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Niv Ashkenazi revives the voice of a violin, silenced In the holocaust / Classical101-WOSU

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Among of the millions of voices silenced during World War II were those of countless musicians. While imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps, they lifted spirits by playing music on beautifully decorated violins. Many of those instruments were also silenced during the Holocaust. But violinist Niv Ashkenazi has now given a priceless violin its voice back, playing the restored instrument in a new recording featuring works by Jewish composers.

"It has a very deep and resonant voice. It is very emotional and warm," said Ashkenazi of the historic violin he plays on Violins of Hope (Albany Records). The recording features works by composers affected by the Holocaust, performed on a violin that survived the Holocaust.

"It's a beautiful, beautiful instrument."

Niv Ashkenazy's recording Violins of Hope was released in March 2020.  The violins were also the subject of a 2016 documentary film by Lance Shulz, Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust featuring Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody as narrator. 

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