The Ancient Question: A Voyage Through Jewish Songs

(AmazoniTunes) Released in December 2011, this CD features a new recording of Lori’s “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” with soprano Hila Plitmann and clarinetist Julian Bliss.

‘The strongest musical offering is Lori Laitman’s 1996 song cycle I Never Saw Another Butterfly, in which elegant, spare writing for voice and clarinet captures the poetic voices of children imprisoned in the concentration camp at Terezín. Clarinetist Julian Bliss partners Plitmann sensitively, especially in the intertwining duetting phrases of “Birdsong” and the melancholy drones of “The Old House.” Plitmann turns quickly from the cheerful, ironic “Yes, That’s the Way Things Are” to the harsh taunts of “Man Proposes, God Disposes.”‘ (Opera News)

“Arguably the most memorable and moving music comes in the final song of Lori Laitman’s cycle “I Never Saw Another Butterfly”, in which clarinettist Julian Bliss proves a sensitive partner to the charismatic Plitmann.” (BBC Music Magazine)