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Lorraine Hunt - Handel Arias [Import, Original recording reissued]

George Frideric Handel , Nicholas McGegan , Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra , Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Handel: 'Va col canto' from Clori, Tirsi e Fileno 8:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Handel: 'Barbaro!' from Clori, Tirsi e Fileno 6:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Handel: 'Amo Tirsi' from Clori, Tirsi e Fileno 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Handel: 'Angels, ever bright and fair' from Theodora 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Handel: 'With Darkness, deep' from Theodora 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Handel: 'Oh! that I on wings could rise' from Theodora 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Handel: 'Vieni, o figlio' from Ottone 6:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Handel: 'Mirami altero in volto' from Arianna in Creta 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Handel: 'Bending to the Throne' from Susanna 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Handel: 'Guilt trembling spoke my doom' from Susanna 6:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Handel: 'He was despised' from Messiah11:13Album Only
listen12. Handel: 'Qual nave' from Radamisto 5:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Handel: 'Ogni vento' from Agrippina 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (May 17, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B0000007EU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Lorraine Hunt's voice is incredibly beautiful, and very recognizable. It is simply impossible to mistake her for anybody else. Her best register is mezzo, and she generally sings low-tessitura parts in which she can be very effective. Yet, her voice is not low enough (plus it is too feminine) in order to sing male roles convincingly. Unfortunately also, she has quite a bit of vibrato in her upper register where her voice can spread uncomfortably when pushed. Nevertheless, the sheer beauty of her timbre compensates for the occasional technical flaw. I enjoyed this disc, but I most cherish Lorraine Hunt's performances as Medee and Phaedra in two stunning recordings with Les Arts Florissants.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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I've been meaning to review this album for the longest time, but haven't because of my committments at work and other things. Lieberson's voice, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful instruments of our generation. It is, unlike a certain Renaaay who tries to sing anything and everything as a huge, incoherent slur, a very beautifully and artistically sung Handel recital. The tone is simply magnificent! And no other Handelian artist has connected her singing of the role with a dramatic sense that is so acute as her performances of the role.

It is really sad to know that this great artist died of breast cancer two days ago in her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was a big loss for the operatic world to lose such a beautiful instrument at such a young age. Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson will be missed.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars subtle beauty November 13, 2005
By zxtech
Format:Audio CD
I have had this CD for several years now, and also all of the CDs from which these arias are drawn. What a great album; I would not be without it. Ms. Hunt (now Hunt Lieberson) has the voice, phrasing, discipline...the inner understanding of this music. She's "connected" on almost every piece here. 'Angels Bright and Fair' is a particular standout in my view; but almost certainly, if you are a lover of Handel's music, you will find something special here. Her soprano to mezzo soprano on this CD was a subtle and extraordinary voice for performing these pieces.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handel at his best December 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Of all the wonderful (and not so wonderfil) Handel CDs I own, this is the one I return to over and over. The combination of musicianship, beauty of voice, and complete dramatic conviction makes this collection of (generally) very obscure arias a pleasure that intensifies with repeated hearing. Among the highlights: "Vieni o figlio" (from Ottone) which becomes, with Hunt's interpretation, one of the truly great arias of loss, a precursor of the great Romantic standards; "Angels, Ever Bright and Fair" (from Theodora), with unbelievable diction and sweetness, making Engish sound as beautiful as Itaian; and "Qual nave" (from Radamisto), again a miracle of delicate phrasing and conveyed deep feeling. But Hunt finds real meaning in all the songs -- she's never just vocalizing. Best of all is the way she manages to intensify meaning in the da capo section without excessive decoration.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious voice to remember October 28, 2006
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If you love the voice of Janet Baker or Kathleen Ferrier, you will love this collection. Miss Hunt is the peer of any mezzo soprano I have ever heard, bar none. Her voice is pure and rich, her musicality is flawless, her total effect awe inspiring. If you have never heard Lorraine before, this is a great place to start. You won't be sorry!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical October 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I can't recommend this collection too highly. Lorraine Hunt's voice is mellow, distinctive and beautiful. I have listened to this cd again and again and I never tire of it. Lucky Handel to have such a singer. Lucky us.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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With Lorraine Hunt you can't go wrong. Her appeal is universal: those who don't fancy opera will love it because of her virtuoso capability, originality and sincerity. Laurent Naouri expressed the core of her appeal: "When she sang her character, people would forget all that is conventional in opera. People would forget even her singing; they would just feel something so deep and true." Bravo, Lorraine, you set a standard for all time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recording of one of the great voices of our ...
Great recording of one of the great voices of our times! Bought as a gift for my aging parents, would recommend this to everyone who likes "classical" music.
Published 22 days ago by JimInMT
5.0 out of 5 stars Lorraine Hunt lives on
Lorraine Hunt lives on through her recordings. I am especially fond of her rendition of these arias and feel so sad that she died prematurely from breast cancer.
Published 7 months ago by Dr J
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music by a Sublime Singer
Few singers move me as consistantly as Lorraine Hunt. She does justice to one of my favorite composers, Handel. This is truly a desert island worthy CD.
Published 17 months ago by James McKenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Lorraine Hunt- Handel Arias
Ms Lieberson died untimely, but her legacy is saved for all of us. Complete musicians are a wonderful treat and I never tire of listening to her wonderful voice and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Allan J. Rickmeier
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful voice
This is the fist time I am ever purchased a CD by Lorraine Hunt. She has a wonderful voice and it is soothing to the ears. Read more
Published on April 10, 2011 by Jeffrey G. Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely Beautiful
She really left a wonderful gift in this cd. I wish I could have appreciated her voice before she died so as to have seen her in concert. What a voice she had!
Published on January 9, 2007 by A. Doro
3.0 out of 5 stars Compilation
This is a fine disc - or rather a compilation of highlights from four other fines discs, (i.e. Arias for Durastanti, Tirsi, Susanna, Theodora), but those who are lovers of Handel... Read more
Published on May 13, 2002
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