Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben; Brahms: 8 Songs Op. 57 (2008)
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's 1999 recital of lieder at London's Wigmore Hall gives listeners a rare glimpse into the mezzo's expertise in a repertoire ... Show synopsis Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's 1999 recital of lieder at London's Wigmore Hall gives listeners a rare glimpse into the mezzo's expertise in a repertoire for which she was not particularly well-known. The absolute technical assurance, the burnished tone, the depth of feeling, and the unmannered directness that characterized her performances are all in strong evidence here. These songs by Brahms and Schumann, some of the composers' most passionate, are ideal for the warmth and intensity of Hunt Lieberson's voice and the sensuality of her delivery. The centerpiece is Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben. As any great performance of the work requires, Hunt Lieberson embodies the narrator's growth from a love-smitten young girl to a grieving widow, with emotional honesty and with vocal coloring that convincingly depict the arc of a life from youth to old age. Each song feels completely right in Hunt Lieberson's readings, but the hushed joy of "Seit ich ihn gesehen," and the way her voice goes white at the words...
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