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Fragility of Freedom Terezin Lieder
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Simon Wallfisch baritone
Joseph Middleton piano

£12 (+£1 booking fee)


For the third year in succession, the Howard Assembly Room presents a concert commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day, which this year has the theme Fragility of Freedom.

Pianist and Leeds Lieder director Joseph Middleton, together with baritone Simon Wallfisch, perform a hand-picked selection of songs by composers murdered in the holocaust, including Viktor Ullmann and Pawel Haas. Joseph comments, “I’m really pleased that Simon Wallfisch can do this recital. He’s the perfect singer for this concert… It will be thoughtful and sensitive and challenging.”

The duo will also present music by composers who were lucky to escape Nazi occupied Europe and live their lives in Exile in the US and UK, such as Kurt Weill, Erich Korngold, and Hans Gál, who escaped Vienna, was interned in the Isle of Man and went on to start the Edinburgh International Festival.

In association with the University of Leeds.

Voices of Theresienstadt Songs and word written in Ghetto Theresienstadt 1941-1944 (Diary entries from Gonda Redlich, Zeev Shek and Viktor Ullmann)

Viktor Ullmann (1888-1944)

From: 3 Yiddish Songs (Brezulinka) Op. 53

Lieder der Tröstung (Albert Steffen)
“Tote wollen nicht verweilen”
“Erwachen zu Weihnachten” (Fragment)

“Wanderer erwacht in der Herberge”
“Der müde Soldat”

Carlo Taube (1897-1944)

“Ein Jüdisches Kind”

Pavel Haas (1899-1944)

Čtyři písně na slova čínské poezie

“Zaslech jsem divoké husy”
“V bambusovém háji”
“Daleko měsíc je domova”
“Probděná noc”

Leo Strauss (1897-1944)

“Als Ob!” (arr. I. Farrington)

Viktor Ullmann

Der Mensch und sein Tag
12 Bilder von Hans Günther Adler Op. 47
Gang in den Morgen Gesang
Der Liebsten
In der Stube Der Nachbar Gebete
Im Walde Verdämmern Nacht

Ilse Weber 1903 – 1944

“Ich wandre durch Theresienstadt”

Maurice Ravel 1875 – 1937

Deux mélodies Hebraïques