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Remy Franck
Pizzicato, October 2015

In spite of the more dramatic Dies Irae, Boris Pigovat’s Holocaust Requiem is a music of striking serenity, beauty and depth, becoming highly emotional in the performance by violist Anna Serova and the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra. The poetic and evocative Poem of the Dawn is no less appealing. © 2015 Pizzicato



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, August 2015

Violist Anna Serova is spectacular, delivering exceptionally confident, technically brilliant, sensitive renditions of Pigovat’s heartfelt scores. She makes this one of the finest discs featuring her instrument to roll down CD lane in a long time.

Her intonation is always spot-on with no hint of that pitch-related queasiness that often plagues violists. She receives superb support from the Croatian Radio & Television Symphony Orchestra under Italian conductor Nicola Guerini. Their enthusiasm for these pieces is pervasive. © 2015 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review



Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer, July 2015

Pigovat is a remarkably fine orchestrator. Poem of Dawn makes a fine contrast to the melancholy, passion and tragedy of the Requiem. Nevertheless it is the very fine Holocaust Requiem that I will return to most often. Anna Serova proves to be a first class soloist with the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra under Nicola Guerini turning in first class performances.

The recording is excellent… © 2015 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2015

Boris Pigovat was born seven years after the world discovered the atrocities that had been perpetrated against the Jews in the 1940’s in Germany and the Ukraine. Nowadays too neatly wrapped up as the Holocaust, Pigovat could not find a text that he felt would communicate those horrors for his 1995 score, words unable to picture the suffering and death that occurred at Babi Yar, a brutal event that coincided with the extended massacre being executed by the Germans. Instead he has used a solo viola to ‘sing’ of grief, each of the four movements headed by the parts of the Latin Mass. We enter the world of fear and terror in the Requiem aeternam, the lurid orchestral colours as people scurry around terrified of unfolding events. You hear them rounded up to face death in the Dies irae, plangent tones in the orchestra picturing things to come. Without escape, death and emptiness comes at the end to form a link into Lacrimosa, a movement full of grief, with pleas emanating from the solo viola in a long cadenza, turning to a scream of agony. Mourning dominates the final Lux aeterna, with thoughts of ‘Grant them eternal rest, O Lord’ as the viola takes up the story in a final mood of sorrow. Musically it owes something to Shostakovich in its use of tonality, though in no way is it derivative. By total contrast, the Poem of Dawn, composed for the distinguished violist and soloist on this disc, Anna Serova, is a warm natured tone poem in the Romantic tradition, its message one of love a beauty. Remembered on disc four and more decades ago, the famous Zagreb Radio Orchestra is the renamed orchestra that is providing a high impact Holocaust Requiem and the gorgeous sounds for the land in paradise created for the Poem. A thought provoking release much recommended. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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