“Chamber Music (Re)Discoveries”


“Suzanne Snizek plays very well, with a relaxed sound produced with ease and freedom. Her vibrato is lovely, technical passages are clean and balances with her pianists and others are trouble-free. Without her research this program wouldn’t be possible, and without her excellence it wouldn’t be desirable to hear.” Gorman in July/August 2022 American Record Guide review

“…a fascinating, unusual program, brilliantly executed by all.” James H. North in July/August 2022 Fanfare magazine 

From Alan Pulker, Whole Note magazine (Toronto, Ontario) 2016 CD review:   “Imagine picking up a CD of music by three unknown composers named Bartók, Copland and Shostakovich, listening and wondering how you could not have heard of them. Listening to Suzanne Snizek’s new CD was a bit like this for me except the names of most of the composers really were unknown: Jan van Gilse, Petr Eben, Leo Smit, Mieczysław Weinberg, Boris Blacher. Their music, highly individual and accomplished, has languished forgotten for three generations, because they lived (and three died) in the cataclysms of Nazism and Stalinism.
The music on this CD, as Snizek points out in the notes, does not reveal the tragic and traumatic circumstances of the composers’ lives. The transcendent lyricism of the opening soliloquies of van Gilse’s Trio and Eben’s second Lied, played so simply and movingly by Snizek, speak of another reality, as do the exuberant abandon of the third movement of the van Gilse Sonata, the first and last movements of the Smit Sonata and the third movement of the Blacher.
Snizek’s artistry both as a soloist and as a collaborator is evident throughout, but nowhere more so than in her “dialogues” with tenor Benjamin Butterfield in Eben’s Drei Stille Lieder. She has spent a decade researching this lost, forgotten and neglected generation of composers. Her research, coupled with the artistry of all the performers on this CD, makes it an important addition to our knowledge and the repertoire of the mid- 20th century….” Alan Pulker, Whole Note magazine (Toronto, Ontario) 2016 CD review  

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