The CD consists of four song cycles for soprano and piano and soprano, cello, and piano by David Garner to poems by Mascha Kaleko, Rose Auslaender, Else Lasker-Schueler and Yala Korwin.
It was reviewed by Stephen Smoliar at Examiner.com as "...four passionate meditations on the Holocaust experience delivered through a unique and highly compelling pair of voices, those of both composer and singer" and by
Erin Heisel at American Record Guide as "...fascinating...Garner’s music is difficult but compelling, varied and harmonically interesting… [McGuinness] manages the vocal and musical challenges well.”
The Transcentury blog reviews Surviving: Womens Words as a" fine CD," with "well-thought-out settings," writing, "Garner’s settings are effective, particularly in the longest work here, Chanson für Morgen (2012) to words by Mascha Kaléko (1907-1975)."
"Surviving: Women's Words made possible through a grant from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and also through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and supported by the Heller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.