The first major choral setting of The Diary of Anne Frank takes the teenager's remarkable and penetrating observations, written whilst hiding in an Amsterdam attic, as the basis of its extaordinary and moving libretto. Whitbourn's music for this work has been described as "woundingly beautiful" (The Daily Telegraph). He reflects sounds of the Westerkerk bells and tunes heard on the radio in the Annexe, along with representations of Anne Frank's Jewish and German heritage, details that add to a score "whose respectful understatement is its greatest strength" (The Times).
This Grammy Award Nominated recording is conducted by James Jordan with Soprano, Arianna Zukerman, the Westminster Williamson Voices, and The Lincoln Trio with Bharat Chandra, on Clarinet.
For an insightful look into the making of this heartbreakingly stunning recording, be sure to read The Musicians Trust (G-8388) written by James Jordan and James Whitbourn. A portion of the book chronicles the process that culminated in the now Grammy nominated recording and details the journey to its creation.
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