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FULL Can Heaven be Void? (Milch-Sheriff) Jerusalem 2003 Dafna Cohn-Licht

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  • Published by: Ella Milch Sheriff  
  • Date Published: 2015  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 3 Audio:3
  • Subtitles: yessubs, ensubs  
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The true story of the composer’s father during the holocaust.

The piece is based on texts from a diary written by the composer’s father during the Holocaust…Maariv, an Israeli newspaper, wrote of it (March 30, 2003), “Similar as in Schönberg’s work “The Survivor of Warsaw”, Mrs. Sheriff also immortalizes the horrors and the pain with a hand of a master,….The music is written with great sincerity and clarity. It conjures up spiritual sounds, and, as in Schubert’s songs, it is supportive of the background, the essence and the interpretation.” Yediot Acharonot, another paper, included a review (30/3/03) that said: “The music is built upon fragments of the terrible Holocaust memoirs of Dr. Baruch Milch, the father of the composer. Its impact derives from its simplicity, from its asceticism. Mrs. Sheriff does not whine nor does she scream out. Quite to the contrary. That is why it is so powerful.” The Ha’aretz reviewer stated (26/3/03) “Regarding the cantata itself, its impact is way beyond all expectations.”

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