Lorraine Hunt Lieberson - 1 March 1954 - 3 July 2006
Wigmore Hall Live are proud to release on their Archive series this very special 1999 live recital by the great, beloved American born mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson who tragically died in 2006.
The dramatic intensity and passionate commitment to her material earned her countless comparisons to Maria Callas.
Noted for her interpretation of Handel and Bach, this recital of lieder by Schumann and Brahms demonstrates the breadth of her repertoire and her meticulous artistry.
After her death, she won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance for her Rilke Songs and again in 2008 for her performance of her husband's Neruda Songs
“…Hunt Lieberson brings a rare translucency of tone to Brahms at his most impassioned and his most intimate. When it comes to Schumann's Mignon songs… we hear a pure, pearly line of longing, with a sense of shy questioning in her supple shaping of each phrase. All of these qualities come together in one of the finest recordings of Frauenliebe und-Leben currently available.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 *****