Ensemble Caprice – Jaap Nico Hamburger: Chamber Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (Live) (2020)
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In honour of Remembrance Day and the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands, Canadian composer Jaap Nico Hamburger presents two symphonies recorded in November 2019. While these two works confront serious and challenging themes, they are nonetheless imbued with hope and optimism.
“Remember to Forget” is both a chamber symphony and an opera without words, inspired by the biography of one of the great composers of our time, György Ligeti. “Children’s War Diaries” is a symphony for chamber orchestra in five short movements, inspired by a visit to the Children’s Memorial at Yad Vashem and the overwhelming starkness of the Children’s Memorial in contrast to the blazing Jerusalem sunlight.
The world premiere of Symphony No. 2, “Children’s War Diaries”, took place on 2 November 2019 at the Maison symphonique de Montréal, in a concert presented by the Montreal Holocaust Museum (MHM). For the premiere, Dutch conductor Vincent De Kort led the Orchestre Métropolitain to Jaap’s electrifying work, which depicts the lives of fiercely brave children who were murdered in concentration camps.
During the world premiere of the piece, members of the Orchestre Métropolitain played on the Violins of Hope, marking the very first time these instruments have ever been played in Canada. Originally owned by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust, these instruments have survived pogroms, concentration camps and weathered the passage of time. The Violins of Hope are now emblematic of the injustice and suffering that millions of victims underwent, and a poignant symbol of resilience and survival. Elsewhere within the world premiere, the performance was accompanied by an affecting, striking film concerning children exposed to the terror of war. Award-winning Canadian Filmmaker, Tarique Qayumi, created this moving film about young children subjected to the horrors of war, which was further heightened by Jaap’s symphony.
1. Ensemble Caprice – I. Andante
2. Ensemble Caprice – II. Vivace
3. Orchestre Metropolitain – I. May 1940 (Live)
4. Orchestre Metropolitain – II. May 1941 (Live)
5. Orchestre Metropolitain – III. May 1943 (Live)
6. Orchestre Metropolitain – IV. May 1944 (Live)
7. Orchestre Metropolitain – V. February 1945 (Live)