Shostakovich’ famous song cycle for soprano, alto and tenor in the original language of the songs: Yiddish!
From September 1941, Jewish musicians were no longer
allowed to appear in public in the Occupied Netherlands.
Thus began the ‘Zwarte avonden” (“black nights”)
performances. These were more or less clandestine
concerts in private houses. There was also a prohibition
on more than twenty people gathering in any house, so
precautions had to be taken. This recital presents vocal
music from these concerts. It also includes two items by
Henriëtte Hilde Bosmans written at the liberation of
Amsterdam by Canadian troops.