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Composers from Theresienstadt

Karel Berman, Alfréd Holoček, Premsyl Charvat

Pavel Haas, Karel Berman

SKU: 3191

Year of release: 1991

Four Songs to the Text of Chinese Poetry 14:10
1. Zaslech Jsem Divoké Husy Pavel Haas 02:57
2. V Bambusovém Háji Pavel Haas 02:16
3. Daleko Mĕsic Je Domava Pavel Haas 05:07
4. Probdĕna Noc Pavel Haas 03:49
Poupata (buds) - Four Songs for Bass & Piano 08:28
5. Májové Ráno Karel Berman 02:56
6. Co se dēje pri probuzeni Karel Berman 01:40
7. Deti si hraji Karel Berman 01:20
8. Pred usnutim c. 1 Karel Berman 01:24
9. Velikonicni Karel Berman 01:06
Suite for Piano Solo 25:41
10. Mladi Karel Berman 03:22
11. Rodina - domov Karel Berman 03:24
12. 15.3.1939 Okupace Karel Berman 05:03
13. Tovarna - Nemecko Karel Berman 01:37
14. Osvetim - Tovarna na mrtvoly Karel Berman 03:45
15. Tyfus v Kz Kauffering Karel Berman 00:42
16. Sam - Sam! Karel Berman 03:51
17. Novy Zivot Karel Berman 03:53
Total time: 48:20

About this album

Among the musical activities in the Terezn (Theresienstadt) concentration camp, the presentations of Hans Krsas childrens opera Brundibr had, without any doubt, a very special standing. Not necessarily for the artistic standards – after all, the young singers were not seasoned artists – but rather for their singing, so spontaneous and radiant, that it became a must for the majority of the Terezin inhabitants to attend it. In popularity Brundibr surpassed even the most beloved Czech opera, Smetanas The Bartered Bride…..

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The Kansas City Star

(...) this recording has historical significance, and allows listeners a glimpse into musical activities during a period when the world was shaken by indescribable horrors. High Performance, Summer 1993 Forbidden composers heard again (...) the music is neither sentimental nor hysterical.

American Record Guide

(...) The music may be rather obvious, but I found it quite moving.


Technical Specifications

Recording NotesRecording courtesy of Supraphon Studio, Prague
Recording DateFebruary, march 1985