This music video is called Zbigniew Preisner – Diaries of Hope – PAMIĘTNIKI.
By Krystyna Zavisha in Britain:
Live Music: Diaries Of Hope
Wednesday 16th October 2013
Innocence shines amid the horrors of death camps
Diaries Of Hope
Barbican Hall, London EC2
After visiting the Yad washem museum in Jerusalem, Zbigniew Preisner was haunted by an exhibition dedicated to children who perished in the Holocaust.
His companion during the trip, filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski of the Three Colours trilogy renown, encouraged him to describe the experience musically and the idea for Diaries Of Hope was born.
Preisner was inspired by texts written by Polish children, among them the diaries of Rutka Laskier – not unlike those of Anne Frank – and Dawid Rubinowicz, along with the poems of Abram Koplowicz and Abram Cytryn.
With their childlike faith in the future, they are at the crux of the music’s imagery.
Part oratorium, part requiem this sombre opus overwhelms completely with the density of its soundscape.
With Preisner conducting, the haunting choral and orchestral support for the memorably nuanced voices of Lisa Gerrard and Archie Buchanan was immaculate, reflecting every subtle chromatic of the Diary’s palette.
Adam Klocek’s cello provided a moving counterpoint as Buchanan delivered Cytryn’s meditative lines while Konrad Matylo’s piano wove moments of inspired respite. The string section delicately interposed the leitmotif of a gentle, melancholy waltz – a reminder perhaps of the innocence of children playing in the midst of horror.
Preisner scored a historic triumph which has an impact beyond the standing ovation on the night and the moving encores at the end. Diaries Of Hope are laden with the deepest humanity and despite the sorrow they express they will remain forever uplifting.
- Barbican Presents UK Premiere of Diaries of Hope by Zbigniew Preisner Featuring Lisa Gerrard (shinesquad.me)
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- Have you ever heard the Universe? Part I (seldomtune.wordpress.com)
- The Incredibly Depressing Answers College Students Gave When Asked What the Holocaust Was and Where it Began (theblaze.com)
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