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Becoming a Redwood - Songs of Lori Laitman

Album Summary

>Laitman, Lori : Early Snow, song cycle for voice & piano
>Laitman, Lori : Daughters, song cycle for voice, violin, cello & piano
>Laitman, Lori : The Throwback, song cycle for voice & piano
>Laitman, Lori : Becoming A Redwood, song cycle for voice & piano
>Laitman, Lori : The Apple Orchard, song for voice & piano
>Laitman, Lori : This Space Available, song for voice & piano
>Laitman, Lori : Being Happy, song for voice & piano
>Laitman, Lori : Long Pond Revisited, song cycle for voice & cello
>Laitman, Lori : Equations of The Light, duet for 2 voice & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

According to The Journal of Singing as quoted in the liner notes, Lori Laitman (b. 1955) is "one of the finest art song composers on the scene today, who deservedly stands shoulder to shoulder with Ned Rorem for her uncommon sensitivity to text, her loving attention to the human voice, and her extraordinary palette of musical colors and gestures". I must agree. After listening to this several times, I have discovered to my great pleasure what a fine composer she is Many of the texts of Laitman's songs are very recent poems, and she selects wonderful texts that have depth and richness, dealing with diverse subjects (relationships, love, death, healing, nostalgia for a love that might have been, a summer affair in Seattle, and the challenges of mother-daughter relationships). The composer's notes about each work are illuminating. Texts are included." -ARG



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Works Details

>Laitman, Lori : Early Snow, song cycle for voice & piano
  • Performers: Jennifer Check (Soprano); Warren Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (06/06/2005-06/07/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 11/2002-03/2003

>Laitman, Lori : Daughters, song cycle for voice, violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Patricia Green (Mezzo Soprano); Juliette Kang (Violin); Thomas Kraines (Cello); Kirsten Taylor (Piano)
  • Notes: The Spencerville Seventh Day Adventist Church, Silver Spring, MD (04/17/2005-04/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Laitman, Lori : The Throwback, song cycle for voice & piano
  • Performers: Warren Jones (Piano); William Sharp
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (06/06/2005-06/07/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 04/2003-06/2003

>Laitman, Lori : Becoming A Redwood, song cycle for voice & piano
  • Performers: Lori Laitman (Piano); Barbara Quintiliani (Soprano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (06/06/2005-06/07/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 08/2003-11/2003

>Laitman, Lori : The Apple Orchard, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Lori Laitman (Piano); Robert Mcpherson (Tenor)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (06/06/2005-06/07/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Laitman, Lori : This Space Available, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Lori Laitman (Piano); Gary Poster (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: The Spencerville Seventh Day Adventist Church, Silver Spring, MD (04/17/2005-04/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Laitman, Lori : Being Happy, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Lori Laitman (Piano); Lee Poulis (Baritone)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (06/06/2005-06/07/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Laitman, Lori : Long Pond Revisited, song cycle for voice & cello
  • Performers: Marcy Rosen (Cello); Randall Scarlata (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 01/2002-05/2002

>Laitman, Lori : Equations of The Light, duet for 2 voice & piano
  • Performers: Sari Gruber (Soprano); Lori Laitman (Piano); Robert Mcpherson (Tenor)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (06/06/2005-06/07/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005