Bernstein 'Kaddish'

Schönberg, Weill, Bernstein - In memory of the persecuted and downtrodden of this world. Arnold Schönberg, Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein - three Jewish fates, three eminent, albeit very different, 20th century composers. Schönberg and Weill, both born in Europe and forced to emigrate after the National Socialists seized power, went on to develop rather contrasting forms of musical expression in their American exile, with Schönberg continuing steadily on the path of atonality which he had initially embarked on in Europe. Weill found a new direction as a Broadway musical composer and could well be considered as a predecessor of Leonard Bernstein. Arnold Schönberg, in turn, was an important paragon for the aspiring composer Kurt Weill who for a while considered studying under Schönberg in Vienna. The plan fell through due to Weill lacking the financial means to cover the expensive private lessons.



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Review "I found this disc incredibly moving and count is as a highlight of my collection. The play-order is well-considered. As I progressed through the album, I went from enjoying it and realising that I would be listening to it regularly, to then having to sit-down and fully absorb the immense gravity and turbulence of Bernstein's 3rd symphony and it's message. The subject-matter is dark and harrowing; It explores a holocaust-survivor wrestling with his faith and confronting God on man's inhumanity. How could He allow such horrors? Written in the 1960's during the advent of the Cold War, the narrator fears more horrors to come. The world remains a troubled place today and this music has lost none of its poignancy. Everyone should hear it! I loved it."- Anonymous
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