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Allan Blank: Song Cycles with Double Bass & Piano / Catharine Thieme, mezzo-soprano; Jennifer Miller, soprano; Andrew Kohn, double bass; Robert Thieme, piano

Audio Samples

>Blank, Allan : Poems from the Holocaust, for voice, double bass & piano
>Blank, Allan : Introduction, Five Poems, Interludes & Conclusion, for voice, double bass & piano

Album Summary

>Blank, Allan : Poems from the Holocaust, for voice, double bass & piano
>Blank, Allan : Introduction, Five Poems, Interludes & Conclusion, for voice, double bass & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Composer Allan Blank has written two song cycles for voice and piano with double bass, both of which are given world premiere recordings on this disc. One cycle uses poetry from the Holocaust and the second is based on poetry by Jane Kenyon. Allen Blank is Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Many of his more than 300 compositions have been published and recorded. Three of the performers are affiliated with West Virginia University (Catharine Thieme, mezzo-soprano, Robert Thieme, piano, Andrew Kohn, double bass). Soprano Jennifer Miller is an active performer in the Pittsburgh area and pianist Robert Frankenberry is a member of New York's Phoenix Players.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Despite all of this, the sentiments expressed by the poetry are beautifully enhanced by the musical settings. Blank writes memorable melodies, and the addition of the double bass makes these lengthy cycles more engrossing. If they were performed and recorded better, they might really come across - and they might be made to move along faster and with more personality as well.



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Works Details

>Blank, Allan : Poems from the Holocaust, for voice, double bass & piano
  • Performers: Robert Thieme (Piano); Catharine Thieme; Andrew Kohn (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1996

>Blank, Allan : Introduction, Five Poems, Interludes & Conclusion, for voice, double bass & piano
  • Performers: Jennifer Miller; Rob Frankenberry (Piano); Andrew Kohn (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2007