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Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson - A Tribute (2011)

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Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson - A Tribute (2011)

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Handel: Ariodante, opera, HWV 33
01 : Act 1. Arioso Qui d'amor
02 : Act 1. Aria Con l'ali di constanza
03 : Act 2. Recit. E vivo ancora?
04 : Act 2. Aria Scherza infida
05 : Act 3. Aria Dopo notte, atra e funesta

Handel: Theodora, oratorio, HWV 68
06 : Act 1. Air Angels, ever bright and fair
07 : Act 2. Recit. O Thou bright Sun
08 : Act 2. Air With Darkness, deep
09 : Act 2. Air Oh! that I on wings could rise
10 : Act 2. Duet To Thee, thou glorious Son

Handel: Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56
11 : Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
12 : MBut who may abide the day of His coming
13 : He was despised and rejected of men
14 : I know that my Redeemer liveth

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626  
15 : Act 3. Thy hand, Belinda When I am laid in earth


Handel: Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, cantata, HWV 96
01 : Act 1. Aria Va col canto lusingando 
02 : Act 2. Aria Barbaro! tu non credi

Handel: Susanna, oratorio, HWV 66 
03 : Act 1. On Joachim may every joy attend
04 : Act 1. Bending to the throne of glory
05 : Act 2. Lead me to some cool retreat
06 : Act 2. Crystal streams in murmurs flowing 
07 : Act 2. If guiltless blood be your intent
08 : Act 3. Guilt trembling spoke my doom

Handel: Radamisto, opera, HWV 12
09 : Act 3. Recit. Oh Dio! parte Zenobia
10 : Act 3. Aria Qual nave smarrita

Handel: Ottone, re di Germania, opera, HWV 15
11 : Act 2. Recit. Ben a ragion
12 : Act 2. Aria Vieni, o figlio

Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17 
13 : Act 1. Recit. Vani sono
14 : Act 1. Aria Svegliatevi nel core

Handel: Arianna in Creta, opera, HWV 32
15 : Act 2. Aria Qual leon

Bach, J.S: The Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach (1725)
16 : Aria Bist du bei mir, for voice & continuo, BWV 508

Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson - mezzo-soprano, 
Freiburger Barockorchester 
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan - conductor


This set is a tribute to the supreme artistry of mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (1954-2006). It gathers together some of the finest recordings of arias and duets made during her acclaimed association with harmonia mundi. Highlights include selections from Purcell s Dido and Aeneas and Handel s Messiah. Hunt Lieberson is accompanied by Nicholas McGegan, leading the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the Freiburger Barockorchester. ---Editorial Reviews, amazon.com

Harmonia Mundi's two-disc tribute to mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson focuses on her legacy in Baroque opera and oratorio, particularly the works of Handel. The recordings span a relatively brief time (1989-1995) from early in her career, beginning only about five years after she began singing professionally, so it's a testimony to the fact that so many of the elements that characterized her singing -- a voice of exceptional warmth, sensuality, depth, and color deployed in performances of devastatingly focused expression of the music's emotional core, whether in opera or concert works -- were solidly in place from the beginning. Hunt Lieberson's absolutely technical security freed her to devote her considerable gifts to bringing the music to life with absolute honesty. Her performances are so consistent in their tonal beauty, musical refinement, and transparent communicativeness that it becomes almost meaningless to speak of highlights or stand-out tracks. Her duet with counter-tenor Drew Minter in "To Thee, Thou glorious Son," is heartbreaking in its piercing emotionality. The solos from Messiah are so familiar to most listeners that they require truly spectacular performances to make an impact, and here they do; "But who may abide the day of his coming" practically blazes and "I know that my Redeemer liveth" shimmers with radiance. Nicholas McGegan, a frequent collaborator of Hunt Lieberson's in both live performances and recordings, leads the Boston-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (and in excerpts from one opera, Freiberger Barockorchester) in stellar accompaniment, sensitive to the conventions of informed period performance practice and lively in expression. Harmonia Mundi's sound is consistently very fine, warm, detailed, and present. This gorgeous recording will be indispensible for Hunt Lieberson's fans. ---Stephen Eddins, AllMusic Review

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