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Ullmann: Der Kaiser von Atlantis / Agudin, Orchestre Musique des Lumieres

Release Date: 09/14/2018 
Label:  Ibs Classical   Catalog #: 32018  
Composer:  Viktor Ullmann
Performer:  Natalie PérezSebastien ObrechtPierre-Yves PruvotWassyl Slipak,   ... 
Conductor:  Facundo Agudin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musique Des Lumičres
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Viktor Ullmann arrived in Theresienstadt on 8 September 1942. He was 44 years old, a Jew and a former officer of the Austrian army. Being an accomplished composer, well known for his organizational skills, he was immediately solicited by the Freizeitgestaltung to organize concerts and conferences, to write musical reviews (he authored 26 such texts), and to compose. In fact, during the two years before his transport to Auschwitz, he wrote several instrumental and vocal works, including song cycles for baritone and piano, one sonata for violin and piano, his third string quartet, three piano sonatas (numbers 5, 6 and 7) as well as an opera in one act on a libretto by the young poet Peter Kien Der Kaiser von Atlantis oder die Tod-Verweigerung Read more (The Emperor of Atlantis, or the Disobedience of Death). Ever since his arrival in the ghetto, Ullmann seems aware of the precariousness of his future, as is shown in the quite openly ironic remark on the manuscript of his piano sonata nº 7, dated 22 August 1944: “The performance rights are reserved by the composer until his death”, so, not for long. Read less

Works on This Recording

Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann
Performer:  Natalie Pérez (Soprano), Sebastien Obrecht (Tenor), Pierre-Yves Pruvot (Baritone),
Wassyl Slipak (Bass), Anna Wall (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Facundo Agudin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musique Des Lumičres
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Theresienstadt, Czec 

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