April23 2022 (Sat)
7:00 PM

M. Weinberg: Symphony No. 21, “Kaddish”

Festival Musica non grata

The National Theatre in Prague | Classical Music

60 minutes | Available

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Date: April 23, 2022 | 19:00 (Sat)
Venue: The National Theatre in Prague
Duration: 60 minutes
Status: Available
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The Czech premiere of the extraordinary work by Mieczysław Weinberg at Prague National Theatre

The concert, which is part of the Musica non grata cycle, presenting music by composers persecuted by 20th-century totalitarian regimes, is dedicated to an artist whose life was afflicted by both the Nazis and the Communists.

The Polish-Russian composer and pianist Mieczysław Weinberg (1919–1996) fled from Poland to Belarus from the Nazis when he was 20 years of age. Later on, he moved to Moscow, yet owing to his Jewish descent and the nature of his music he faced harsh oppression from the Soviet establishment. In 1953, he was arrested on charges of “Jewish bourgeois nationalism”.

Weinberg’s final completed orchestral piece is the 1991 Symphony No. 21, subtitled “Kaddish”. The extensive work, made up of six sections, reveals the composer’s human and artistic affinity to Shostakovich and may be defined as an elegy teeming with desire for life, and expressing unfathomable agony and everlasting hope. Weinberg dedicated Symphony No. 21, “Kaddish”, to the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising against the Nazis in 1943. The performance at the National Theatre marks the Czech premiere of this extraordinary work.


Mieczysław Weinberg: Symphony No. 21, „Kaddish“

Performed by:

Marie Fajtová - soprano
The National Theatre Orchestra
Tomáš Brauner - conductor


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  • No intermission
  • The program may be subject to change.
  • The price includes service fee of 3,7 € (100,- CZK)

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