With the programme of their latest recording,
Johannes Martin Kränzle
and his pianist Hilko Dumno shed
light on common features and differences between
Lied cycles of the Christian Central European
and Jewish East European traditions.
Always at the centre of focus are faith and the
peoples’ way of life, together with the question
of human finiteness inevitably bound with these
subjects. Thus the Twelve Yiddish Lieder by the
largely unknown composer Richard Rudolf Klein
meet Gustav Mahler’s Lieder from Youth’s Magic
Horn, in which Jewish rhythms and melodies
repeatedly shine forth; Frank Martin’s cycle
Six Monologues from Everyman meets
Maurice Ravel’s Deux mélodies hébraïques.