The composers on this disc are part of what is sometimes called "The Lost Generation" - those who because of their Jewish background were prevented from working, deported or imprisoned. While some, such as Korngold, were able to emigrate, Schulhoff, Ullmann and Haas all died in Nazi concentration camps. Much of their music has been re-discovered over the past few years, and this collection includes several world premiere recordings.
“Fascinating collection of songs. Judith Sheridan is very committed to this project, hence her vast and superbly presented notes. Exceptional pianism of Craig Combs…. no praise is too high for his contribution.”
“Driven by sensitive historical awareness, this disc tells of past tragedy and future hope… never wanting soul.” ****
“Copiously annotated collection. The soprano is sympathetically accompanied”
“Only when fighting, even when losing, does life bring joy”: such lines bring a gulp to the throat in this programme of music from Jewish composers banned or gassed by the Nazis. Sheridan… has heart and passion, which warms the more testing selections by Ullmann and Schulhoff. Pavel Haas’s Seven Folk Songs are the best discovery.”
“Sheridan’s light lyric voice is sweet…the accompaniment is excellent, and it is well recorded. The songs are all worth hearing. It is simply musical justice that this music should be heard by a wider audience.”
“A sad chapter of German history is brought to light by this song recital”