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Mary Ann Joyce-Walter: Cantata for the Children of Terezin / Oxnaya Oleskaya, soprano

Audio Samples

>Walter, Mary Ann Joyce : Cantata for the Children of Terezin, for voice, chorus & orchestra
>Walter, Mary Ann Joyce : Aceldama, for chorus & orchestra
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track

Album Summary

>Walter, Mary Ann Joyce : Cantata for the Children of Terezin, for voice, chorus & orchestra
>Walter, Mary Ann Joyce : Aceldama, for chorus & orchestra
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Featuring two works for orchestra. The text of Cantata for the Children of Terezin, uses poems written by children incarcerated at the Terezin concentration camp during the WW II. By shining a light on the thoughts of children in the camps, the composer hopes to bring about global awareness of these atrocities committed in the hope that these acts will never happen again. Likewise, Aceldama highlights horrors of the 21st century, serving as a meditation on human suffering occurring on such a large scale where its enormity is incomprehensible.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
The orchestra is capable if not exceptional - the violinist in 'A Little Song without Words' is very weak, and 'Someday' gets sloppy toward the end (and there's a little distortion). The choir either sounds idiomatic or cartoonish singing English - nothing in between; one poem is recited by an unnamed child who seems to be a native speaker. The soprano has a clear, bright voice; the Met won't be calling her soon, but her younger-sounding tone fits the music. Texts and brief notes in English; sound is fine.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: National Radio Studios, Kiev, Ukraine (2007).



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Works Details

>Walter, Mary Ann Joyce : Cantata for the Children of Terezin, for voice, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Oxnaya Oleskaya
  • Conductor: Robert Winstin
  • Ensemble: King Singers of Kiev
  • Running Time: 35 min. 18 sec.
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Walter, Mary Ann Joyce : Aceldama, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Robert Winstin
  • Running Time: 13 min. 19 sec.

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Period Time: Modern