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I never saw another butterfly


When searching the internet I accidentally stumbled upon the cycle of pieces I never saw another butterfly by Lori Laitman, whose work I had not performed previously. I read the poetry, written by children who lived and died in the concentration camp Terezin, and it struck me so deeply that I ordered the music. Lori originally composed for soprano saxophone and voice, but later orchestrated for clarinet and voice. The combination of these two instruments creates a meaningful, poetic sound, infused with melancholic hope, longing and despair. The clarinet part is unbelievably demanding—it requires an exquisite player to pull it off dramatically, and I find one needs to muster quite a bit of courage to perform these pieces as they are written so elegantly and economically that the players are very exposed.

from notes by Hila Plitmann © 2011


The Ancient Question
SIGCD276Download only


No 1: The butterfly  The last, the very last
Track 6 on SIGCD276 [5'50] Download only
No 2: Yes, that's the way things are  In Terezin in the so-called park
Track 7 on SIGCD276 [4'17] Download only
No 3: Birdsong  He doesn't know the world at all
Track 8 on SIGCD276 [2'07] Download only
No 4: The garden  A little garden
Track 9 on SIGCD276 [2'20] Download only
No 5: Man proposes, God disposes  Who was helpless back in Prague
Track 10 on SIGCD276 [0'40] Download only
No 6: The old house  Deserted here, the old house
Track 11 on SIGCD276 [3'35] Download only

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