of the Holocaust
concerts and CD of the same title---began in 1989, in presenting and
performing the songs and instrumental music of composers and poets
who perished in the camps of Europe.
Total Time: 66:50
$15.00 (+ $5.00 for shipping and handling + any applicable sales
Ongoing outreach concerts
in museums, schools and throughout country.
Survived The Beast: The Composers of the Holocaust concert of
January 29, 1989 at the YM-YWHA Emanuel- El : .."well produced
and extremely sad, nonetheless a joy emanated from the making of music
which mirrored the composer's cultural, not political era: the 20's
and 30's".--" Many of the works were first performances in
this city. The silent thought in everybody's mind in the sold-out hall
was "What if...".
Bert Wechsler Daily News
January 30, 1989
Music on Disc:
Artistic Director, pianist,
Mimi Stern-Wolfe with Robert Abelson, baritone; Isabelle Ganz,
mezzo soprano; Marshall Coid, violinist; Humbert Lucarelli, oboist;
Downtown Chamber Singers
Composers of the Holocaust
. . . A very moving recording that brings forth much emotion
Leo Summergrad Jewish Currents, a secular, progressive monthly
March 2001Rated One of the best recordings
of the year by George Robinson of Jewish Week The dozen composers represented
on this excellent Downtown Music Productions recording are the victims
of history in a way that almost no other composers can claim. Each
died in the Shoah and, with the notable exceptions of Mordecai Gebertig
and Ervin Schulhoff, the vast majority of their output was destroyed.
Recordings such as this one perform a service that goes beyond the
realm of musical history. That said, most of the music here is of
more than historical interest, and the performances under Mimi Stern-Wolfe's
baton are excellent. Understandably, a dark and brooding record, but
well worth hearing." (five-star rating)
Jewish Week. "Mimi Stern-Wolfe
deserves a great deal of praise for putting together a very moving
recording that brings forth much emotion and thought. The two talented
[vocal] soloists, Robert Abelson, baritone, and Isabelle Ganz, lyric
mezzo-soprano, sing with great feeling for the meaning of the lyrics
as well as the music. In several of the songs some stanzas are sung
in English as well as in the original language."
Artistic Director and Pianist
from Warsaw, Vilna, and Terezin
and instrumental works by Schulhoff and Haas
"Ein jüdisches Kind" (2:16)
words by Erika Taube (d. 1944) audio sample
Musical Producer, Editing,
and Premastering: Marnie Hall
Baritone, violin/piano sonata, and group pieces recorded by David Hancock
at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in New York City.
Mezzo and oboe/piano recorded by Marnie Hall at SUNY Purchase (State University
of New York).