Daily Archives: January 27, 2015

Never forget

It was seventy years ago, on January 27, 1945, that the Red Army liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. In 2005, the BBC, CBC (Canada), TVP (Poland), ZDF (Germany), and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum collaborated to produce “Holocaust: A Music Memorial Film from Auschwitz” to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation. The film intersperses musical works by various composers with reminiscences from Holocaust survivors. The musical numbers for the movie were all performed and filmed on location at Auschwitz; and while all of them were masterfully performed by world-class musicians, the one that I found the most bone-chillingly, heartbreakingly moving was this one from the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs by Polish composer Henryk Górecki.

Each of the symphony’s three movements is based on a different story of love and loss: the first on a 15th century lament of Mary at the death of Jesus; the second on a few lines scrawled on the wall of a prison cell by a teenage girl; the third on a song about a mother mourning for her son who was killed in one of the Silesian uprisings. Although the composer said that the symphony was not about specific historical events, but about the ties between mother and child, and the pain of separation and loss, it was inevitable that the work’s second movement would be associated with the Holocaust. The words are those of a Polish girl, Helena Błażusiakówna, who was arrested and imprisoned by the Gestapo in 1944 when she was eighteen years old. Helena wrote on the wall of her prison cell, “O Mamo nie płacz nie—Niebios Przeczysta Królowo Ty zawsze wspieraj mine” (Oh Mama, do not cry—Immaculate Queen of Heaven, protect me always).

The soloist in this performance is Isabel Bayrakdarian and the Sinfonietta Cracovia is conducted by John Axelrod.

If you’d like to see and hear all the musical numbers from “Holocaust: A Music Memorial Film from Auschwitz,” you can find them here.

If you’d like to hear the complete Symphony of Sorrowful Songs by Henryk Górecki, you can find it here. It’s close to an hour long, but well worth listening to.

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Let’s Survey the Headlines Today, Shall We?

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Snow. Check.
C1
Lots of snow. Many inches of snow. Got it.  Or as it’s known in the midwest, ‘Tuesday.’
M1
Wait… What’s this? News?
F1
I guess Fox didn’t get the memo.
journolists
Graphic from the Earl of Taint.

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SNOWMAGEDDON REDUX

To my bestest buddy CtH and all the lurkers who live in the northeast,thoughts and prayers for you surviving this challenge. To the rest of the liberals in the armpit of socialism who keep electing the likes of Chuck U. Schumer and Mayor Commiepinko Deblasio,piss on you. How’s that global warming working out for you? For being northeast of Chicago on the Illinois/Wisconsin border,we’ve been blessed with a fairly mild winter season so far. We had some freezing rain overnight and the streets were,as grandpa was fond of saying,’slicker than snot on a pump handle.’

Talking about the weather is preferable to having to talk about the national embarrassment/communist/narcissistic asshole who has dropped all pretense of caring for anyone but his muslim brothers.

Today’s post will be short,since I agreed to leave my station here to go with DW to a grade school talent show. Miss Isabel is in it,since she is a budding flautist. I think she should take up the guitar so she could be another Joan Jett or Lita Ford. I’m using the trip as an excuse to hit the White Castle in DeKalb since I’ve been Jonesing for a bag of sliders since forever.

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