Ronald Corp: Letters from Lony

Letters from Lony tells the story of Leonie (‘Lony’) Rabl in her own words. A German-Jewish exile from Nazism, she ran the Café de Paris in Amsterdam, writing when she could to her daughter and family, safe in England; two further letters survive from after her deportation, on the journey that took her via Theresienstadt to Auschwitz. Ronald Corp sets Lony’s letters as accompanied arioso, all the more moving for its understatement.

Sarah Pring, mezzo-soprano
Chilingirian Quartet
Levon Chilingirian, violin
Ronald Birks, violin
Susie Mészáros, viola
Stephen Orton, cello
Andrew Brownell, piano

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    Letters from Lony (2017)

  1. No. 1, Letter 1 13 September 1939
  2. No. 1a, Lullaby
  3. No. 2, Letter 2 28 September 1939
  4. No. 3, Letter 3 16 November 1939
  5. No. 4, Letter 4 3 December 1939
  6. No. 5, Letter 5 18 December 1939
  7. No. 5a, Interlude
  8. No. 6, Letter 6 13 February 1940
  9. No. 7, Letter 7 5 May 1940
  10. No. 7a, Interlude
  11. No. 8, Letter 8 26 September 1940
  12. No. 9, Letter 9 undated, 1940
  13. No. 10, Letter 10 undated, probably c. 9 November
  14. No. 11, Letter 11 undated, probably later in November
  15. No. 11a, Interlude
  16. No. 12, Letter 12 11 February 1941
  17. No. 13, Letter 13 unknown date, perhaps late September/early October 1941
  18. No. 14, Letter 14 1 October 1941
  19. No. 15, Letter 15 6 January 1942
  20. No. 15a, Interlude
  21. No. 16, Letter 16 30 December 1943, from Westerbork Camp
  22. No. 17, Letter 17 23 February 1944, from Westerbork Camp

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Catalogue No: TOCC0507
EAN/UPC: 5060113445070
Release Date: 01.01.2019
Artists: Andrew Brownell, Chilingirian Quartet, Sarah Ping

1 review for Ronald Corp: Letters from Lony

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    “Elegantly scored for mezzo, piano, and string quartet, Corp’s vocal writing is sensible… the playing of the Chilingirian Quartet and pianist Andrew Brownell is subtle and beyond reproach. Sarah Pring communicates the text very well from near-whisper to full-throated operatic anguish… Sound is all you could wish for, as are the booklet notes, which contain full texts as well as artist bios and an excellent overview of Rabl’s story, as well as historical context and photos. … The subject matter is undeniably moving” —Barnaby Rayfield

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