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Like the Leaden Sky


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The Terezin Ghetto Remembered in Works by Czech and Israeli Composers

BTR 9902 (CD only)

Mira Zakai, alto;
Jonathan Zak, piano
Musica Nova Consort;
Israel Kibbutz Choir,
Tel Aviv Symphony Orchestra
Conductors: Avner Itai, Itai Talgam
 and Leonti Wolf
In 1941 the Nazis decided to concentrate most of the Jews of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia in the fortress of Terezin in northwest Czechoslovakia, while gradually transporting them to the death camps. By falsely presenting Terezin as a model Jewish camp, the Germans hoped to mislead the world about the extermination of European Jewry. Artists, writers and scholars among the ghetto inmates helped to organize an array of cultural activities
The CD includes works by Israeli composers (Ben-Zion Orgad, Ruben Seroussi and Haim Permont), written for contralto Mira Zakai as dialogues with Terezin; and works written during the Holocaust by Czech-born composers, who perished in the death camps (Viktor Ullmann, Gideon Klein and Erwin Schulhoff).


1. Haim Permont (b. 1950): Like the leaden sky before it rains (1992)
2. Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944): Herbstlied (Autumn song) (1943) 
3. Viktor Ullmann: Lied der Tröstung (Song of consolation) (1943)
4. Ben-Zion Orgad (b. 1926): The personal place (1995)
5. Gideon Klein (1919-1945): Lullaby (1943) 
6. Ruben Seroussi (b. 1959): A victim from Terezin (1995)
7. Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942): Concertino, op.75 (1927) 

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