Black Oak Ensemble made its recording debut with Silenced Voices, an album of intriguing works by six promising, early 20th century Jewish composers originally from Austria-Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and the Netherlands. One survived World War II as a member of the Dutch resistance, the others perished in concentration camps and elsewhere in Nazi-occupied Europe. Inspired by a musical discovery of Desirée and David in a bookstore in Budapest and guided by Aurélien’s mother, a history teacher of Sephardic Jewish decent Black Oak Ensemble made connections with the families of the survivors and recorded an incredible collection of music.
Dick Kattenburg – Trio à cordes Sándor Kuti – Serenede for String Trio Gideon Klein – Trio for violin, viola and cello Geza Frid – Trio à cordes
Silenced Voices includes the world premiere recording of wartime survivor Géza Frid’s early Trio à cordes, Op. 1, an inventive work infused with Hungarian folk music influences. Composer-cellist Paul Hermann’s Strijktrio, a forward-looking, cosmopolitan work from the early 1920s, shares its melodies among all three instruments. Dick Kattenburg’s youthful Trio à cordes was praised in a 1938 concert review for its “remarkable mastery and a very personal style.”