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The Six Realms, A Requiem for Lieberson

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The Six Realms, Peter Lieberson (25 October 1946 – 23 April 2011) In an interview last March with David Weininger, American composer Peter Leiberson stated “What makes the human life so poignant is the recognition of its profound impermanence.’’ As I casually turned the pages of the paper and read of Lieberson’s passing I was stunned. He died last Saturday in Tel Aviv where he was undergoing medical treatment for lymphoma, a diagnosis he received shortly after his beloved second wife mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson succumbed to breast cancer in 2006. He was 64. The Composer and Impermanence had not been strangers. Lieberson drew great inspiration from his Tibetan Buddhist beliefs and his connection with its ... [Read more]

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Rilke Songs

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I continue to be smitten with the work of Richard Avedon. Left, is his  “Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, American mezzo-soprano, October 1, 2003”. It is an eerie actuality that, to the day, one year later, Richard Avedon would die. Even more disturbing was the untimely death of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson on July 3, 2006, at the age of 52. I was shaken, for she truly embodied the music she sang. "So strong, so vibrant and so utterly communicative, they are as if tones were made flesh.", Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer | September 30, 2003. Here, from Rilke Songs, a collaboration with her husband, composer Peter Lieberson, for which The Grammy's posthumously awarded her 2006, Best Classical Vocal Performance, Part two; XXIX. Rilke Songs ... [Read more]

Happy Birthday George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel (23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759) Here, for a taste comparison, are two versions of "Ombra mai fu" from Handel's opera Seres (Xerses). The first selection is from the late mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Handel Arias, Harry Bicket and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Selection two is from the counter-tenor Andreas Scholl. Here from the Heroes CD, Sir Roger Norington, also with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.  It is difficult not to become rhapsodic when describing Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Her voice possess a pure emotionality tempered by intelligence. When she died at the age of 52 in 2006 it sparked in me a moment of mortality that I could not shake for days. How was ... [Read more]