Dreaming - Songs of Lori Laitman
Albany Records TROY 570
|Check, Jennifer (Soprano)
Jones, Warren (Piano)
Scarlata, Randall (Baritone)
Laitman, Lori (Piano)
Gruber, Sari (Soprano)
Sharp, William (Baritone)
Karr, Gary (Double Bass)
Green, Patricia (Mezzo Soprano)
Poems about the Holocaust by Ranasinghe and Vogel.
Premiered by Music of Remembrance, Benaroya Hall, April 2003.
Baritone/piano trio; baritone/flute/cello/piano.
2002, revised 2003.
About 12 minutes.
Fragment 1; You, Father
Fragment 2; Last Night I Dreamt
Fragment 3; I Saw My Father Drowning; Don't Cry.
I have chosen to set several poems from Vilna ghetto survivor Abraham Sutzkever (1913 - ), translated by C.K. Williams. The title The Seed of Dream is taken from a line in the poem To My Child, and it refers to Sutzkeverís murdered son. Sutzkever consistently produced poems of great artistry under the most dire of circumstances. These first-person accounts, written between 1941 and 1944, not only bear witness to the destruction around him, but to his undying belief in the beauty of the word and the world.
The world premiere of Laitmanís The Seed of Dream took place on Monday, May 9, 2005 at Music of Remembranceís Holocaust Remembrance concert (Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA). Melinda Bargreen of the Seattle Times wrote that the performance was "deeply moving", and that "Laitman illuminated the heart-wrenching poems with her music".