Magazine article Gramophone

B Harbach: 'Chamber Music, Vol 5'

Magazine article Gramophone

B Harbach: 'Chamber Music, Vol 5'

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B Harbach

'Chamber Music, Vol 5' The Birth, Life and Death of Christ. Dorothy Parker Love Songs. Nocturne noir. Terezin Children's Songs Stella Markou, Marlissa Hudson sops Julia Sakharova, John McGrosso vns Alla Voskoboynikova pf St Louis Chamber Orchestra / James Richards MSR Classics (F) MS1544 (74' * DDD * T)

This fifth volume of Barbara Harbach's I chamber music begins I with a cycle from Terezln and ends with a silent film score on the life of Christ. These, a short but brilliant pianistic tour deforce called Nocturne noir and a second cycle on bittersweet poems by Dorothy Parker constitute a rewarding survey of Harbach's recent work.

Harbach responds in her Terezln Children's Songs with her most involving music, sung exquisitely by Stella Markou. Four of the songs were written to children's poetry from the concentration camp, and a fifth to Mary Elizabeth Frye's 'Do not stand at my grave and weep', inspired in 1932 by the story of a young Jewish girl unable to visit her dying mother in Germany. …

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