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The Lost Songs Of World War II

by Yiddish Glory

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J. Taliaferro
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J. Taliaferro Jaunty songs in Yiddish infused with anti-Nazi sentiment. An amazing artifact, rescued from obscurity.

Bought the CD so I could have access to the lyrics and the notes about the album. An inspiring achievement, beautifully executed. Favorite track: Mayn Pulemyot (My Machine Gun).
Zine Of Timeless Music
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Zine Of Timeless Music What a labor of love is this project. Blood, tears, and the sands of time could not prevent these songs of the spirit from reaching the light of day. To think of the bravery of the Jewish people during the WW II genocide and that of those who risked arrest or worse to compile these songs. The musicians and all involved in bringing these works to life deserve great acclaim.
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about

Not since Itzhak Perlman performed klezmer in the 1990s has Yiddish music been played at such a high level. An epic discovery of Yiddish
songs from the World War II and the Holocaust brought together Sergei Erdenko (Russia’s greatest Roma violinist, and longtime collaborator
of Yehudi Menuhin) with an elite ensemble of virtuosi from the worlds of folk, Jewish, Roma, classical and jazz music. Going beyond
klezmer, the album to be released by Six Degrees in 2018, re-defines the performance of Jewish music for the twenty-first century.

Yiddish Glory tells the remarkable story of folklorists in the Soviet Union who risked their lives collecting songs from Jewish Red Army
soldiers, Jewish refugees, victims and survivors of Ukrainian ghettos.
Following the war, the researchers were arrested by Stalin; their work
was confiscated, and they died thinking the collection was lost to history. But the songs were later discovered in unmarked boxes stored in
the basement of the Ukrainian National Library, and brought to life through painstaking research, for the first time in 75 years.
The songs were created during the darkest chapter of European Jewish history. For some Holocaust victims, the last thing they did before
being killed was writing a Yiddish song calling for revenge against fascism.

The songs detail the Holocaust as it happened, and often deal
with revenge on a visceral level. There is even a composition in the collection that was written by a 10-year-old orphan who lost his family
in the Holocaust.

Many of the songs were written just before Holocaust victims were sent to their deaths, and these songs of despair, hope, humor, bravery,
resistance and revenge change the narrative of how Jews behaved and fought in their final moments.

credits

released February 23, 2018

The Band:

Psoy Korolenko: Legendary Russian poet and singer. “Korolenko’s music clearly keeps …a sense of joy — even when discussing some pretty harsh realities” – PRI’s “The World.”

Trio Loyko: from St. Petersburg, Russia (often described as “Two Paganinis and a Segovia”).

Sergei Erdenko: Russia’s greatest living Roma violinist.

Artur Gorbenko: violinst, pianist and former concertmaster from the Leningrad Conservatory.

Mikhail Savichev: conservatory trained classical guitar virtuoso.

Sophie Milman: Juno-award winning vocalist, Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy “Sophie Milman reveals her interpretive finesse without a hitch” – The Washington Post

Alexander Sevastian: from Quartetto Gelato, and winner of countless international classical accordion competitions including the Coupe Mondiale International Accordion Competition in 2007.

Shalom Bard: principal clarinetist at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conductor of its youth symphony, and former principal clarinetist at the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

David Buchbinder: Juno-award winning trumpeter, and founder of Odessa/Havana and the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band.

Sasha Lurje: award-winning Yiddish vocalist and longtime performer and instructor at Yiddish Summer Weimar.

And introducing Isaac Rosenberg: (just 12 years old when the project started) performs music written by a Jewish orphan whose parents were murdered in the Holocaust.

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Yiddish Glory tells the remarkable story of folklorists in the Soviet Union who risked their lives collecting songs from Jewish Red Army soldiers, Jewish refugees, victims and survivors of Ukrainian ghettos, as told by a band of virtuoso musicians.

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