Udo Zimmermann: Weisse Rose[CD]
~ ZIMMERMANN / SZKLARECK / MUSICA VIVA ENSEMBLE
Udo Zimmerman spent three careful years working on this opera which tells the true story of brother and sister Hans and Sophie Scholl, who led a non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany. Condemned to die for their actions, we join the siblings in real time as they await their execution from their prison cells. Zimmerman, through stark storytelling and pared down orchestration, leads us with sobriety through their story, at once appalling and life affirming, through which a glimmer of hope and faith in humanity shines from beginning to bitter end. Udo Zimmerman conducts the Musica Viva Ensemble Dresden, who offer superb support to the young soloists.
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