Drama On One 24 Jan 2021
Confinements by Judith Mok
Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, the Dutch soprano, writer and vocal coach, Judith Mok performs her radio memoir, Confinements.
Recurring lockdowns prompt echoes from her family history, of precious moments together, of lives lost in the darkest days of World War II.
'Locked in gently,' Judith thinks of previous generations. Fragments of family history float by: Her mother, who took a wartime train journey as an invalid; her Aunt Saar, who perished in the camp of Bergen Belsen; her father, who received a devastating visit from Otto Frank, father of Anne. These histories criss-cross with Judith’s recordings as a soprano, including the piece, Zey, described by composer Jeff Hamburg as ‘a lament for a culture that had almost been wiped out’.
Written and performed by Judith Mok.
Sound Supervision: Mark Dwyer
Producer: Kevin Brew
Series Producer: Kevin Reynolds
Music featured in ‘Confinements’, all performed by Judith Mok
Composer: Jeff Hamburg
Performed with the New Sinfonietta Amsterdam.
Nani (Sephardic Song)
Performed with the Khoshravesh brothers on Setar, Kamancheh,Ney Damam and Udu.
Addio Querido (Sephardic Song)
Performed with pianist Dearbhla Collins
Machmes Wos - The Dybbuk Lied
Composer: Louis Andriessen
Performed with Netherlands Promenade Orchestra conducted by Jan Stulen