Classical Music Home

Welcome to Naxos Records

Email Password  
Not a subscriber yet?  
Keyword Search
Classical Music Home > HEGGIE: For a Look or a Touch / SCHWARZ: In Memoriam / LAITMAN: The Seed of Dream (Music of Remembrance)

HEGGIE: For a Look or a Touch / SCHWARZ: In Memoriam / LAITMAN: The Seed of Dream (Music of Remembrance)


Back Cover Image 
About this Recording
Gerard Schwarz's Naxos Interview
An American Champion – Gerard Schwarz Interviewed by Jeremy Siepmann

HEGGIE: For a Look or a Touch / SCHWARZ: In Memoriam / LAITMAN: The Seed of Dream (Music of Remembrance)

Based on the true story of two teenage lovers the Holocaust tore apart forever, the dramatic song cycle For a Look or a Touch casts long-awaited light on the fate of gay Germans in the Holocaust. By noted young American opera composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer, the work juxtaposes the exuberant freedom of pre-World War II Berlin with the brutal Nazi horrors that followed, while making an eloquent, poignant plea for remembrance. Seattle Symphony’s Gerard Schwarz penned In Memoriam, a beautifully meditative, elegiac piece for cello and string quartet, in honor of cellist David Tonkonogui (1958–2003). From acclaimed American art song composer Lori Laitman comes The Seed of Dream, a powerful song cycle based on five poems written by Abraham Sutzkever during his imprisonment in the Vilna Ghetto. The lyrical intensity of these poems bears witness to the transcendent power of art in resistance to the forces of cruelty. These works were commissioned by Music of Remembrance, a Seattle-based non-profit organization dedicated to remembering Holocaust musicians through their art (

Heggie, Jake
Scheer, Gene, lyricist(s)

  For a Look or a Touch
1.   Prelude: Do You Remember 00:04:16
2.   The Voice 00:05:13
3.   Golden Years 00:05:48
4.   The Story of Joe 00:04:26
5.   Silence 00:03:59
6.   Der Singende Wald (The Singing Forest) 00:03:21
7.   Remember 00:06:43

Schwarz, Gerard

  In Memoriam
8.   In Memoriam 00:09:06

Laitman, Lori
Sutzkever, Abraham, lyricist(s)

  The Seed of Dream
9.   No. 1. I Lie in This Coffin 00:03:42
10.   No. 2. A Load of Shoes 00:01:46
11.   No. 3. To My Child 00:05:34
12.   No. 4. Beneath the Whiteness of Your Stars 00:04:19
13.   No. 5. No Sad Songs Please 00:02:36

Total Playing Time: 01:00:49

Heggie, Jake; Laitman, Lori; Schwarz, Gerard

Scheer, Gene; Sutzkever, Abraham

Music of Remembrance

Miller, Mina; Parce, Erich; Patrick, Julian; Schwarz, Julian; Smith, Morgan; Yang, Amos

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Chamber Music; Opera; Vocal

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.559379

Barcode: 0636943937921

Physical Release: 04/2008

For U.S. and Canada:
Buy from H & B Direct
For Germany:
Buy from
For Germany and Europe:
Buy from
For Worldwide:
Buy from Presto Classical
For U.S. and Canada:
Buy from
For U.S. only:
Buy from
For U.S. only:
Naxos Direct
For U.K. Only:
Buy from
For U.S.:
Barnes & Nobles
For Germany:
Buy from


Naxos Records, a member of the Naxos Music Group