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Thursday, September 1, 2016
David Garner, Jewish Music & Poetry Project, Surviving: Women's Words
The music is modern-expressionist, moving, well wrought. Nanette McGuinness is the soprano featured throughout. Her somewhat wide vibrato takes some getting used to, but in the end fits the tone of the content. She is joined by pianist Dale Tsang, and cellist Adaiha MacAdam-Somer for two of the four cycles. Both are well suited to the music.
The heartrending words put both darkness and hope in a poetic light. Garner's music brings out the moods and is extremely well done. Recommended.