This latest disc on Bridge presents music from Theresienstadt, located in what is now the Czech Republic, once a Nazi Germany concentration camp to sequester the country’s Jewish population in 1941. Two generations of composers are represented in this remarkable collection - those that came of age after World War I and those who were just finishing their studies when Germany invaded their home land.
The superb Austrian baritone, Wolfgang Holzmair performs in both Czech and German. Wolfgang Holzmair and Russell Ryan can also be heard on “Songs of Franz Schreker” (BRIDGE9259).
“The performances capture the contrasting moods of each song beautifully. Wolfgang Holzmair is closely miked but not too much to the detriment of his highly sensitive partner and technically superb Russell Ryan whose role one could easily overlook as the accompaniments are not necessarily virtuosic.”
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