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Experience: Songs by Lori Laitman (b.1955): Metropolitan Tower; Sunflowers; In This Short Life / Natalie Mann, soprano; Jeffrey Panko, piano

Album Summary

>Laitman, Lori : The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs, song cycle for soprano & piano
>Laitman, Lori : Sunflowers, songs for voice & piano
>Laitman, Lori : In This Short Life, song cycle for soprano & piano
>Thomas, Richard Pearson : Twilight, song cycle for soprano & piano
>Thomas, Richard Pearson : At Last, to Be Identified!, song cycle for soprano & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Two world premieres - one by Lori Laitman who is known as one of America's most prolific and widely performed composers of vocal music - and the other by Richard Pearson Thomas, who is composer-in-residence for the Gold Opera Project and whose musicals have been produced Off-Off Broadway - are enhanced by additional song cycles by these two esteemed composers. Soprano Natalie Mann is an active recitalist and champion of contemporary music, whose Carnegie Hall debut received critical acclaim. A recipient of a Metropolitan Opera Encouragement Award, Ms. Mann studied at Indiana University, Butler University and the University of Wollongong in Australia. Her colleague, Jeffrey Panko, has performed as a solo artist and collaborative pianist throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is a member of the contemporary music group MAVerick Ensemble and on the faculty of the New Music School in Chicago.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
A superb exponent of contemporary American songs, soprano Natalie Mann has a voice that is simultaneously strong and tender, passionate and subtle. A final reason to celebrate this album is the exquisite pianism of Jeffrey Panko, not only in his legato playing in the more lyrical songs but in the way he handles ambiguous moments such as the mysterious harmonies in Pearson's Twilight, an evocative set of songs with poems by Christina Rossetti. The shifting cadences in the final setting is a fine example. The warm, plush recorded sound is as inviting as the music and performances.



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Works Details

>Laitman, Lori : The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs, song cycle for soprano & piano
  • Performers: Natalie Mann; Jeffrey Panko (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Laitman, Lori : Sunflowers, songs for voice & piano
  • Performers: Natalie Mann; Jeffrey Panko (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Laitman, Lori : In This Short Life, song cycle for soprano & piano
  • Performers: Natalie Mann; Jeffrey Panko (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Thomas, Richard Pearson : Twilight, song cycle for soprano & piano
  • Performers: Natalie Mann; Jeffrey Panko (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Thomas, Richard Pearson : At Last, to Be Identified!, song cycle for soprano & piano
  • Performers: Natalie Mann; Jeffrey Panko (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary