is one despite her eminence in the musical world!)

Musically, this is an intriguing disk, invoking a number of musical styles from cabaret to chamber music, with hints of Berg. It does lead one to imagine other lives, in other circumstances and that is clearly the intention of the disk, entitled as it is.

No one else has mentioned it but for me the most extraordinarily moving track is Ade, kamerad, sung by Christian Gerhaher - a farewell to a comrade destined for transport to Poland...

I resist emotional blackmail - I feel this disk totally avoids it as much as it can - and is all the more powerful as a result. But it is clearly impossible to think that we can distance ourselves from the subject to appreciate this as simply music. However, it is a necessary disk.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
wonderful musical tribute 13 Jun 2008
By Brunetta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Terezi'n/Theresienstadt by Anne Sofie Von Otter, Benct Forsberg, Christian Gerhaher and Daniel Hope is a wonderful musical tribute to the musicians murdered by the Nazis in the "model" concentration camp, Terezi'n. It is lyrical and lovely and worthy of listening to for many hours. I participate in an annual Holocaust Remembrance program, and I am trying to figure out how we can incorporate this CD into the program. I am pleased to have purchased it.
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