Music transcends its origin on Shelburne pianist’s CD

January 13, 2006

By Jim Lowe Times Argus Staff

“Music of the Holocaust,” by pianist Paul Orgel (2005, Phoenix USA PHCD161)

Music is the crystallization of emotion through organized sound, so it should come as no surprise that an event so horrific and powerful as the Holocaust spawned important music – even from the prison camps and concentration camps.

Perhaps the best known was Olivier Messiaen’s steely powerful masterpiece, “Quartet for the End of Time,” written and premiered while the French composer was a prisoner of war. But there was a large quantity of music that is less known – but not without immense power. MORE.