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
Catalogue No: TOCC0507EAN/UPC: 5060113445070Release Date: 01.01.2019Artists: Andrew Brownell, Chilingirian Quartet, Sarah Ping
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Fanfare Magazine :
“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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