Songs of the Holocaust
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Rachel Joselson and Réne Lecuona perform songs of the Holocaust -- most written by composers imprisoned at Theresienstadt.

In 1941, the Nazis began deporting Jews to a concentration camp in Theresienstadt (former Czechoslovakia). An unusually high number of artists and musicians were deported there, and the camp was intended to demonstrate to the world, after a visit by the International Red Cross, how well the Jews were being treated by Hitler's regime. The musicians living in Theresienstadt composed hundreds of vocal and instrumental works, as music was their means of coping with the uncertainty and constant fear that marked life in the camp. This recording offers songs written by inmates of Theresienstadt: Adolf Strauss, Viktor Ullman, Carlo Taube, Ilse Weber, Gideon Klein, and James Simon, all of whom perished in the camps. Composer Norbert Glanzberg, a Polish Jew who survived World War II by hiding in unoccupied France until 1944, composed hits for Edith Piaf, Yves Montand, and Maurice Chevalier, before launching a successful film music career after the war. In his later life, inspired by a collection entitled, "Death is a Master of Germany," writings of both Jewish victims and non-Jewish resistance fighters in the camps. Glanzberg went on to compose his "Holocaust Lieder" in memory of those who perished.
Contents:
Adolf Strauss, composer
Ich weiss bestimmt, ich werd dich wiedersehn
Rachel Joselson, soprano; Réne Lecuona, piano

Viktor Ullmann, composer
Drei Jiddische Lieder
Rachel Joselson, soprano; Réne Lecuona, piano

Carlo Taube, composer
Ein Jüdisches Kind
Rachel Joselson, soprano; Réne Lecuona, piano; Scott Conklin, violin

Ilse Weber, composer
Ich wandre durch Theresienstadt
Rachel Joselson, soprano; Réne Lecuona, piano

Ilse Weber, composer
Kleines Wiegenlied
Rachel Joselson, soprano; Réne Lecuona, piano

Ilse Weber, composer
Ade, Kamarad!
Rachel Joselson, soprano; Réne Lecuona, piano

Ilse Weber, composer
Dobry den
Rachel Joselson, soprano; Réne Lecuona, piano

Ilse Weber, composer
Denn alles wird gut
Rachel Joselson, soprano; Réne Lecuona, piano

Ilse Weber, composer
Ukolébavka
Rachel Joselson, soprano; Réne Lecuona, piano

Ilse Weber, composer
Und der Regen rinnt
Rachel Joselson, soprano; Réne Lecuona, piano

Ilse Weber, composer
Wiegala
Rachel Joselson, soprano; Réne Lecuona, piano

Gideon Klein, arr.
Ukolébavka
Rachel Joselson, soprano; Réne Lecuona, piano

James Simon, composer
Drei Lieder aus der Chinesischen Flöte, Op. 10
Rachel Joselson, soprano; Réne Lecuona, piano

Norbert Glanzberg, composer
Holocaust Lieder
Rachel Joselson, soprano; Réne Lecuona, piano; Hannah Holman, cello

Review:
"There have been many song recital discs commemorating the Holocaust. This is one of the finest, both for its imaginative variety of repertoire and for the passion of its performances…She [Rachel Joselson] is closely attuned to all of these songs, singing with a clean, strong soprano…Réne Lecuona contributes bright, vibrant pianism, almost as enchanging as that of her famous namesake. The recorded sound is exemplary." (Fanfare)
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