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LAITMAN, L.: Vedem / Fathers (Music of Remembrance)


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LAITMAN, L.: Vedem / Fathers (Music of Remembrance)

Every Friday for two years between 1942 and 1944, a group of teenage boy prisoners in the Terezín concentration camp shared their poems, stories and artwork in a secret magazine they called Vedem. Most of those boys perished in the Holocaust, but the pages of their magazine have miraculously been preserved. Inspired by this legacy, American vocal composer Lori Laitman has created an oratorio that gives new voice to the young prisoners’ unbending resistance to those who sought to rob them of their humanity. Using verses of the boys’ own poetry, this hauntingly beautiful music pays profound tribute to the power of the human spirit. Vedem was commissioned by Music of Remembrance, a Seattle-based organization dedicated to remembering Holocaust musicians through their art.

Laitman, Lori
Mason, David / Hachenburg, Hanus / Taussig, Josef / Ginz, Petr / Ornest, Zdenek, lyricist(s)

1.   Part I: The Transports: Hear My Story Now (A Man, Chorus, A Youth, A Woman) 00:06:30
2.   Part I: The Transports: Memories of Prague (Mezzo - soprano) 00:04:18
3.   Part II: Home Number One: Home Number One (Chorus) 00:02:11
4.   Part II: Home Number One: Five (Tenor) 00:01:44
5.   Part III: Vedem: Vedem (Chorus, A Man, A Woman, Boys) 00:03:42
6.   Part III: Vedem: Just a Little Warmth (Mezzo - soprano) 00:03:16
7.   Part III: Vedem: In Terezin The Mind Was Free (Chorus, Boys) 00:02:11
8.   Part III: Vedem: Thoughts (Tenor, Chorus) 00:02:56
9.   Part III: Vedem: Live Leaves about to Fall (Chorus, A Man) 00:02:27
10.   Part III: Vedem: Love in the Floodgates (Tenor) 00:00:50
11.   Part III: Vedem: We were Alive, Approximately (Chorus) 00:02:08
12.   Part IV: A Model Ghetto (Youths, A Woman, A Man, Chorus) 00:05:35
13.   Part V: They Are Gone: They Are Gone (A Rabbi, Chorus) 00:02:18
14.   Part V: They Are Gone: Farewell to Summer (Mezzo - soprano) 00:02:27
15.   Part V: They Are Gone: We Were No Different Than You (A Rabbi, Chorus, A Woman) 00:06:05

Laitman, Lori
Ranasinghe, Anne / Vogel, David, lyricist(s)

16.   No. 1. Don't Cry, fragment 1 00:00:31
17.   No. 2. You, Father 00:02:11
18.   No. 3. Don't Cry, fragment 2 00:00:36
19.   No. 4. Last Night I Dreamt 00:04:32
20.   No. 5. Don't Cry, fragment 3 00:00:53
21.   No. 6. I Saw My Father Drowning 00:02:35
22.   No. 7. Don't Cry 00:01:23

Total Playing Time: 01:01:19

Laitman, Lori

Ginz, Petr; Hachenburg, Hanus; Mason, David; Ornest, Zdenek; Ranasinghe, Anne; Taussig, Josef; Vogel, David

Crnko, Joseph

Music of Remembrance

Northwest Boychoir

Hauck, Ross; Niederloh, Angela

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Choral - Secular; Vocal

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.559685

Barcode: 636943968529

Physical Release: 05/2011

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