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The gestation of this project lasted two years. Anna Prohaska and Julius Drake finally concentrated their research on the themes of Eve, Paradise and banishment. Some songs were obvious choices, such as Fauré’s Paradis, in which God appears to Eve and asks her to name each flower and animal, or Purcell’s Sleep, Adam, sleep with its references to Genesis. But Anna Prohaska also wished to illustrate the cliché of the woman who brought original sin into the world and her status as a tempter who leads man astray, as in Brahms’s Salamander, Wolf’s Die Bekehrte or Ravel’s Air du Feu. In Das Paradies und die Peri, Schumann conjures up the image of Syria’s rose-covered plains. Bernstein also transports us to the desert with Silhouette. . . John Milton’s seventeenth-century masterpiece Paradise Lost was the inspiration for Charles Ives and Benjamin Britten, also featured in this very rich programme that constitutes an invitation to travel and reflection
"Prohaska switches styles and epochs with maximum panache."
"a kaleidoscope of disparate moods, styles and messages that hang together remarkably seamlessly "
Music Web International
"The emotional climax comes with the urban horror of Eisler’s ‘Hollywood-Elegien’ (‘Paradise and hell can be one city’) and Mahler’s contemplation of poverty and hunger in ‘Das irdische Leben’(…) (On Julius Drake) He, characteristically, is exemplary throughout, beautifully expressive and always alert to the subtle shifts of meaning of each song."
"Paradise Lost is a daring recital from a superb soprano and pianist who use every means within their considerable powers to enter fully into song after song and story after story. Prohaska is certainly one of the finest and most perceptive song exponents of our troubled time"
San Francisco Classical Voice
"(…)she inhabits the songs as if they were indeed all about Eve, changing her delivery and mood convincingly in each section. Few singers could have pulled this off so well, and few who would even have attempted the idea. The accompaniment of Julius Drake, contributing to the mood in unexpected ways in almost every song, is a major attraction. A song recital to hear repeatedly and contemplate."
"Prohaska copes superbly with such diverse genres – equally at home with Purcell's “Sleep Adam Sleep” or contemporary German composer Aribert Reimann's “Kinderlieder”. "
"Each chapter is illustrated with a tantalizing mix of songs. (…) The recording rewards repeated listening, with new, subtle thematic connections to discover and a deepening appreciation of Prohaska's intelligence and artistry."