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E4TT announces the upcoming release of our second CD,"The Hungarians: from Rozsa to Justus," on April 6, 2018 as a digital EP on Centaur Records (CRC 3660). The CD will be available at all digital music outlets, including iTunes, Amazon.com, HBDirect, Archiv, etc.

The CD consists of music by three Hungarian and one Hungarian-American composers who were exiled or killed in the Holocaust: multiple-Oscar-recipient Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995), Sándor Vándor (1901-1945), Lajos Delej (1923-1945), and György Justus (1898-1945). Featuring duos for cello and piano by Rozsa and Vandor--plus a Scherzo from a missing cello sonata attributed to Delej--songs by Vandor and Justus for soprano and piano, and the premiere recording of a recently rediscovered set of piano miniatures by Delej, the CD is the result of the group’s successful four-city concert tour in Hungary in 2014, which was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Budapest.

E4TT's debut CD,"Surviving: Women's Words," (Centaur Records CRC3490) won a Silver Medal in the 2016 Global Music Awards. Two songs on the CDs, "Song Is a Monument" and "How Lucky," were nominated as finalists in the 2017 Global Peace Song Awards.

The CD consists of four song cycles for soprano and piano and soprano, cello, and piano by David Garner to poems by Mascha Kaleko, Rose Auslaender, Else Lasker-Schueler and Yala Korwin.

It was reviewed by Lesley Mitchell-Clarke at The Whole Note, who wrote, "With the release of this deeply moving and well-conceived project, the San Francisco-based Ensemble for These Times (E4TT) has put forth a superb and relevant spoken word and musical recording...Now more than ever, as the U.S. experiences a déjà vu of hatred and is poised on the brink of societal unravelling, the potent and timeless messages of survival, love, tolerance and forgiveness contained on this brilliant presentation need to resonate throughout the world."

Stephen Smoliar at Examiner.com called it "...four passionate meditations on the Holocaust experience delivered through a unique and highly compelling pair of voices, those of both composer and singer."

Erin Heisel at American Record Guide
reviewed it as "...fascinating...Garner’s music is difficult but compelling, varied and harmonically interesting… [McGuinness] manages the vocal and musical challenges well.

The Transcentury blog reviews Surviving: Womens Words as a" fine CD," with "well-thought-out settings," writing, "Garner’s settings are effective, particularly in the longest work here, Chanson für Morgen (2012) to words by Mascha Kaléko (1907-1975)."

Grego Applegate Edwards writes at Gapplegate Classical-Modern Review, "The heartrending words put both darkness and hope in a poetic light. Garner's music brings out the moods and is extremely well done. Recommended."

BUY the CD from HB Direct, Arkiv Music, "Surviving: Women's Words" or directly from E4TT.

Read the CD press release here.

"Surviving: Women's Words made possible through a grant from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and also through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and supported by the Heller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.