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“It was dark, unsettling. And it, in a way, kind of reflected my own family’s dark history.”

That’s how the music of Austrian-born Holocaust survivor Karol Rathaus first struck Canadian pianist Daniel Wnukowski when he heard it for the first time several years ago.

“This man was completely obscure to me, but the music resonated so strongly,” Wnukowski said in a recent phone interview.

black-an-white portrait of Igor Stravinsky
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A “long-delayed overhaul” at the St. Petersburg Conservatory has resulted in the rediscovery of an important work by Russian modernist composer Igor Stravinsky after a century-long absence, according to a story by Stravinsky expert Stephen Walsh in The Guardian.