Treasures FC052


Treasures FC052

For this CD, music by Dutch composers has been selected. In the years directly prior to the Second World War, Amsterdam had a lively cultural life. Many Jewish musicians and composers took part in iet. Many of them were Amsterdam artists, and many were German Jews who had fled the increasingly violent anti-semitism in the thirties. During the war, all forms of art had to conform to the stringent norms laid down by the occupational forces. There was no longer a place for Jewish musicians and composers. Many did not survive the war, a minority managed to stay alive by hiding. In post-war Holland, there was almost no interest in their music. Being confronted with a tiny group of survivors was still too delicate a matter. And besides, after the war a radically new musical esthetic took over. Next to this new avant-garde music, the music of the pre-war generation seemd hopelessly outdated. It was only at the end of the twentieth century that this music could be regarded from the proper perspective.

Eleonore Pameijer (flute) and Marcel Worms (piano) play works by Leo Smit (1900-1943), Daniël Belinfante (1893-1945), Dick Kattenburg (1919-1944), Rosy Wertheim (1888-1949), Nico Richter (1915-1945) and Marius Flothuis (1914-2001).


Dick Kattenburg
1. Pièce for flute and piano (1939) 3'54
Sonata (1937)
2. Introduzione: Maestoso 3'42
3. Intermezzo: Andante quasi lento 5'01
4. Fughetta: Allegro vivo 2'21

Rosy Wertheim
Three pieces for flute and piano (1939)
5. Cortège des marionnettes 2'22
6. Pastorale 2'58
7. Capriccio 2'00

Nico Richter
Two pieces for flute and piano (1942)
8. Allegretto 2'22
9. Adagio 3'21

Daniël Belinfante
Third Sonatina for piano
10. Moderato 2'57
11. Adagio 2'47
12. Allegro-moderato con spirito 3'43

Marius Flothuis
13. Aubade for flute solo (1944) 2'38
Sonata da Camera op. 17 (1943)
14. Cadenza 1'38
15. Sonatina 2'51
16. Lamento 1'49
17. Rondo alla Francese 2'22

Leo Smit
Sonata for flute and piano (1943)
18. Allegro 3'04
19. Lento 4'23
20. Allegro moderato 4'49


The English title of this CD Treasures (1937-1944), is without doubt, chosen to reach an international audience, but a name like “nipped in the budd”, could also -in short- describe this project. Also in the Netherlands World War Two caused many victims. Also our country had it’s “Entartete Musik”. Eleonore Pameijer, who champions the music of forgotten and persecuted Jewish composers since 1995 , leads us through Amstedam: the city of Rosy Wertheim, Leo Smit, Nico Richter, Dick Kattenburg, and Daniël Belinfante. Influenced to a certain extend by their teachers, they share their affinity with the style of the French “Groupe de Six”. A place of honour is given to composer and musicologist Marius Flothuis, who meant so much to the Jewish musical world. Flutist Eleonore Pameijer and pianist Marcel Worms pay their respects to a forgotten generation of composers with their extremely delicate peformances. This CD is not just a political correct rehabilitation: such an enormous amount of talent cannot longer be ingnored

Andrew van Parijs in 'Klassieke Zaken', Magazine for Classical music april 2006, The Netherlands

'Performances couldn’t be better! Extremely talented composers; and the advise to purchase this CD immediately. grading: nine points (out of ten)'

The youngest composer in this Album is Dick Kattenburg. He was born in 1919. Ironically enough he was also the one who died at the youngest age: in 1944 he was murdered in concentration camp Auschwitz. Nobody had ever heard of Dick Kattenburg untill a couple of years ago his Flute Sonata was premiered by flutist Eleonore Pameijer. This inspired Kattenburgs niece to search through some boxes at the attic of her house. Thirty compositions were found back this way. When you listen to the Flute Sonata, taking in account that an eighteen year old is speaking to you, you can only become very silent, completely taken by the joy of living, the ingenuity, the humour and the seriousness of this adolescent. For this piece alone it’s worth to purchase this CD. The other composers had the same fate: Leo Smit (1900-1943), Daniël Belinfante, (1893-1945) and Nico Richter (1915-1945). Only Rosy Wertheim and Marius Flothuis survived. Wertheim composed her Trois Morceaux in 1939, before she went into hiding. Flothuis wrote his Aubade for Flute solo and the Sonata da Camera in concentration camp Vught. Most works of these composers have been brought to life again by flutist Eleonore Pameijer and the Leo Smit Foundation that she started in 1996. For more then ten years, the foundation organises monthly concerts at the Uilenburger Synagogue in Amsterdam and searches relentlessly for repertoire that was meant to be sweapt away from the earth. I recommend you to take a look at; Composers overloaded with talent and performancs that couldn’t be better is a reason to purchase this CD immediately!

Siebe Riedstra - Review 'Luister' CD magazine for classical music, the Netherlands, June 2006

From the six featured Dutch composers, only Marius Flothuis survived the war. Composing in the camps was a form of escapism for him. ‘Aubade’ and ‘Sonata da Camera’ are testimonies of his critical mind. The ‘Flute Sonata’ by Leo Smit is one of the highlights within his oevre: an happy mixture of an intuitive French style with a more constructive German touch. Twenty-year-old Dick Kattenburg, a pupil from Smit, has a sensual, sunny talent; his music sounds light-hearted and jazzy. Nico Richter is the intellectual with a personal gritty touch. Pameijer and Worms bring these forgotten, almost whiped-out compositions musically together with the perfect coherence.

Jurjen Vis - Het Financieele Dagblad (Financial Daily), May 27 2006 The Netherlands

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