Handel: Theodora: Angels, ever bright and fair

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Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson: A Tribute

Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson: A Tribute

Bach, J S:

Bist du bei mir, BWV508


Qui d'amor (from Ariodante)

Scherza, infida (from Ariodante)

Dopo notte (from Ariodante)

Theodora: Angels, ever bright and fair

Theodora, HWV 68: With Darkness deep

Theodora, HWV 68: Oh! that I on wings could rise

To thee, thou glorious son of worth (from Theodora)

with Drew Minter (counter-tenor)

Messiah: Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion

Messiah: But who may abide

Messiah: He was despised

Messiah: I know that my Redeemer liveth

Clori, degli occhi miei, HWV 91a

Susanna, HWV 66: Bending to the throne of glory

Crystal streams in murmurs flowing: Susanna

Susanna, HWV 66: Guilt trembling spoke my doom

Susanna: If guiltless blood be your intent

Qual nave smarrita (from Radamisto)

Come to me, soothing sleep (from Ottone)

Svegliatevi nel core (from Giulio Cesare)

Qual Leon (from Arianna)


Thy hand, Belinda … When I am laid in earth (from Dido & Aeneas)

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

As a tribute to the artistry of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, this retrospective gathers together many of the finest recordings of arias and duets made during her acclaimed association with harmonia mundi. The booklet notes include tributes from her husband, Peter Lieberson, Nicholas McGegan and her obituary from Le Monde.

Lorraine Hunt - who became Lorraine Hunt Lieberson after her marriage to the American composer Peter Lieberson in 1999 - was born on March 1st 1954, in San Francisco. Her father was a music teacher and a conductor, her mother a contralto and a voice teacher. She played viola professionally until she was 26, when she found that her voice could be a better and richer way to express her musicality and secure her professional future. Lorraine would have a professional singing career of only 2 decades (1984-2006), interrupted twice by illness. She died from cancer on July 3, 2006, aged 52.

For harmonia mundi, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson recorded operas, oratorios and Handel arias, conducted notably by Nicholas McGegan. For Erato, she added the rôles of Rameau’s Phèdre and Charpentier’s Medea, under William Christie. Since her death, other taped live performances have been added to her discography, including two Wigmore Hall Live recitals and Peter Lieberson’s Rilke and Neruda Songs.

In 2009 harmonia mundi issued a recital given at the Ravinia Festival in August 2004 with pianist Peter Serkin. More recently, new label Philharmonia Baroque has issued Lorraine’s live performances of Les Nuits d’Eté and Handel Arias.

A formidable musician, a natural-born actress, she was at her best in roles of sacrificed victims, which didn’t prevent her from displaying a dark sense of humour. After having sung during the same evening Stravinsky’s Jocasta and Britten’s Phaedra, she once said: ‘Two suicides in one night! That’s right up my alley’.

“For those who loved Lorraine and her singing, and for those who have not yet heard her, my gratitude to harmonia mundi.” PETER LIEBERSON (b.1946, d.2011)

“Handel's popular "Angels, ever bright and fair" from Theodora and "Scherza infida" from Ariodante remind us of her musical intelligence and vitality...The final tracks on each disc, Dido's Lament and "Bist du bei mir" from the Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach, are almost unbearably moving in their characteristic simplicity and intensity. She is much missed.” The Observer, 24th July 2011

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Ave Maria - The Essential Boys Choir Collection

Ave Maria - The Essential Boys Choir Collection

Bach, J S:

Bist du bei mir, BWV508


Virga Jesse floruit

Charpentier, M-A:

Sub tuum praesidium, H. 20


O Salutaris Hostia


Gaude Virgo, Mater Christi


Tu Trinitatis


Requiem: In Paradisum


Theodora: Angels, ever bright and fair


O mysterium ineffabile


Da nobis pacem




Stabat mater: Opening duet


Vespers, Op. 37: Bogoroditse Devo (Rejoice, O Virgin)


Ave Maria


A Song of Wisdom Op. 113


Reges Tharsis

Dignus est Agnus


Nulla in mundo pax sincera, motet for soprano, strings & continuo, RV 630

The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School

Bursting with the transcendent sounds of this choir of boys and men coupled with the glorious acoustic of St. Paul's in Harvard Square, every selection on Ave Maria tells a story. Each beautiful and interesting work has its own history. Perhaps none more significant than that of the inspiration for Palestrina's Missa Pappae Marcelli or of the extraordinary depiction of the Magi from the East in 'Reges Tharsis,' on to the vivid and dramatic use of harmony in Bruckner's Virga Jesse. One thing is clear, this beautiful music has a stream of inspiration running clearly throughout. A must have for quintessential boy-choir category in the music collection. Ave Maria will be the second international release for the Choir School - who topped the Billboard classical charts, and became a media favourite with their 2014 release Christmas in Harvard Square. Founded in 1963 by Dr. Theodore Marier, an internationally acclaimed choral scholar, Saint Paul’s Choir School is the premiere musically intensive boy choir school, which educates choristers in grades 4 through 8 in the United States. The Choir School seeks to embrace the great cathedral school tradition as it unites a rigorous musical and academic cur-riculum preparing each student to grow and flourish in a dynamic and changing world.

