Becoming a Redwood

Warren Jones (piano), Jennifer Check (soprano), Juliette Kang (violin), Patricia Green (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Kraines (cello), Kirsten Taylor (piano), William Sharp (baritone), Barbara Quintiliani (soprano), Lori Laitman (piano), Robert McPherson (tenor), Gary Poster (bass), Lee Poulis (baritone)

Catalog #: TROY0865
Release Date: October 1, 2006
Format: Digital

Lori Laitman is an award-winning composer whose art songs are performed widely in the United States and abroad. The Journal of Singing calls Laitman “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 its capabilities, and her extraordinary palette of musical colors and gestures.” A graduate magna cum laude from Yale, she studied under Jonathan Kramer and Frank Lewin, and concentrated initially on flute performance and theatre and film scores. Her music has been performed all over the United States, particularly at Merkin Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, and at the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress in Washington. Albany has previously issued two highly-acclaimed CDs of her songs, Mystery (TROY393) and Dreaming (TROY570). Of this new release, she says, “The songs on my third CD are compositions in partnership with contemporary poets from the U.S., Ireland, Great Britain and Sri Lanka. It has been a joy for me to set such wonderful and diverse texts. I am grateful not only to “my” poets, but also to the incredible artists who have brought my songs to life so beautifully.”


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Early Snow Lori Laitman Jennifer Check, soprano, Warren Jones, piano
Daughters Lori Laitman Patricia Green, mezzo-soprano, Juliette Kang, violin, Thomas Kraines, cello, Kirsten Taylor, piano
The Throwback Lori Laitman William Sharp, baritone, Warren Jones, piano
Becoming a Redwood Lori Laitman Barbara Quintiliani, soprano, Lori Laitman, piano
The Apple Orchard Lori Laitman Robert McPerson, tenor, Lori Laitman, piano
This Space Available Lori Laitman Gary Poster, bass, Lori Laitman, piano
Being Happy Lori Laitman Lee Poulis, baritone, Lori Laitman, piano
Long Pond Revisited Lori Laitman Randall Scarlata, baritone, March Rosen, cello
Equations of The Light Lori Laitman Sari Gruber, soprano, Robert McPherson, tenor, Lori Laitman, piano


  • " extraordinarily impressive achievement. ...Lori Laitman's beautiful, sensitively crafted songs deserve to be performed widely..."

    – Gramophone

  • "After listening to this several times, I have discovered to my great pleasure what a fine composer [Lori Laitman] is. ...This is music worth knowing, and these artists are exceptionally adept at helping us hear just how good it is."

    – American Record Guide

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