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Chamber Music from Theresienstadt 1941-1955

Hawthorne String Quartet

Gideon Klein, Viktor Ullman

SKU: 1691

Year of release: 1991

Gideon Klein, Trio 13:44
1. Allegro Gideon Klein 02:25
2. Variace na téma moravské lidové písné Gideon Klein 07:56
3. Molto vivace Gideon Klein 03:23
4. Gideon Klein - Fantasie a Fuga Gideon Klein 08:50
Gideon Klein, Sonáta pro Klavir 11:37
5. Allegro con fuoco Gideon Klein 05:05
6. Adagio Gideon Klein 03:27
7. Allegro vivace Gideon Klein 03:04
Gideon Klein, Kvartet op. 2 19:57
8. Pomalu Gideon Klein 10:03
9. Vicace, ma non troppo Gideon Klein 03:12
10. Andante cantabile Gideon Klein 06:41
Viktor Ullmann, Quartett op. 46, no 3 14:02
11. Allegro moderato Viktor Ullman 02:58
12. Presto Viktor Ullman 04:04
13. Largo Viktor Ullman 04:13
14. Allegro vivace Viktor Ullman 02:46
Total time: 68:12

About this album

CHAMBER MUSIC BY GIDEON KLEIN AND VIKTOR ULLMANN MUSIC FROM THERESIENSTADT (1941-1945) This compact disc recording is dedicated to the unique creative spirit of the composers incarcerated in the concentration camp Theresienstadt. Their music is one of the most moving chapters of the spiritual resistance in the history of the Holocaust. Located sixty kilometers north of Prague, Terezin was built in 1780 as a garrison town by Emperor Josef II. With the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Nazis in 1939, this fortress town was to become the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Theresienstadt was designed to serve two purposes: 1. a way station to the gas chambers of Auschwitz; and 2. an ideal vehicle of deception to mask the existence of the death camps, ultimately disguising the annihilation of the Jews. It was on November 24, 1941 that the first Jewish prisoners arrived in Terezin. Musical instruments were smuggled into Theresienstadt with the arrival of the second transport. Concerts, at first, were held secretly in the attics and basements of the barracks. Upon discovery of these secret performances, the Nazis realized the great importance of culture to the lives of the prisoners in Theresienstadt. They immediately sanctioned these cultural activities, believing that it would be easier to keep the prisoners under control…….

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(...) Uplifting, a testament to the power of the human spirit... A magnificent performance. (...)