Kaddish

Mieczysław Weinberg

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Mieczysław Weinberg
Symphony No. 21 „Kaddish“

Conductor: Tomáš Brauner
Soprano: Marie Fajtová
Violin: Ondřej Hás
National Theatre Orchestra

Glorified and sanctified be God’s great name throughout the world which He has created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen...

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Sat 23/04/2022
7.00 pm
National Theater
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The concert, which is part of the Musica non grata cycle, presenting music by composers persecuted by 20th-century totalitarian regimes, is dedicated to an artist whose life was afflicted by both the Nazis and the Communists. The Polish-Russian composer and pianist Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996) fled from Poland to Belarus from the Nazis when he was 20 years of age. Later on, he moved to Moscow, yet owing to his Jewish descent and the nature of his music he faced harsh oppression from the Soviet establishment. In 1953, he was arrested on charges of “Jewish bourgeois nationalism”. The concert takes place in cooperation with the Polish Institute in Prague.

Today, Weinberg is primarily known for his 1968 opera The Passenger, which only received its first fully staged performance in 2010, in a production directed by David Pountney. The piece manifests the vital role played in Weinberg’s music – clearly influenced by that of Dmitry Shostakovich – by his experience and memories of the horrors of World War II, the Holocaust in particular. Weinberg treated the subject in many of his works, protesting against war and expressing compassion with those who experienced unbearable suffering. “I did not choose the theme. It was dictated to me by Fate, the tragedy of my beloveds. I feel morally obliged to write about the war, about the horrific fate our century brought to people.”

The same applies to Weinberg’s final completed orchestral piece, the 1991 Symphony No. 21, subtitled “Kaddish”. The extensive work, made up of six sections, reveals the composer’s human and artistic affinity to Shostakovich and may be defined as an elegy teeming with desire for life, and expressing unfathomable agony and everlasting hope. Weinberg dedicated Symphony No. 21, “Kaddish”, to the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising against the Nazis in 1943. The performance at the National Theatre marks the Czech premiere of this extraordinary work.

Kaddish

Glorified and sanctified be God’s great name throughout the world which He has created according to His will.
May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen.
May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity.
Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.
May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.
He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

Concert in Cooperation with Polish Institut in Prague.

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