Reviews

15.02.2013

For Sarah Nemtsov, the tension between what is remembered and what is forgotten is a deeply existential, personal experience. Not infrequently, this German composer, born in 1980, reflects upon her Jewish heritage, which also has decidedly historical dimensions. … It is the sound itself that creates space for memory – also with strange material such as the first clarinet sonata by Johannes Brahms and sounds from typewriters, glasses or radios.

frm, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, February 2013
CD Review: A LONG WAY AWAY. Passagen / HOQUETI, WER 65852

01.12.2012

Bright and Clear

What a beautiful idea: Music as memory that has become sound … Sarah Nemtsov was inspired by literary texts, and especially by places. Thus, A Long Way Away came into being, a seven-part cycle as a chamber music encirclement. It is always a light, bright music that comes to us from the instruments of the wonderful Ensemble Adapter.

Tilman Urbach, Fonoforum, Dezember 2012
CD Review: A LONG WAY AWAY. Passagen / HOQUETI, WER 65852

01.11.2012

Master student, fellowship holder, prize winner – the usual path of a talented composer who does not incorporate the commonplace in her work but the esoteric, who doesn’t take the main road but the winding path, does not reveal (only) the surface, but the deeper layers of sound. Sarah Nemtsov places her work in the service of the culture of memory, which, however, is not informed by social-political guilt, but searches for a connection in the personal, in the involvement with the “I and …”.

Klaus Hübner, Neue Zeitschift für Musik, November 2012
CD Review: A LONG WAY AWAY. Passagen / HOQUETI, WER 65852