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Handel Gold

Handel Gold


Samson: Let the bright seraphim

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano), Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet)

English Chamber Orchestra, Barry Rose

Lascia la spina (from Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno)

Cecilia Bartoli

Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble, Marc Minkowski

Frondi tenere e belle ... Ombra mai fù (from Serse)

Plácido Domingo

Giuseppe Verdi SO Milano, Marcelo Viotti

Tornami a vagheggiar (from Alcina)

Joan Sutherland

London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Dopo notte (from Ariodante)

Anne Sofie von Otter

Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski

Care selve (from Atalanta)

Luciano Pavarotti

Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Richard Bonynge

V' adoro, pupille (from Giulio Cesare)

Renée Fleming

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Harry Bicket

Ciel e terra armi di sdegno (from Tamerlano)

Rolando Villazón

Gabrieli Players, Paul McCreesh

Ma che vuoi più da me (from Floridante)

Joyce DiDonato

Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis

Ah dolce nome! (from Muzio Scevola)

Russell Oberlin

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dunn

Jephtha: Waft her, angels, through the skies

Nigel Robson

English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Messiah: He was despised

Kathleen Ferrier

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult

Coronation Anthem No. 1, HWV258 'Zadok the Priest'

Choir of Westminster Abbey, The English Concert, Simon Preston

Semele: Where'er you walk

Bryn Terfel

Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Charles Mackerras

Hercules: Where shall I fly?

Janet Baker

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Joshua: Oh! had I Jubal's lyre

Magdalena Kozena

Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon

Judas Maccabaeus: See, the conqu'ring hero comes!

Academy & Chorus of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner

Father of Heaven (from Judas Maccabaeus)

Grace Bumbry

The Utah Symphony, Maurice Abravanel

Solomon: Almighty pow'r

Andreas Scholl

Gabrieli Players, Paul McCreesh

Semele: Myself I shall adore

Danielle de Niese

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie

Messiah: The People that walked in darkness

John Tomlinson

The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock

Piangerò la sorte mia (from Giulio Cesare)

Teresa Berganza

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Alexander Gibson

Verdi prati (from Alcina)

Fritz Wunderlich

Cappella Coloniensis, Ferdinand Leitner

Semele: Hence, Iris, hence away

Marilyn Horne

New Symphony Orchestra of London, Richard Bonynge

Theodora: Angels, ever bright and fair

Susan Gritton

Gabrieli Players, Paul McCreesh

Messiah: I know that my Redeemer liveth

Sylvia McNair

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner

Messiah: Behold, I tell you a mystery... The trumpet shall sound

Thomas Quasthoff

Staatskapelle Dresden, Sebastian Weigle

Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus

The English Concert Choir, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

Decca - 4781460

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Lorraine Hunt Lieberson & Julius Drake

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson & Julius Drake


Lieder und Gesänge (8), Op. 57





Theodora: Angels, ever bright and fair



Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42

Mignon (Kennst du das Land?) Op. 98a No. 1 (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt Op. 98a No. 3 (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Heiss' mich nicht reden Op. 98a No. 5 (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

So lasst mich scheinen Op. 98a No. 9 (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (mezzo-soprano) & Julius Drake (piano)

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 *****

GGramophone Awards 2009

Finalist - Solo Vocal

Wigmore Hall Live - WHLIVE0024



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Handel - Arias

Handel - Arias


Cor fedele, HWV 96: Va col canto

Theodora, HWV 68: With Darkness deep

Vieni, o figlio, e mi consola (from Ottone)

Mirami altero in volto (from Arianna in Creta)

Susanna, HWV 66: Guilt trembling spoke my doom

Messiah: He was despised

Qual nave smarrita (from Radamisto)

Ogni vento (from Agrippina)

Cor fedele, HWV 96: Barbaro

Cor fedele, HWV 96: Amo Tirsi

Theodora: Angels, ever bright and fair

Theodora, HWV 68: Oh! that I on wings could rise

Susanna, HWV 66: Bending to the throne of glory

"Lorraine Hunt is the brightest star in the constellation of singers regularly employed by McGegan...Her voice has a bell-like roundness and clarity and is deployed with aplomb and temperament." Fanfare

Harmonia Mundi - HMU907149

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Something's Coming

Something's Coming


Something's Coming (from West Side Story)

Somewhere (from West Side Story)


Weg der Liebe


Down by the Salley Gardens

The birds


Corpus Christi Carol


Theodora: Angels, ever bright and fair


Vocalise étude


Ah perdona al primo affetto (from La Clemenza di Tito)

La vendetta (from Le nozze di Figaro)


It was a lover and his lass


An Sylvia, D891

Simon, P:

Bridge Over Troubled Water


O Waly, Waly ('The Water is Wide')

Willow, willow arr. Grainger

Over the mountains arr. Quilter

Vaughan Williams:

Linden Lea


Old Sir Faulk

Weill, K:

My ship

Nicholas Stenning (treble), Robert Bottone (piano)

Winchester College Quiristers, Christopher Tolley

Recorded June 2002 at Winchester College Chapel

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