Lorraine at Emmanuel

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Given her artistic significance, the discography that mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson left at her death in 2006 was not large, so it's heartening when new recordings of her work appear. This recital was taken from live recordings she made with the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, the ensemble-in-residence at Emmanuel Church, Boston, between 1992 and 1999, and includes arias from two Bach cantatas and extended excerpts from Handel's musical drama "Hercules." The performances rank among Hunt Lieberson's finest on disc. She brings her characteristic penetrating insight to the role of Dejanira, Hercules' wife. Conductor Craig Smith's program notes provide the context for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Given her artistic significance, the discography that mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson left at her death in 2006 was not large, so it's heartening when new recordings of her work appear. This recital was taken from live recordings she made with the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, the ensemble-in-residence at Emmanuel Church, Boston, between 1992 and 1999, and includes arias from two Bach cantatas and extended excerpts from Handel's musical drama "Hercules." The performances rank among Hunt Lieberson's finest on disc. She brings her characteristic penetrating insight to the role of Dejanira, Hercules' wife. Conductor Craig Smith's program notes provide the context for appreciating the character's development and illuminate the dramatic depth and subtlety of the singer's penetration of the role; she fully captures the fearsome development of Dejanira's fierce love for her husband as it turns to jealousy and then to harrowing remorse. Throughout, she sings with a fully supported and burnished tone that's always in service of the character. Jayne West, as Iole, has a light soprano that's an attractive foil to Hunt Lieberson's gravitas. Hunt Lieberson's intensity is no less evident in the Bach, which she sings with piercing focus. Here, the emotional climate is one of consolation and quiet confidence, and Hunt Lieberson delivers the music with radiant serenity. Smith conducts with sensitivity and passion in the first Bach aria and the Handel excerpts, and the sound quality is quite good. John Harbison conducts the second Bach aria in a recording that is somewhat noisier. The album is dedicated to Hunt Lieberson and Smith who died soon after her and is a striking tribute to their gifts.
New York Times - James R. Oestreich
Another treasure.... The material is choice.... Although Hunt Lieberson’s compelling stage presence added mightily to any performance, the voice alone amply conveys her characteristic intensity here. Her artistry is also apparent in fine details.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2008
  • Label: Avie
  • UPC: 822252213027
  • Catalog Number: 2130
  • Sales rank: 98,720

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cantata No. 30, "Freue dich, erlöste Schar," BWV 30 (BC A178): Kommt ihr angefochtnen Sünder - Johann Sebastian Bach & Craig Smith (8:46)
  2. 2 Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 1. Scene 1. O Hercules! Why art thou absent fr - George Frideric Handel & Craig Smith (0:46)
  3. 3 Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 1. Scene 1. The world when day’s career is run - George Frideric Handel & Craig Smith (4:38)
  4. 4 Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 1. Scene 2. Then I am lost! O dreadful oracle! - George Frideric Handel & Craig Smith (0:54)
  5. 5 Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 1. Scene 2. Then in myrtle shades reclined - George Frideric Handel & Craig Smith (3:25)
  6. 6 Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 1. Scene 3. Ye lying omens, hence! - George Frideric Handel & Craig Smith (0:11)
  7. 7 Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 1. Scene 3. Begone, my fears, fly, hence, away - George Frideric Handel & Craig Smith (4:31)
  8. 8 Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 2. Scene 2. It must be so! fame speaks aloud m - George Frideric Handel & Craig Smith (0:52)
  9. 9 Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 2. Scene 2. When beauty sorrow’s liv’ry wears - George Frideric Handel & Craig Smith (4:46)
  10. 10 Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 2. Scene 5. O glorious pattern of heroic deeds - George Frideric Handel & Craig Smith (0:38)
  11. 11 Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 2. Scene 5. Resign thy club and lion’s spoils - George Frideric Handel & Craig Smith (6:07)
  12. 12 Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 2. Scene 6. Cease, ruler of the day, to rise - George Frideric Handel & Craig Smith (4:00)
  13. 13 Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 2. Scene 8. Joys of freedom, joys of pow’r - George Frideric Handel & Craig Smith (3:55)
  14. 14 Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 3. Scene 3. Mad scene: Where shall I fly? Wher - George Frideric Handel & Craig Smith (6:39)
  15. 15 Cantata No. 33, "Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ," BWV 33 (BC A127): Wie fürchstamm wankten meine Schritte - Johann Sebastian Bach & John Harbison (10:42)
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Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Primary Artist
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