The English Symphony Orchestra is broadcasting an online concert of "music by outsiders", featuring Viktor Ullmann's Chamber Symphony, as well as music by Mahler, Erwin Schulhoff and Mieczysław Weinberg.
Painting by Antonín Chitussi, oil on canvas 1885. Jihlava was the birthplace of Viktor Ullmann’s father, also the childhood home of Gustav Mahler, Ullmann's inspiration. Our thanks to John J Brumer @Karacyr_1970 for tweeting this.
Johannes Ullmann, son of Viktor Ullmann, escaped Nazi Germany via the Kindertransport, only to spend much of his life in an English mental hospital, being treated with a cocktail of drugs including the controversial antipsychotic drug Clozapine.
This evening we remember Viktor Ullmann, a victim of the Holocaust whose only surviving string quartet was composed in the Theresienstadt ghetto. This work is bookended by more familiar quartets by Haydn and Felix Mendelssohn.
For this year's opera production, the Opera Factory Freiburg has chosen Viktor Ullmann's chamber opera "The Emperor of Atlantis", which was created in 1943/1944 in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. The title character is an arbitrarily slaughtering tyrant, whom Death, of all people, refuses to follow - a bold reference to the conditions of the Nazi era.… Continue reading VIKTOR ULLMANN: “THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS” | ANNO SCHREIER: “ATLANTIS” WORLD PREMIERE, OPERA FACTORY FREIBURG, 13 Oct 2018