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Ghetto Lullaby


Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1905-1963)

 Gilead Mishory (*1960)

 Christopher Tarnow (*1984)


Yeseul Moon, Piano

Steinway D

"Manfred Bürki" 1901


MDG 904 2267-6


Price: 21,99 €


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The crime of the Holocaust and the Great War remains inconceivable. In a poignant new recording, Yeseul Moon explores three very different artistic approaches to the horror from several generations. The piano works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Gilead Mishory and Christopher Tarnow get right under your skin even without pointing fingers.



Hartmann himself was an eyewitness: the harrowing sight of a trek of survivors from the Dachau concentration camp was the impetus for the composition of the piano sonata "27 April 1945", which takes up what he saw with indescribable intensity and can be heard here in the revised version. In the touching "Funeral March" Hartmann quotes the workers' song "Brothers, to the Sun to Freedom".


Gilead Mishory's "Escape Pieces" interpret the award-winning novel of the same name by Anne Michaels. The story about the boy Jakob Beer, who loses his entire family in the Holocaust, is interlaced many times in place and time. Mishory takes up this complex picture with the help of associative motifs and quotations - a grandiose interpretation of the poetic original!



Christopher Tarnow also takes his cue from a literary model: Hermann Hesse's texts express an indescribable sadness, which Tarnow takes up in very different ways - as a simple melody, or as a "sunken" song. Yeseul Moon audibly takes personal consternation to heart. With the Scherzo from the early version of Hartmann's Sonata, which quotes the "Internationale", she manages a brilliant conclusion to this fascinating and very listening-intensive programme.

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