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The Six Realms, A Requiem for Lieberson

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 … [Read more...]

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Rilke Songs

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...]