Lorraine Hunt Lieberson sings Peter Lieberson 'Neruda Songs'
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With this posthumous release, we are fortunate to have a recording of her November 2005 performance in Boston's Symphony Hall under the baton of James Levine. Running scarcely over half an hour, the disc is all too brief, but the emotionalism is pungent with every movement. Impressed deeply by several love sonnets written by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, her husband Peter, the composer son of ballerina Vera Zorina and longtime Columbia Records CEO Goddard Lieberson, wrote lush musical settings for five of them. Each poem reveals a facet of love distinctive in its pronouncement as the succession of pieces moves from openly rapturous to inevitable grief at separation. One cannot help but draw parallels between the emotional arc of the compositions and Hunt Lieberson's long-running bout with cancer and her pending fate.
When one hears the unadorned joy in her voice in the first poem, "If your eyes were not the color of the moon", the intractable bond between composer and performer is palpable.Read more ›
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, in my opinion, is the greatest Handelian mezzo of the last two decades. Her committment to the music, her consummate artistry, and her gorgeous voice makes everything she touches a reference without the affected mannerisms of singers like Renee Fleming. I adore her Handel album (both of them!) and I love this even more! It is simply a most touching work, with honors going to the fifth song beginning with the words "My love, if I die, and you don't." She treats it with such love, such passion, that I ended up crying when she uttered that phrase. An artist like her will surely be remembered for the short, yet wonderful things she did in her prime unfortunately cut short.
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I guess these songs just do not turn me on, although the performance is okay. It's supposed to be a classic.Published on August 25, 2013 by Margaret S. Choa, M.D.
To understand the beauty of this work you need to research the story; Pablo Neruda, the composer Peter Lieberson & the performer Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Lily
I recommend this recording of Lieberson's Neruda Songs to anyone who is passionate about music that brings exquisite poetry to life. Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by fine arts teach
Peter Lieberson' NERUDA SONGS as sung by Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, evoke a melancholy romanticism. The Pablo Neruda poems are subtley playful and deeply romantic. Read morePublished on November 29, 2010 by philipus19
One of the most beautiful recordings I own. The music is lush, profound, and moving. Peter Lieberson shares some of their story, which makes the performance both sad and... Read morePublished on March 28, 2009 by Len
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's story is so touching I was prepared to be seduced by the "Neruda" songs of her husband, Peter Lieberson. Read morePublished on October 14, 2008 by Joy Steele
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's voice has been compared to some of the worlds most prominent female vocalists of all time. Certainly she stands at the pinnacle of my list. Read morePublished on July 24, 2008 by Tamme