Darkness & Light, Vol. 4
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One of the highlights of Volume 4 of this major series is the new trio by Benjamin Lees.

Hungarian composer and educator Leo Weiner was born in Budapest and studied in Berlin, Vienna, and Paris. He returned to Hungary in 1908 to take up the post of professor at the National Academy of Music, a position he held until the year of his death. An influential teacher whose disciples included Antal Dorati, Louis Kentner, Janos Starker and Sir George Solti, Weiner is regarded as a seminal figure in the creation of the Hungarian national performing tradition. The late composer, Robert Starer, composed his Song of Solitude for the cellist Steven Honigberg, whom Mr. Starer performed with in his song cycle, Nishmat Adam, presented at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's chamber music series May 25, 1995. Song of Solitude was premiered by Mr. Honigberg November 17, 1996. Robert Stern was born in Paterson, New Jersey and was educated at the University of Rochester, the Eastman School and the University of California, Los Angeles. His teachers included Louis Mennini, Kent Kennan, Wayne Barlow, Bernard Rogers, Lukas Foss and Howard Hanson. He is presently teaching at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. Benjamin Lees writes about his Piano Trio: "This work represents a small gesture of remembrance to those whose voices were forever stilled by pogroms and genocides of the past. I have tried to blend the elements of drama, grief and lyricism into a very compact musical statement in the hope that this will be communicated to the listener."
Leo Weiner, composer
Románc Op. 14
Steven Honigberg, cello, Carol Honigberg, piano

Robert Starer, composer
Song of Solitude
Steven Honigberg, cello

Robert Stern, composer
Paulina Stark, soprano, Steven Honigberg, cello, Robert Stern, piano

Erich Korngld, composer
Don Quixote: Sechs KlavierstŸcke
Carol Honigberg, piano

Benjamin Lees, composer
Piano Trio No. 2 "Silent Voices"
George Marsh, violin, Steven Honigberg, cello, Joseph Holt, piano

Review to come.
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