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Johann Sebastian Bach - Mass in B minor - Warsaw 17 January 2020

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Bach B-minor Mass Faksimile-Reihe Bach'scher Werke und Schriftstücke, Neue Folge, 2   Documenta Musicologica II/35 National Philharmonic Orchestra  -  National Philharmonic Choir  Stefano Montanari - conductor Olga Pasiecznik - soprano Karolina Makuła - mezzo-soprano Agata Schmidt - mezzo-soprano Hugo Hymas - tenor Jaromír Nosek - bass Bartosz Michałowski - Choirmaster What can a modest literary author possibly say of interest in his commentary on arguably the greatest masterpiece of Western music ? What has not been said before by numerous fertile minds of genius? Before mentioning the fine performance in Warsaw, I will eschew originality and would recommend two profound books on Bach that occupied my mind when thinking about this vastly referential work, a monumental creation which swings like a great pendulum of sensibility, human culture and philosophy between the sensual and liturgical. If you wish to penetrate the labyrinth of this work,

Jubilee Concert in Warsaw to celebrate the 90th Birthday of the great Polish operatic soprano Teresa Żylis-Gara 26/01/2020

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One of the greatest opera singers at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries Her unsurpassed lyrical soprano with a captivating color and dramatic possibilities delights both listeners of concert halls and the audience of opera theaters around the world. She was born in Landwarów near Vilnius.  She studied at the Łódź conservatory with prof.  Olga Olgina.  She won her first laurels by winning the Intercollegiate Singers Competition in Warsaw in 1953.  In the years 1954–1955 she was involved as a soloist of the State Philharmonic in Krakow.  She made her debut on the opera stage at the Krakow Opera, creating the main role in the opera  Halka by  Stanisław Moniuszko. The breakthrough in her career was brought by the artist's prize at the Bavarian Radio International Vocal Competition in Munich.  Soon after this success, she became a soloist in the opera theater in Oberhausen, and then in Dortmund.  Already as a primadonna she was associated with one of the best German scenes

27 July 1945 - 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

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Click on photographs to enlarge for a superior image                                                                                                                                                   [Friends of Zion Museum] Approaching Auschwitz on the Ferry in 1992 Winter sunset at Auschwitz 1992 Crematorium remains at Birkenau, Winter  1992 Zyklon B crystals Majdanek Camp Museum 1992 Unkempt Jewish Cemetery at Lesko, south-east Poland The compression of time into an instant image. Birkenau - the terrible 'Little Wood' [Behind the main Birkenau camp there were two more crematoria, Krems IV and V.  They were considerably smaller than II, and III but were still of sufficient size to kill many people each day.  The area was cordoned off with barbed wire. Branches of leaves were woven thickly into the wire to deaden noises and shield the crematoria and gas chambers from view. The first view is of the path leading to Krematorium V that began