|Jane Eaglen, soprano. Music of Remembrance. Gerard Schwarz, conductor|
|Pages/Publication Date:||70 / 2004|
This tonal, late-Romantic work by American composer Thomas Pasatieri was commissioned in 2003 for soprano Jane Eaglen and conductor Gerard Schwarz by the Seattle-based group Music of Remembrance. (His previous Fragments of Isabella was inspired by the memoirs of Auschwitz survivor Isabella Leitner.) Here, Pasatieri's texts are the writings of Polish poet/cabaret performer Pola Braun (c. 191043), who was interned first in the Warsaw ghetto and then in the concentration camp Majdanek, where she died in a mass execution. The enclosed booklet contains the lyrics as well as background information on Braun and Pasatieri's tribute to her.
"Pasatieri's musical idiom is readily accessible—decidedly direct and tonal . Substantial orchestral interludes connect the six poems. One allegro passage has the kinetic grotesquerie of a Shostakovich scherzo movement, and the slow movements, which are contemplative and even desolate, are impressive in their understatement. An extended lyrical section evokes the best of Poulenc's melancholy, old-world style."—Opera News