The Seed of Dream
American composer Lori Laitman is acclaimed for her genius at setting poetry texts to music. For the song cycle The Seed of Dream, she drew on five poems written in the Vilna Ghetto, in Nazi-occupied Lithuania, by the Yiddish poet and resistance fighter Abraham Sutzkever. Opera News says: “It is hard to resist the harsh irony of ‘A Load of Shoes,’ Laitman's fast, klezmer-tinted waltz to the poet's observation of piles of ownerless shoes." Hungarian composer Laszlo Weiner’s Duo for violin and viola sparkles with life, as do the string quartets of Pavel Haas, a leader in the extraordinary musical life and resistance at the Terezín concentration camp.