Live Concert Recording from the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, 20 March 2012
Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano), Daniel Hope (violin), Bengt Forsberg (piano) & Bebe Risenfors (accordion, double bass, guitar)
75 years after the Reichspogromnacht (9 November 1938) Deutsche Grammophon is paying tribute to the musicians of the concentration camp “Terezin” (near Prague) with a follow-up to the immensely powerful Terezin CD which was released in 2007.
This DVD is now taking the story further with a 1h documentary film about the concentration camp, including interviews with Daniel Hope, Anne Sofie von Otter, and the Terezin survivors, as well as a full concert recording.
Documentary film by Dorothee Binding & Benedict Mirow
c. 60min incl. parts of the concert and further music material
Daniel Hope with Jazz guitarist Coco Schumann (a survivor of the Theresienstadt concentration camp) & in Terezin
Daniel Hope with Pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, a survivor of the Theresienstadt concentration camp
Christian Gerhaher with Bebe Risenfors in Terezin
Filmed parts with Anne Sofie von Otter
Filmed parts with Daniel Hope
Subtitles: English and French
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“As on the CD, the performances are unfailingly intense and committed, but an added dimension here is the personal contribution from all the artists who provide poignant verbal introductions to the music they perform.”
“The film isn't a monumental guilt-trip; ultimately, it's about having a life beyond one of history's greatest tragedies...In the Munich concert, everyone is at their best...But the cost of performing this music is much more evident (everyone is on the verge of tears at various points) than on the 2008 CD.”