Jeremy Cullen, Johann Sebastian Bach – Slumber Aria – After J.S. Bach (From Caging Skies) (Spotify)
Desiree Gezentsvey’s play Caging Skies is an adaptation of the novel by Christine Leunens. Set in Vienna in the Second World War, the story tells how Johannes – a zealous member of the Hitler Youth – discovers his family is hiding a young Jewish woman, Elsa, in their home. (The story has also been adapted by New Zealand film-maker Taika Waititi into the Oscar-nominated Jojo Rabbit.) The “Slumber Aria” (adapted from a piece by J.S. Bach) was composed for the death scene of Johannes beloved grandmother.