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Wes Phillips on von Otter's Terezin/Theresienstadt

My compliments to WP for a sensitive write-up of von Otter's tremendous "Terezin/Theresienstadt." Especially fine, I thought, were his thoughts on Gerhaher's rendition of Pavel Haas's "Four Songs on Chinese Poetry."

I bought von Otter's recording immediately upon its release, especially as I'm actually writing something on Terezin in regards to the work of the late German writer, W. G. Sebald. I've been listening to von Otter's new disc incessantly, while writing about it. Perhaps I'll post a casual blog soon on the Terezin songs and Sebald's discussion of Terezin in his works...

P.S. - also: I really enjoyed reading JA's review of Silverman's Rachmaninoff disc. And Erick Lichte on the composer vs performer issue. The allusion to Mendelssohn, I thought, was really inspired, especially as it casts a telling light on the virtuoso tradition in the 19th century. Just too much good writing in this issue!

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Re: Wes Phillips on von Otter's Terezin/Theresienstadt


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I bought von Otter's recording immediately upon its release, especially as I'm actually writing something on Terezin in regards to the work of the late German writer, W. G. Sebald. I've been listening to von Otter's new disc incessantly, while writing about it. Perhaps I'll post a casual blog soon on the Terezin songs and Sebald's discussion of Terezin in his works...


When we visited Terezin in 2006, there was decent museum presentation of the graphic art and literature that was written there but, since so few can read music, it was unfortunate that there was no adequate audio offering. Let me suggest a few recordings to those who might be interested:
Chamber Music of Gideon Klein on MDG
Chamber Music and Songs of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on RCA
Gideon Klein's Partita for Strings on Ondine

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Re: Wes Phillips on von Otter's Terezin/Theresienstadt

Thanks for the valuable recommendations, Kal. I could have REALLY used those recommendations when I was trying to dig up recordings by Theresienstadt composers a few years back. Too bad I found Stereophile a bit late! There are some recordings on Naxos, including Hans Krasa's opera "Brundibar," which was performed at Terezin by the children of the concentration camp. For some reason, Naxos decided to use adult singers, and the English-fied libretto is by the playwright Tony Kushner. I've yet to hear the opera performed by the children, as it ought to... the day I do, I swear, I probably won't be able to talk for about 24 hrs after hearing it...

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