Vedem CD

An "important release," says American Record Guide. "Laitman’s music is smooth as a glove and suits the material to a T. It is warmly and simply romantic in idiom and lets the text do the talking." Every Friday for two years between 1942 and 1944, a group of teenage boy prisoners in the Terezín concentration camp shared their poems, stories and artwork in a secret magazine they called Vedem. Most of those boys perished in the Holocaust, but the pages of their magazine have miraculously been preserved. Inspired by this legacy, American vocal composer Lori Laitman has created an oratorio that gives new voice to the young prisoners’ unbending resistance to those who sought to rob them of their humanity. Also: "The brief song cycle Fathers is another example of Laitman’s poignant lyricism," says BBC Music Magazine.

Watch a video about the world premiere of Vedem and listen to audio excerpts below.


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Track 1: Part I: The Transports: Hear My Story Now (A Man, Chorus, A Youth, A Woman)

 

Track 2: Part I: The Transports: Memories of Prague (Mezzo-soprano)

 

Track 4: Part II: Home Number One: Five (Tenor)

 

Track 7: Part III: Vedem: In Terezin The Mind Was Free (Chorus, Boys)

 

Track 10: Part III: Vedem: Love in the Floodgates (Tenor)

 

Track 13: Part V: They Are Gone: They Are Gone (A Rabbi, Chorus)