“10/10” Classics Today
“Want List” Fanfare Magazine
*AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE Critics Choice
“Top100 Recordings of 2019”Chicago Tribune
About the CD and the project
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.
The Black Oak Ensemble can present "Silenced Voices" as a complete presentation and has been programmed and featured on chamber music series throughout the world.