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Discussion: Handel: Arias - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

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Post by zeus February 28, 2006 (1 of 15)
I can't believe nobody has yet reviewed this disc ...

Post by andrewb February 28, 2006 (2 of 15)
zeus said:

I can't believe nobody has yet reviewed this disc ...

Your wish is our command!

Post by akiralx July 5, 2006 (3 of 15)
Sad to report that Ms Hunt Lieberson has lost her battle with cancer, passing away 2 days ago. I have both her recordings on SACD (this one and MTT's Mahler 2) and I'm sure anyone who heard either would agree she was a phenomenal singer.

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Singer of Bach, Handel, Dies at 52

July 4 -- Mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, 52, died of
cancer on July 3 at the height of her musical and expressive powers.

Her last professional activity had been touring with the Boston Symphony
in March, singing music by her husband, Peter Lieberson, before and
after which she canceled many bookings.

Hunt Lieberson occupied a special place on the music scene due to the
protean nature of her musical interests -- baroque to contemporary --
extraordinary gifts and the committed, spiritual aura both her presence
and plangent voice conveyed.

San Francisco-born, she grew up musically as a violist, working with the
San Jose Symphony. Her profound musicality sustained her in her first
phase as a vocalist, initially as a soprano, in the Boston and Berkeley
early-music worlds with which she never lost contact. Conductors
Nicholas McGegan and William Christie introduced her to European
festival audiences in Handel and Rameau roles.

Contemporary challenges also drew her: music not only of her husband (a
Bridge CD uniting their work set to emerge this week memorializes this
partnership) but of John Adams, John Harbison and Kaija Saariaho.
Handel Heroine

Peter Sellars was an early champion of her Boston-based career, using
her in imaginatively updated productions of Handel's ``Giulio Cesare''
and ``Theodora'' plus Mozart's ``Don Giovanni'' (seen at the Purchase
Festival in 1987, her strung-out Elvira was the first glimpse most New
Yorkers caught of her). Fortunately, these collaborations are preserved
on DVD.

In Boston and at New York City Opera, she incarnated the arrogance,
yearning and humor of the scheming royal in Stephen Wadsworth's
memorable 1997 staging of Handel's ``Xerxes.''

Her career at the Metropolitan Opera proved typically quixotic: she
first bowed as a sexy, tough Myrtle Wilson in Harbison's ``The Great
Gatsby'' in 1999. With Susan Graham's Jordan Baker, she stole the show.
That New Year's Eve, with James Levine accompanying, she limned the
spiritual ``Deep River'' (a frequent concert encore) during ``Die
Fledermaus.'' Later, she improbably shared the bill with the Three
Tenors at a 2000 gala, singing Act IV of ``Carmen'' opposite Jose
Carreras.

Her incandescent Didon in Francesca Zambello's 2003 staging of Berlioz's
``Les Troyens'' will stay in the grateful memory of any attending the
mere four performances she felt her resources allowed her.
New Met chief Peter Gelb had proudly announced her for Gluck's ``Orfeo
ed Euridice'' in May 2007, directed by Mark Morris with Levine
conducting. Earlier she was to tackle another challenge: Mere Marie in
Poulenc's ``Dialogues des Carmelites'' for Lyric Opera of Chicago. These
shows may go on, though no one can replace Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in
our musical life.

Post by zeus July 5, 2006 (4 of 15)
akiralx said:

Sad to report that Ms Hunt Lieberson has lost her battle with cancer, passing away 2 days ago. I have both her recordings on SACD (this one and MTT's Mahler 2) and I'm sure anyone who heard either would agree she was a phenomenal singer.

A sad loss. The quality and depth of her work on this particular disc took me by surprise. I wasn't aware she recorded with Christie ... I'll have to take a closer look at these in my collection.

Post by ramesh July 5, 2006 (5 of 15)
zeus said:

I wasn't aware she recorded with Christie ...

Known as Lorraine Hunt at this stage.
Her Nonesuch CD of Bach Cantatas is phenomenal.

Post by brenda July 5, 2006 (6 of 15)
A tragic loss. I feel bereft at the news and was heartbroken when I read it here.

LHL was a GREAT singer and a very good operatic actress. Her work for Peter Sellars (incl the staging of the Bach cantatas that Ramesh mentions, Mozart and Handel's Theodora) would have been a rich legacy on their own but her other roles and recordings, incl Rameau and Charpentier with Christie, Handel with McGegan and a lovely disc of the Anna Magdalena notebook were equally compelling.

But she didnt just sing in baroque and classical muisic. Many users here will have her Mahler 2nd with MTT but she also starred in the first recoridng of Adams' El Nino.

She was very, very precious.

Post by stvnharr July 5, 2006 (7 of 15)
akiralx said:

Sad to report that Ms Hunt Lieberson has lost her battle with cancer, passing away 2 days ago. I have both her recordings on SACD (this one and MTT's Mahler 2) and I'm sure anyone who heard either would agree she was a phenomenal singer.

I heard this news on the radio this morning. Very sad.

Post by ramesh July 10, 2006 (8 of 15)
According to the obituary just posted on stereophile.com she was due to record the Rückert Lieder in the MTT/SFS Mahler cycle. They'll have a gargantuan task to replace her.

Post by Castor July 10, 2006 (9 of 15)
ramesh said:

According to the obituary just posted on stereophile.com she was due to record the Rückert Lieder in the MTT/SFS Mahler cycle. They'll have a gargantuan task to replace her.

On the basis of her 'Urlicht' in the MTT Mahler 2, she would have been ideal in the Rückert Lieder. Sadly we shall never know.

Post by canonical March 24, 2009 (10 of 15)
Superb disc. Excellent sonics.

But I am slightly curious as to the:

Recording type: DSD

designation. I cannot find any comment to that effect in the SACD booklet/packaging ... only the comment that:

---> Recording engineer and SACD Mastering: Everett Porter

If it was recorded in DSD, you wouldn't really need a SACD mastering? Would you?

--> Also, it was recorded in two different locations ... two different continents (London UK, and Colorado USA). Whatever the difficulty / probability of finding a DSD rig in one location, to find such equipment in both locations, you would have to multiply the probabilities ...

I would very much suspect it is more likely a PCM. /// Anyone able to confirm?

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