Laura Strickling’s 40@40

2024 Grammy nominee for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Soprano Laura Strickling’s 40@40 CD was released on the Bright Shiny Things label on August 18, 2023. Accompanied by pianist Daniel Schlosberg, the CD features the first 20 of the 40 compositions Laura commissioned for her 40th birthday. Lori’s song, Thanks a Latte, to a poem by Caitlin Vincent, is included.

Lori Laitman sets Caitlin Vincent’s “Thanks a Latte” in an arioso that adroitly moves through various sections and tempos that respond to the poem with skilful text-painting. Laitman gives Strickling ample opportunity to explore drama and humor. The soprano has fun with the song, providing a welcome diversion from the moodier pieces. — Sequenza 21.