Annelies

A musical evocation of the diary of Anne Frank

St. Francois d'Assise, 20 Fairmont Ave., Ottawa

James Whitbourn’s Annelies brings to life an adaptation of the diary of Anne Frank through a large-scale choral work. The Diary of Anne (Annelies) Frank is a significant historical document, read by millions throughout the world. Written between 1942 and 1944, the diary tells of Anne’s experience as a young Jewish girl, hiding from the Nazis with her family in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse. Anne hoped to become a writer, but died tragically at the age of 16, leaving behind a personalised account of the tragedies of war. Her diary juxtaposes the beauty of the sky she sees from her window above, with the brutality of the Nazis below. Anne’s words are still relevant for us today – her legacy challenges us to end prejudice and embrace diversity.

An exquisitely layered masterpiece in which Whitbourn uses his instrumental and vocal forces to superb effect.
“… woundingly beautiful …” (The Daily Telegraph)

JAMES WHITBOURN music | musique
MELANIE CHALLENGER lyrics | paroles

  1. Introit — Prelude | Introït — Prélude | soprano and chorus | soprano et chœur
  2. The capture foretold | L’annonce de l’arrestation | chorus | chœur
  3. The plan to go into hiding | Le projet de se cacher soprano and chorus | soprano et chœur
  4. The last night at home and arrival at the Annexe | La dernière nuit chez nous et l’arrivée à l’Annexe | soprano and chorus | soprano et chœur
  5. Life in hiding | La vie dans la clandestinité soprano and chorus | soprano et chœur
  6. Courage | soprano and chorus | soprano et chœur
  7. Fear of capture and the second break-in | La peur de l’arrestation et le second cambriolage chorus | chœur
  8. Kyrie — Sinfonia chorus | chœur
  9. The dream | Le rêve | soprano and chorus | soprano et chœur
  10. Devastation of the outside world | La devastation du monde extérieur | soprano and chorus | soprano et chœur
  11. Passing of time | On passe le temps | soprano and chorus | soprano et chœur
  12. The hope of liberation and a spring awakening | L’espoir de la libération et le réveil du printemps | soprano and chorus | soprano et chœur
  13. The capture and the concentration camp | L’arrestation et le camp de concentration | chorus | chœur
  14. Anne’s meditation | La méditation d’Anne | soprano and chorus | soprano et chœur
Aline Kutan
soprano
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Kimball Sykes
clarinet
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Marjolaine Lambert
violin
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Timothy McCoy
cello
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Andrew Tunis
piano
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