American composer and pianist Paul
Schoenfield is at the keyboard for two
searing, heart-piercing works commissioned by Music of Remembrance. Schoenfield
gives voice to the words of two brilliant poets one a Holocaust survivor, one murdered and the range of their emotions through rage, bitter humor, tenderness and
fragile hope. This first English-language recording of his Camp Songs (a 2003 Pulitzer Prize finalist) joins his newest song cycle Ghetto Songs transporting listeners
from the horrors of the Sachsenhausen
concentration camp near Berlin to life in the Kraków Ghetto. Gerard Schwarz's Rudolf and Jeanette is a haunting, romantic chamber orchestra work evoking the life
and love of the composer's Viennese
grandparents, who were killed by the Nazis.
Produced by Music of Remembrance,
a Seattle-based non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the precious cultural legacy of works created by musicians during the Holocaust, and to commissioning new works in memory of
their spiritual resistance.