Stefan Zweig: Words and Music
Caroline Kennedy (soprano)
Claire Howard (piano)
With whom have we not spent heart-warming hours there, looking out from the terrace over the beautiful and peaceful landscape, without suspecting that exactly opposite, on the mountain of Berchtesgaden, a man sat who would one day destroy it all? —Stefan Zweig, Die Welt von Gestern
Stefan Zweig was a true cosmopolitan, at ease in the international republic of letters and dreaming of a depoliticised world, whose life fell apart when he saw all he believed in destroyed. Here through carefully chosen texts – some translated into English for the very first time – we followed his thoughts on literature; what it means to be Jewish; and exiled life in London. The readings were interspersed with live music drawn from Zweig’s vast collection of scores.
Henry Goodman is an award-winning stage and screen actor. He recently starred inYes, Prime Minister and will play the lead in Ryan Craig’s The Holy Rosenbergs at the National Theatre.