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After the Darkness

The Hague String Trio

Hans Krása, Gideon Klein, László Weiner, Dick Kattenburg, Mieczysław Weinberg

SKU: COBRA0065

Year of release: 2019

Passacaglia & Fuga 09:08
1. Passacagilia: Sehr ruhig Hans Krása 06:25
2. Fuga: Allegro molto Hans Krása 02:43
3. Tanec Hans Krása 05:48
String trio 12:22
4. Allegro Gideon Klein 02:17
5. Variations on a Moravian folk song: Lento Gideon Klein 06:45
6. Molto Vivace Gideon Klein 03:19
Serenade 13:16
7. Andante - Allegro László Weiner 04:36
8. Adagio László Weiner 05:02
9. Allegro László Weiner 03:37
10. Trio à cordes Dick Kattenburg 05:48
String trio Op.48 14:46
11. Allegro con moto Mieczysław Weinberg 05:47
12. Andante Mieczysław Weinberg 04:37
13. Moderato assai Mieczysław Weinberg 04:21

About this album

After the Darkness

Nearly seventy-five years after the liberation of May 1945, World War II still plays a substantial role in European politics, in our thinking and our actions. We are now at a remove of three generations from World War II and are still discovering new facts, still confronted with new insights, still finding new testimonials from those times. In a certain sense, this CD also belongs to the category of recently discovered testimonials from the dark years between 1933 and 1945. Everywhere freedom of speech was restricted, and not only in Europe. Moreover, several generations of Jewish composers and performing musicians seemed simply to have disappeared. Not until a quarter of a century after the war did people start to ‘discover’, little by little, just how much music had been lost through the war. Yet today, unknown compositi- ons from those years are regularly discovered, and works thought to have been lost are found again.

The music performed on this CD is by Jewish composers whose lives were destroyed in World War II by persecution, murder or exile. The title of the CD refers to the book by Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel: After the Darkness: Reflections on the Holocaust. The project After the Darkness means a lot to The Hague String Trio. They feel it is a privilege to let the music of these composers be heard, to create a lasting testament so their music will never be forgotten and shall live on After the Darkness.

The Hague String Trio was founded by Justyna Briefjes, Julia Dinerstein and Miriam Kirby in 2006. They came together to share their love for chamber music and have formed a strong bond over their many years as an ensemble. The trio enjoys exploring the extensive string trio repertoire, from treasured masterpieces to lesser known compositions which they feel deserve more recognition. They also work closely with composers such as Robin Holloway, Kerry Woodward, Arne Werkman and Reza Nakisa as well as fellow musicians including oboist Pauline Oostenrijk & pianist Daniël Kramer with whom they play regularly. The Hague String Trio performs throughout the Netherlands, and gives concerts every year in England and Germany, where it has built up devoted followings.

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Reviews

Music Frames (Mar. 2019)

‘After the Darkness’ is een schitterend album, waar violiste Justyna Briefjes, altvioliste Julia Dinerstein en celliste Miriam Kirby van het The Hague String Trio de zwarte-2de-W.O.-bladzijde transformeren tot fabelachtige muziek die ze met zeel veel verve uitvoeren!==‘After the Darkness’ is a beautiful album, where violinist Justyna Briefjes, viola player Julia Dinerstein and cellist Miriam Kirby of The Hague String Trio transform the black-2nd-W.O.-history into fabulous music which they perform with great verve!

Opus Klassiek (Mar. 2019)

Kort en goed twee geweldige aanwinsten, in muziek gegoten ware monumenten, die niet alleen doen herinneren aan de verschrikkingen van de Holocaust, maar vooral dankzij de hartverwarmende betrokkenheid van de vijf musici de muziek op haar best doet klinken. Hoeveel talent ging niet door harde hand verloren en hoeveel schitterende muziek heeft het in die in creatief opzicht zo onvruchtbare grond niet opgeleverd!

MusicWeb International (Apr. 2019)

There’s a well-researched booklet note to read and an unproblematic, well-balanced recording to enjoy. The performances are very persuasive and the programme balanced and attractive.

de Gelderlander (Mar. 2019)

Het driedelige Strijktrio van Klein werd voltooid ruim een week voordat de componist Theresienstadt moest verlaten voor het werken in een kolenmijn nabij het vernietigingskamp Auschwitz. Ook hier speelt volksmuziek een belangrijke rol. Met name in de contrastrijke variaties over een Moravisch lied. Briefjes, Dinerstein en Kirby spelen in dit tweede deel hun sterkste troeven uit. De kleuren en de accenten laten de luisteraar haast in trance achter. Ongelofelijk dat destijds zoveel moois kon ontstaan te midden van de afschuwelijke realiteit van een concentratiekamp....In de catalogus van het Nederlands Muziek Instituut in Den Haag ontdekten de dames van The Hague String Trio het manuscript van Trio à cordes van de jonge Dick Kattenburg uit Bussum. Ze verzorgen hier de schitterende wereldpremière van het magnifieke, zeer eigenzinnige eendelige werkje uit 1937-1939. Kamermuziekliefhebbers mogen zich deze kans niet laten ontgaan. Adembenemend.

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Technical Specifications

SpeakersKEF 105.3
Digital To Analog ConverterMerging Technologies
Mastering EngineerTom Peeters
EditingPyramix, Merging Technologies
CablesAcoustic Revive
MicrophonesB&K 4006, modified by Rens Heijnis
Recording FormatDSD256
Analog To Digital ConverterMerging Technologies
Recording DateJuly 2018
Recording LocationKoepelkerk, Renswoude (NL)
Recording EngineerTom Peeters
ProductionTom Peeters