Freitag, 28. Oktober 2016

VA - KZ Musik - CD 9

A critical review:

There is something undeniably compelling about the recovery of lost and forgotten music. Silenced Jewish voices, particularly from the august realm of classical music, stir our imagination as an immediate link to the aural texture of the past. And the stories of the thousands of Jewish musicians banned, exiled, and murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators share a special poignancy given the centrality of Jews to modern European musical life. Which is why, for decades, scholars and musicians have worked assiduously to recover the lives and music of the Nazi victims. Organizations such as the OREL Foundation, ORT, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum consistently deliver both music and history with equal accuracy. But these efforts now risk being overshadowed by the new age of multimedia Holocaust music experience.

In theory, the KZ-Musik project of Francesco Lotoro is a noble endeavor. A Catholic Italian who converted to Judaism in 2004, Lotoro has spent years collecting musical manuscripts and recording them. To date, 24 CDs have been issued. The works all come from composers who suffered imprisonment or worse at the hands of the Nazis. Their music was in many cases neglected or partially destroyed.

Yet Lotoro’s construction of a hierarchy of suffering—only incarcerated composers are included in the series, and only music written inside camps—falsifies the very history it purports to recover. This artificial delimitation ignores the full sweep of the Nazi campaign to make Western music judenrein. Where is Paul Ben-Haim in this story? The German Jewish composer left Munich for Tel Aviv in 1933, where he became a founding father of Israeli art music. What of Walter Braunfels? The half-Jewish German composer spent the war in internal exile in Germany and saw his music—the last great burst of German Romanticism—suppressed as “degenerate.” Where is the composer Mieczysław Weinberg? The Polish-born Jewish composer fled the Nazis twice—from independent Poland into the Soviet Byelorussia, then again into the Russian interior—and his wartime works are among the most searing contemporaneous responses to the Nazi genocide. Yet none of these composers finds a place in the Italian recording series, since they don’t fit this particular definition of what a Nazi musical victim should be.



Emile Goué (1904 – 1946) Oflag XB 1. Nuit d’exil, tenor & piano
Stanisław Masło (1912 – 197?) Dachau) 2. Ciągle widzę Cię, baritone & piano

Józef Kropiński (1913 – 1970) Buchenwald 3. Rezygnacja, baritone & piano
4. Na śniegu, baritone & piano
5. Echo Powstania, baritone & piano
6. O, wiem ja!, baritone & piano
7. Moja piosenka (W Buchenwaldzie), baritone & piano
8. Dzisiaj znowu, baritone & piano
9. Pieśń więźniów polskich, baritone & piano
10. Więc uchyl pucharu, baritone & piano
11. Źyczenie, baritone & piano
12. Polka Zygmus, string quartet
13. Mazurek Wojtus, string quartet
14. Mazurek Jurek, string quartet
15. Oberek Kazik, string quartet
16. Źal!, string quartet
17. Tesknota, string quartet
18. Marzenie!, string quartet
19. Andante, string quartet

Viktor Kohn (1901 – 1944) Terezin20. Praeludium EDElstein op.12a, string quartet

Jiří Kummermann (1927 – 1944) Terezin21. A Quartet, string quartet

Egon Ledeč (1889 – 1944) Terezin22. Gavotte, string quartet

Zikmund Schul (1916 – 1944) Terezin23. Schicksal, alto & flute & viola & cello

VA - KZ Musik - CD 9
(256 kbps, cover art included)

2 Kommentare:

Feilimid O'Broin hat gesagt…

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zero hat gesagt…

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