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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2011
  • Label: Philharmonia Baroque
  • UPC: 093046747121
  • Catalog Number: 907471
  • Sales rank: 111,249

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Act 1. Arioso: Quì d'amor - George Frideric Handel & Freiburger Barockorchester (2:04)
  2. 2 Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Act 1. Aria: Con l'ali di constanza - George Frideric Handel & Freiburger Barockorchester (7:02)
  3. 3 Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Act 2. Recit.: E vivo ancora? - George Frideric Handel & Freiburger Barockorchester (0:24)
  4. 4 Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Act 2. Aria: Scherza infida - George Frideric Handel & Freiburger Barockorchester (8:48)
  5. 5 Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Act 3. Aria: Dopo notte, atra e funesta - George Frideric Handel & Freiburger Barockorchester (7:07)
  6. 6 Theodora, oratorio, HWV 68: Act 1. Air: Angels, ever bright and fair - George Frideric Handel & Elisabeth LeGuin (4:28)
  7. 7 Theodora, oratorio, HWV 68: Act 2. Recit.: O Thou bright Sun - George Frideric Handel & Elisabeth LeGuin (0:27)
  8. 8 Theodora, oratorio, HWV 68: Act 2. Air: With Darkness, deep - George Frideric Handel & Elisabeth LeGuin (3:48)
  9. 9 Theodora, oratorio, HWV 68: Act 2. Air: Oh! that I on wings could rise - George Frideric Handel & Elisabeth LeGuin (4:10)
  10. 10 Theodora, oratorio, HWV 68: Act 2. Duet: To Thee, thou glorious Son - George Frideric Handel & Elisabeth LeGuin (4:58)
  11. 11 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion - George Frideric Handel & John Butt (4:18)
  12. 12 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: But who may abide the day of His coming - George Frideric Handel & John Butt (4:25)
  13. 13 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: He was despised and rejected of men - George Frideric Handel & John Butt (11:11)
  14. 14 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: I know that my Redeemer liveth - George Frideric Handel & John Butt (6:43)
  15. 15 Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Act 3. Thy hand, Belinda / When I am laid in earth - Henry Purcell & John Butt (4:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Clori, Tirsi e Fileno (Cor fedele in vano speri), cantata for 2 sopranos, alto & orchestra, HWV 96: Act 1. Aria: Va col canto lusingando - George Frideric Handel & Sarah Freiberg (8:14)
  2. 2 Clori, Tirsi e Fileno (Cor fedele in vano speri), cantata for 2 sopranos, alto & orchestra, HWV 96: Act 2. Aria: Barbaro! tu non credi - George Frideric Handel & Elizabeth Blumenstock (6:47)
  3. 3 Susanna, oratorio, HWV 66: Act 1. On Joachim may every joy attend - George Frideric Handel & Elisabeth LeGuin (1:12)
  4. 4 Susanna, oratorio, HWV 66: Act 1. Bending to the throne of glory - George Frideric Handel & Elisabeth LeGuin (5:28)
  5. 5 Susanna, oratorio, HWV 66: Act 2. Lead me to some cool retreat - George Frideric Handel & Elisabeth LeGuin (0:16)
  6. 6 Susanna, oratorio, HWV 66: Act 2. Crystal streams in murmurs flowing - George Frideric Handel & Elisabeth LeGuin (7:31)
  7. 7 Susanna, oratorio, HWV 66: Act 2. If guiltless blood be your intent - George Frideric Handel & Elisabeth LeGuin (8:45)
  8. 8 Susanna, oratorio, HWV 66: Act 3. Guilt trembling spoke my doom - George Frideric Handel & Elisabeth LeGuin (6:03)
  9. 9 Radamisto, opera, HWV 12: Act 3. Recit.: Oh Dio! parte Zenobia - George Frideric Handel & David Bowles (0:24)
  10. 10 Radamisto, opera, HWV 12: Act 3. Aria: Qual nave smarrita - George Frideric Handel & David Bowles (5:52)
  11. 11 Ottone, re di Germania, opera, HWV 15: Act 2. Recit.: Ben a ragion - George Frideric Handel & David Bowles (1:03)
  12. 12 Ottone, re di Germania, opera, HWV 15: Act 2. Aria: Vieni, o figlio - George Frideric Handel & David Bowles (6:52)
  13. 13 Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 1. Recit.: Vani sono - George Frideric Handel & David Bowles (0:18)
  14. 14 Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 1. Aria: Svegliatevi nel core - George Frideric Handel & David Bowles (4:52)
  15. 15 Arianna in Creta, opera, HWV 32: Act 2. Aria: Qual leon - George Frideric Handel & David Bowles (5:58)
  16. 16 Bist du bei mir, for voice & continuo - Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel & David Bowles (2:53)
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Performance Credits
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Primary Artist
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