From the Salzburg Festival 2005
A multi-layer project featuring the stories and musical works of composers whom the National Socialists had banned, outlawed, drove into exile and in some cases even murdered.
This project engages on a political level with one of the darkest chapters in human history and aims to show that art is ultimately more powerful than evil and brute force.
Concept by Thomas Hampson
Art is not just entertainment, it holds up a mirror to our souls...What does it mean when we deny works of art? What does that say about us?Thomas Hampson
Verboten und Verbannt
Thomas Hampson, baritone
Wolfram Rieger, piano
Live performance: August 18, 2005
Salzburg Festival, Mozarteum
Orfeo d'Or: 708061
Wherever they burn books, they will, in the end, burn people!Heinrich Heine