I find it hard to imagine that J.Bingham and I have listened to the same Oratorio. To my mind this music tells with poignant sensitivity the thoughts of the young Jewish girl Annelies whose life has become an enduring symbol of hope in our world. Contrary to J. Bingham I feel the work's strength lies in it's understated nature, showing great restaint which,given the subject matter, is most appropriate.One experiences the harrowing journey of this young girl with every expressive phrase of the score yet Whitbourn also conveys the wonderment,love and passion for life that is the essence of Anne's story.
This is an important work that needs to be heard from an internationally recognised composer. The Westminster Williamson Voices together with The Lincoln Trio and soprano Arianna Zukerman give fine performances.I highly recommend this work which has an honesty, integrity and truth worthy of the young girl who continues to inspire us.