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Handel: Arias / Theodora / Serse / Cantata La Lucrezia [Hybrid SACD]

George Frideric Handel, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Audio CD
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  • Performer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Phoebe Carrai, Margriet Tindemans, Stephan Stubbs
  • Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (10 Feb 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Avie
  • ASIN: B00022LZW8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,293 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Theodora: Recit - Ah! Whither Should We Fly, Or Fly From Whom?0:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Theodora: Aria - As With Rosy Steps The Morn 8:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Theodora: Recit - O Bright Example Of All Goodness!0:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Theodora: Aria - Bane Of Virtue, Nurse Of Passions 6:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Theodora: Recit - The Clouds Begin To Veil The Hemisphere0:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Theodora: Aria - Defend Her Heav'n! 5:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Theodora: Aria - Lord To Thee Each Night And Day 6:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Theodora: Recit - She's Gone, Disdaining Liberty And Life0:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Theodora: Aria - New Scenes Of Joy 5:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. La Lucrezia: Recit - O Numi Eterni! O Stelle, Stelle! 1:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. La Lucrezia: Aria - Gia Superbo, Del Mio Affanno 5:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. La Lucrezia: Recit - Ma Voi Forse Nel Cielo 1:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. La Lucrezia: Aria - Il Suol Che Preme, L'aura Che Spira 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. La Lucrezia: Recit - Ah! Che Ancor Nell'abisso 1:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. La Lucrezia: Aria - Alla Salma Infedel Porga La Pena 4:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. La Lucrezia: Recit - A Voi, A Voi, Padre, Consorte 1:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. La Lucrezia: Arioso - Gia Nel Seno Comincia A Compir 2:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Serse: Aria - Se Bramate D'amar, Chi Vi Sdegna 6:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Serse: Recit - Frondi tenere E Belle0:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Serse: Aria - Ombra Mai Fu 3:180.99  Buy MP3 

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Lorraine Hunt Lieberson sings Handel Arias from Theodora and Xerxes. Cantata La Lucrezia. Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by Harry Bicket with Stephen Stubbs, Phoebe Carrai and Margriet Tindemans in La Lucrezia

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Tirés de Theodora (oratorio), Xerxès (opéra), La Lucrezia (cantate profane) / Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, mezzo-soprano - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, dir. Harry Bicket

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional communication 15 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
Well, she is no longer with us - and that gives her recorded legacy both an added poignancy and value. She is, above all, a communicator - her passion for the music, combined with refined musicianship and consummate technique, come straight to the listener. Every word she sings is invested with such colour and meaning without being in the slightest bit 'arty'. She sings with a blazing conviction which goes straight to the gut.

If you buy this disk, not knowing her artistry - and of course you should as it is so far from the commonplace, anodyne food which is so often put out by the recording companies - then you will be led on a voyage of discovery. I am not such a great fan of opera on DVD but please do buy Theodora by Handel from Glyndebourne - to see her as well as hear her while she sings irene's arias is to pass beyond an awareness of singing and acting into a realm of being. An altogether superlative artist who is sorely missed.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hunt Lieberson explores Handel 15 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
Fifteen years ago this disc would probably have received a less extatic welcome. At that time we were still in thrall to the expressionless white tone of the Early Music specialists. To an extent we have moved away from this way of singing and listening to Bach and Handel through singers such as Ann Sophie von Otter.
However, with Hunt Lieberson we are back, in the best sense, to the supra-expressiveness and wide range of tone colours of the likes of Janet Baker. Here we see the 'face' of the singer.
Hunt Lieberson has been lauded for the spiritual aspect of her singing and in the Theodora items she pours out beautiful tone getting to the heart of this music expressing faith. 'As with rosy steps' becomes a benediction and she fines her tone down to a penetrating but tender thread. Throughout the disc she also makes the silences work dramatically rather than simply exist between the notes. It says much for the singer that the conductor of the disc, Harry Bicket, part financed the disc to ensure these performances were preserved. He and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment serve her and the music well.
The other major item here is the early Italian cantata, 'La Lucretia' We and Hunt Lieberson know this through Janet Baker's first rate performance. However, the new performance finds different light and shades and again the singer inhabits rather than illustrates the character of Lucretia. A performance full of detail and flashes of temperament marvelously sung.
Finally two arias from Serse; where even 'Ombra mai fu' comes up fresh and tender.
A must have disc. Please, we need some more from this singer, now surely in the prime of her vocal and interperative powers. This is art that illuminates truth and experience.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to Lift the Heart 25 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
The female voice is the most poignant weapon available to a composer, and it is used here with power, control, elegance, and delicacy. Lorraine Hunt Lieberson sang some of this music at Glyndebourne (Handel's opera Theodora, available on DVD-ASIN B00023BN4M) and it was, according to the reviewers, "one of the most vocally beautiful and dramatically committed characterizations imaginable."
It is much, much more than that. It is an emotional ambush, and the music lover who does not weep on hearing this beautiful recording has no soul. Sometimes you get more than perfection, and this is one of those times.
Lieberson is magnificent, but there are many heroes on this recording--Harry Bicket (conductor of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment-a wonderful, true name), still at the time of the recording a half-year away from his triumph at the Met, and the recording engineers. But perhaps most of all, second only to Lieberson, Phoebe Carrai and the celli of the Orchestra who cradle her voice in a mother's hands.
I wasn't prepared for this experience, and the emotional impact was amazing. I had heard part of the recording ("Ombra mai fu") at a Christmas party full of musicians. Everyone hushed, even the children--it was that compelling. I knew this was going to be special, but at home, playing the whole CD for the first time, I heard "As with rosy steps..." from Theodora and was stunned.
Of course Lorraine has a beautiful voice, but she also has breath control which allows her an interpretative freedom that simply sets her apart and above her contemporaries. The notes may be as fragile as dandelion seeds on the wind, but they alight where she wills them to, and with an intelligence, taste, and delicacy that is hard to believe.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, soulful singing; splendid sound 30 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
There's not a lot to add to the other reviewer's thoughtful and accurate assessment except for some notes on sound and a comparison or two.
Ms Lieberson gives us Handel, and Lucrezia et al. Unlike Fleming in her recent recital, she doesn't just give us the diva, but explores this wonderful music fully. I, too, was reminded of Janet Baker in Lucrezia, but to my ears Ms Lieberson is not only as intelligent and dramatic as Baker, she produces a lovelier sound. This must be the best recording Lucrezia has ever received (and special plaudits here to Bicket and co's wonderful accompaniment). As for the Theodora excerpts, not only are they soulful, they're characterful too.
I'm not normally a big mezzo fan but Ms L. could change anyone's mind. Bravo.
The disc was recorded in (pure) DSD and that helps set it apart from the other two Handel recitals on SACD, the Fleming and La Maga Abandonata). Both of those showed the limitations of even 24 bit PCM recordings in a tendency to saturate, - but Avie's recording is as spacious, noble and clean as Ms L's singing. M/C affects are both discreet and discrete: the sound is marvellous but never gimmicky.
In short, this is a disc in a million, a real Rosette record. And at the price you can find it at on amazon, you'd be mad not to buy it. Get this disc now, - it will improve your life!!
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