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listen  1. Lieberson: Drala for orchestra (1986) - InvocationThe Cleveland Orchestra 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Lieberson: Drala for orchestra (1986) - 1. GatheringThe Cleveland Orchestra 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Lieberson: Drala for orchestra (1986) - 2. Offerings and PraisesThe Cleveland Orchestra 7:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Lieberson: Drala for orchestra (1986) - 3. Raising WindhorsesThe Cleveland Orchestra 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Lieberson: Concerto for four groups of instruments (1972/73)Asko Ensemble 8:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Lieberson: Accordance for eight instruments (1975/76)Asko Ensemble10:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Lieberson: Three Songs for soprano and orchestra (1981) - 1. Listen and HearAsko Ensemble 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Lieberson: Three Songs for soprano and orchestra (1981) - 2. The Palm and its Lines"Asko Ensemble 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Lieberson: Three Songs for soprano and orchestra (1981) - 3. The reed is brokenAsko Ensemble 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Lieberson: Ziji for clarinet, horn, string trio and piano (1987)Asko Ensemble 8:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Lieberson: Raising the Gaze for seven instruments (1988)Asko Ensemble 6:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Lieberson: Fire for large orchestra (1994/95)The Cleveland Orchestra 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Lieberson: Free and Easy Wanderer for chamber orchestra (1998)Oliver Knussen 6:34$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: ASKO Ensemble
  • Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra, London Sinfonietta
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Composer: Peter Lieberson
  • Audio CD (February 12, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00005QBDJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,182 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Peter Lieberson is slowly gaining a reputation as one of the more important composers of the day. His music has developed slowly and steadily over the past thirty-odd years, and this CD of his works samples much of what has the concert public talking. These works are of the chamber mode and as such are closely aligned with Lieberson's long affiliation with the Buddhist faith - beauty is in and of itself sufficient, with all the technical finesse surrounding it in homage.

Lieberson is currently in Los Angeles as the artist in residence with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and together with chamber works performed under the highly respected Green Umbrella Series, his newest commission 'Neruda Songs' has now had its world premiere. It is a larger scale work for orchestra and mezzo-soprano based on love poems by Pablo Neruda. It was commissioned by the LA Phil and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and is dedicated to his wife Lorraine Hunt Lieberson who sang the premiere. It is a work of extraordinary beauty - lithe, sensual, soulful, passionate songs of love that have some of the sense of the Strauss 'Four Last Songs' while also suggesting the ethereal vocal resonance usually associated with the French songs of Ravel, Berlioz, Hahn, etc. They are mentioned here as a heads up to collectors as they most assuredly will be recorded soon.

Lieberson's language is now more subtle and more luminous than the works on this CD. But that is just applause for the steady progress in this composer's output. Keep you eye and ear on him. Grady Harp, May 05
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carte31408 on August 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
A wonderful CD spanning 25 years of Lieberson's music. I came to this CD unfamiliar with Lieberson's music (other than his Piano Concerto) and carrying a more conservative tonal and harmonic bias. However, I found Lieberson's music engaging, challenging and beautiful. Drala's first movement is especially beautiful. I also loved the the three songs, performed flawlessly by Rosemary Hardy.
Conducting is the Oliver Knussen, a brilliant composer in his own right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This entry in Deutsche Grammophon's "20/21" line of contemporary music recordings collects eight pieces by Peter Lieberson, with Oliver Knussen leading three ensembles. Lieberson is a a relatively often performed but rarely recorded composer, and his two biggest inspirations seem to be Stravinsky, who knew his family when Lieberson was a youth, and Tibetan Buddhism. Perhaps due to the older Stravinsky, his music embraces modern concepts like a vague atonalism while at the same time having a smoothness that makes them very accessible.

The disc opens with a really invigorating miniature symphony, "Drala" (1986), in four movements. I lack the formal training in music theory to explain this piece adequately. However, its structure is quite easy to grasp, with an opening "Invocation" that displays timbre and melody, an uproarious "Gathering" concerned with rhythm, a slow and elegiac "Offerings and Praises", and a final "Raising Windhorse". I especially admire how throughout Lieberson expertly employs all forces of the orchestra without making any seem unnecessary. The use of percussion in the second and fourth movements has a powerful and aggressive edge one rarely hears in contemporary music (though Messiaen and Lutoslawski's first symphony comes to mind). My only complaint about the piece is that much of the third movement doesn't really mesh at all with the other movements, occasionally seeming an abberation.

It's a pity that the rest of the material on the disc doesn't quite compare with the first work. The "Three Songs" for soprano and ensemble, sung here by Rosemary Hardy, are frankly mediocre.
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