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Burton Beerman (b.1943): Tikvah, chamber oratorio / Philip Markowicz, narrator; Ella Lewis, piano

Album Summary

>Beerman, Burton : Tikvah, chamber oratorio for chorus, saxophone quartet & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Influenced by music he heard in the synagogue as a young child, composer Burton Beerman had never infused any of this influence into his compositions until he met Philip Markowicz, a living Holocaust survivor and Torah scholar. The fruit of this association is Tikvah, a chamber oratorio that sets Markowicz's life and philosophy as well as his Torah insights to music. Tikvah is the Hebrew word for hope and hope was key to Mr. Markowicz's survival. Performed by his granddaughter, Cantor Andrea Markowicz with the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet and the Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers, with Philip Markowicz as narrator, Tikvah is a powerful, emotional and timely work, touching on the big issues of life, love, death, survival, meaning, existence, faith, morality, happiness, and tragedy.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
His "Chamber Oratorio" Tikvah (Hope) was inspired by the life and writings of a holocaust survivor and Torah scholar named Philip Markowicz. Mr Markowicz is on hand here to narrate the composer's own libretto.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Recital Hall, Greensboro School of Music, University of.


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Works Details

>Beerman, Burton : Tikvah, chamber oratorio for chorus, saxophone quartet & piano
  • Performer: Ella Lewis (Piano)
  • Conductor: Uzee Brown,
  • Ensemble: Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers
  • Notes: Martin Luther King Memorial Chapel, Morehouse College; University of North Carolina, Greensboro School of Music in the Recital Hall
  • Running Time: 73 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio