Jeffrey Schanzer: No More in Thrall
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR748     Release Date: 1997-01-01
Sirius String Quartet: Laura Seaton, violin; Mark Feldman, violin; Ron Lawrence, viola; Mary Wooten, cello; Kevin Norton, percussion

 

On April 11, 1945, armed resistance fighters from among the prisoners of the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald took control of the camp, capturing the remaining SS guards as well as 60 demolition experts who were under orders to blow up the camp barracks with the remaining prisoners still in them. The U.S. Army arrived later that day.

From its inception, Buchenwald was the main destination for the deportation of political prisoners. The leadership of the German Communist Party, as well as members of the Social Democratic Party, Trotskyists, trade unionists, gays and others inhabited the camp. The prisoners themselves established resistance cells during the earliest days of the camp. The Nazis segregated the prisoners in "Blocks" or barracks along ethnic, national and political lines. The Buchenwald resistance had contact with the German underground and carried out many heroic acts of sabotage, particularly in the armaments works where many of the prisoners labored. The resistance cells planted many of their members in key administrative posts of the camp and were thus able to sabotage SS orders to liquidate the camp, saving thousands of lives.

My composition No More In Thrall is a tribute to the political resistance of the prisoners at Buchenwald. Each movement of the work is based on an existing folk or traditional melody reflecting the ethnic and political diversity of the camp. The work commemorates the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald camp and is dedicated to all martyrs in the struggle against fascism.
-Jeffrey Schanzer


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

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Track Listing

No More In Thrall: I. Red Army Song
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No More In Thrall: II. Shlof in Der Ruikeit
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No More In Thrall: III. Which Side Are You On?
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No More In Thrall: IV. Traurige €Îerheni
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No More In Thrall: V. The Internationale
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