A commanding spirit
Chamber music from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum -
'... beautifully recorded and artistically stimulating.'
In the fourth of Steven Honigberg's series of chamber music recordings
from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, five composers with strongly
defined musical personalities are brought together in a varied and arresting
recital, beautifully recorded and artistically stimulating. Throughout all
the pieces it would be difficult to allow the attention to wander, for each
has a commanding spirit and an individual voice, and each is given a strongly
Steven Honigberg is the cellist in all the pieces, and is the dedicatee
of the solo work Song of Solitude written in 1995 by Robert Starer
who died in 2001 at the age of 77 -- an apparently liberated exploration
of wide linear arches, skilfully crafted, using the full range of the instrument
to brilliant effect [listen -- track 2, 5:19-6:18].
The pianist Carol Honigberg plays a rare and entertaining group of six
pieces about Don Quixote by the eleven-year-old Erich Korngold, an astonishing
technical achievement that is a delight to have on disc. The third of the
set entitled Don Quixote goes forth is worth a brief quotation, showing
as it does a precocious pianism and imagination [listen
-- track 14, 0:01-1:00].
Copyright © 12 March 2003
Patric Standford, Wakefield, UK