Sweet New Arrivals: KZ Musik

Welcome back from your spring break, Music Library readers! Whether it was spent in warm, beachy climes or, like mine, even further north than usual with the usual assortment of cold, wind, rain and snow, I’m sure it was well spent catching up on your me-time.

But being back at school isn’t all bad, right? For one thing you’ve got us to visit! For another, we have a great new arrival! This one’s a big deal- a 12-volume CD set from the Naxos classical record label. And it contains some rather interesting/intense music. It’s called KZ Musik and it is a compilation of music written by inmates in Nazi concentration camps during WWII.

KZ Musik is intended to collect performances of every single piece of music composed in this horrific setting. It’s a lot of music, including compositions in nearly every classical form you can imagine: symphonies, lieder, piano sonatas, fugues, dances, arias, duos, trios, quartets etc. They also span a large variety of instruments, from pieces for full orchestras to smaller chamber groups, pieces for pianos, organs, guitars, vocal works, and more.

This will probably be the most comprehensive collection of music composed in concentration camps to ever be released. It is meant to make sure that nothing falls through the cracks- while certain Holocaust pieces such as Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” have been canonized, a litany of works have been ignored, until now. The music, naturally, is both depressing and inspiring- a portrayal of the human spirit and its creativity even in the darkest of surroundings. Come check it out!

Here’s the link to the first CD of 12. If you’re really interested, click the link for “Varying Forms of Title” (shown below) for the rest of the items.

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