Review from : Novosti Newspaper
Reviewer: Inna Shehatovich
This is an interesting album containing songs by composer Paul Ben-Haim. The German songs were written in his native city of Munich and the Israeli ones in Tel-Aviv, after he immigrated to Israel in 1933.
Soprano singer Varda Kotler sings in a clear voice accompanied by piano player Jeff Cohen, the piano and voice fully merging. Varda Kotler – a tall, aristocratic-looking, and refined woman accepts me in her home which is a composition of impressionist paintings – and green plants. Even her water fountain creates music…
Varda tells me about her childhood in the kibbutz. She studied the piano for seven years and enjoyed a high-cultured rich music life. She graduated from the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv University and after giving concerts in Israel, she started performing opera in Europe, but she always kept a warm place in her heart for the art song, especially the French melody. Her first and second CDs included French music. She tells me excitedly how she found the music notes of Paul Ben-Haim in the Jerusalem National Archive, written in his handwriting and how she was amazed: "The poetic text and music are written in an authentic Israeli style".
She shows me impressive pictures taken at her appearances in the opera but eventually she preferred the chamber music and oratorio. Just recently she sang the Mozart Requiem in Paris.
"What is your dream?" – I ask her and she replies: "I dream to sing until I'm 70", and laughs. When we part she endows me with a big and optimistic smile.
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