Episode #1943

Previewing Echoes of Hope

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

David Lisker David Lisker (DavidLisker.com)

In a preview of his upcoming Echoes of Hope concert, violinist David Lisker explores Jewish composers who wrote music during the Holocaust. These works were an escape from reality, or a reflection from within the walls of concentration camps. Out of the nine composers featured on this program, only one escaped death from a Nazi camp, Mieczyslaw Weinberg, whose composition is not of hope, but of anger and sorrow.

Highlights of this week's program include Erwin Schulhoff, a Czech composer, who incorporated sounds of jazz and folk into his works. Schulhoff also composed a piece for piano with a silent movement, which proceeded John Cage’s "4:33" by 30 years. Another Czech composer, Gideon Klein, created the manuscript for his piece less than two weeks before he was deported to Auschwitz.

Thanks to Lisker’s research, many of these pieces are being encountered for the first time, nearly 70 years after the Nazis surrendered.

Program playlist:
Ernest Bloch: Nigun
— David Lisker, violin; Renana Guttman, piano.

Erwin Schulhoff: Alla Tarantella from Five Pieces for String Quartet
Erwin Schulhoff: Cavatine from Divertimento for String Quartet
— David Lisker, Regi Papa, violin; Cong Wu, viola; Michael Katz, cello.

Gideon Klein: Allegro from Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello
Hans Krása: Fugue from Passacaglia and Fuga
— David Lisker, Regi Papa, violin; Cong Wu, viola; Michael Katz, cello.

Viktor Ullmann: first movement Allegro from Piano Sonata 7
— Renana Guttman, piano.

Carlo Taube: Ein Jüdisches Kind
— Meredith Lustig, soprano; David Lisker, violin; Renana Guttman, piano.

Pavel Haas: Pripoved from Šest písní v lidovém tónu
— Meredith Lustig, soprano; Renana Guttman, piano.

Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Toccata from Piano Trio, Op. 24
— David Lisker, violin; Michael Katz, cello; Renana Guttman, piano.

Robert Dauber: Serenade for Violin and Piano
— David Lisker, violin; Renana Guttman, piano.

All recorded live in the Young Artists Showcase studio at WQXR.

Produced by:

Aaron Dalton

Comments [2]

Deloss Brown from New York City

This is one of the saddest pieces of programming I ever listened to, and in fact I could not hear it to the end. It is WONDERFUL that Mr. Lisker has found and presented these works, and I congratulate him. He cannot undo the crimes, or compensate the victims, but his efforts--apart from showcasing the musical value of the pieces, which is considerable--have reminded us of the horrible acts that were committed, and should set our fur to bristle and our fangs to come out at any hint that they should ever be committed again. The damage that was done to the human race by the Holocaust will not be eradicated for centuries.

May. 06 2015 10:02 PM
Jonella Rose from Lonely Igg-orant Boondox of Sullivan County, NY

Really beautiful - especially the Nigun piece by Ernest Bloch. I wish people could access this program on-line - it's really lovely - very touching and special - and sad.

May. 06 2015 09:57 PM

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