World-renowned mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter performs music from Terezín with an ensemble of exceptional colleagues.
Anne Sofie von Otter Mezzo soprano
Daniel Hope Violin
Bengt Forsberg Piano
Bebe Risenfors Accordion, double bass, guitar
Songs and instrumental music from Terezín. Music by Kálmán, Ullmann, Schulhoff, Haas, Berman, Roman and Bach
Terezín, or Theresienstadt, was the concentration camp north of Prague where the Jewish cultural elite – composers, musicians, painters, writers, scholars of every kind – were interned during the Nazi reign of terror. Encouraged to continue their creative activities as a Nazi propaganda tool, they nevertheless produced fascinating, deeply moving and often uplifting work that affirms the triumph of human dignity over almost unimaginable suffering.
World-renowned Swedish mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter has assembled a collection of songs and instrumental music produced or played in Terezín – from colourful cabaret songs by Martin Roman to tender lullabies by Ilse Weber, by way of Lieder by Pavel Haas and Viktor Ullmann – which she performs with an ensemble of exceptional international colleagues.
among the world's great mezzo-sopranos.
The Daily Telegraph
This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.