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Lieberson - Horn Concerto; Rilke Songs; The Six Realms CD

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Listen  1. Rilke Songs: I. O ihr ZartlichenLorraine Hunt Lieberson, Peter Serkin 3:140.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rilke Songs: II. Atmen, du unsichtbares GedichtLorraine Hunt Lieberson, Peter Serkin 3:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Rilke Songs: III. Wolle die WanglungLorraine Hunt Lieberson, Peter Serkin 3:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Rilke Songs: IV. Blummenmuskel...Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Peter Serkin 3:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Rilke Songs: V. Stiller FreundLorraine Hunt Lieberson, Peter Serkin 4:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Six Realms: I. The Sorrow of the WorldMichaela Fukacova, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Justin Brown 4:010.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Six Realms: II. The Hell RealmMichaela Fukacova, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Justin Brown 4:200.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Six Realms: III. The Hungry Ghost RealmMichaela Fukacova, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Justin Brown 6:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Six Realms: IV. The Animal RealmMichaela Fukacova, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Justin Brown 3:020.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Six Realms: V. The Human RealmMichaela Fukacova, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Justin Brown 3:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Six Realms: VI. The God Realm and the Jealous God RealmMichaela Fukacova, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Justin Brown 5:450.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Horn Concerto: I. Quarter note = 108William Purvis, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Donald Palma 8:310.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Horn Concerto: II. Quarter note = 96William Purvis, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Donald Palma 9:130.89  Buy MP3 

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
LHL and more 8 Oct 2006
By Thomas F. Dillingham - Published on
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While it is true that I bought this recording in order to hear Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's performance (I would listen to her sing anything by anybody), it is a happy outcome that I can recommend the whole disc. I have not been a fan of Peter Lieberson's music before, but the pleasing variety of works here may convert me.

First, the Rilke songs, written for LHL, are exceptionally beautiful and her performance lives up to all expectations. The selection of five poems from Rilke's 'Sonnets to Orpheus' is itself interesting, suggesting a fine understanding of the work of that very difficult poet; the poems evoke Rilke's (and Lieberson's) fascination with the tensions between dynamic motion (and life) and the pure stasis of ideal beauty, of the search for spiritual perfection and the lure of physical/sexual power. Rilke finds in art the possibility of bringing those together, of reconciling any tension between them; Lieberson seeks the same in his music (especially as he explains its connection with Buddhist principles), and the connection in these songs is both very beautiful and convincing. LHL's voice was the perfect medium for those songs; her performance is meditative, lyrical, profoundly emotional but subtle. Anyone who values her singing will want this disc.

But further, Lieberson's piece for cello and orchestra, "Six Realms," which explores the realms of existence as described in Buddhist tradition, and the Horn Concerto, are both deeply satisfying, if not particularly adventurous, works. Both offer challenges to the soloists, and both reward the attentive listener with thought provoking and moving musical experiences. TFD
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Wrapped up in sound, thought, and memory 5 Nov 2006
By Robert Dixon - Published on
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Of course I bought this to have another memory of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson...and on that level it succeeded; what surprised me pleasantly was the rest of the album. I enjoyed Peter Lieberson's horn concerto on first listening and have replayed it several times - finding colors and contrasts that deepened the experience of the music.

But let's not forget the prime reason for owning this disc...the glorious, wonderous, magical, intelligent, powerful - and gone forever - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Her husband crafted songs that inhabit her voice and that she lives rather than sings...though she does. Now one must wait and hope for the Neruda Songs.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Haunting Vocals Amid a Postmodern Score 8 Jan 2007
By Diane M. Armitage - Published on
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The late mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's full-throated singing once again astounds the astute listener. Rilke's complex poetry, set to music by the late singer's husband, Peter Lieberson, is a haunting combination of music, text, and near perfect vocal interpretation. Hunt Lieberson's incarnation of Rilke's evocations of loss and transformation is nothing less than a supremely intelligent and passionate performance. An orchestral piece and a horn concerto comprise most of the CD and Peter Lieberson's late-20th century musical sensibility is at once lyrical and dark and intent on exploring moods particularly resonant with postmodern life: ambiguity, dissonance, estrangement, lamentation, and the inexorable pull of fate toward the elliptical.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The minority view 2 Jun 2007
By Personne - Published on
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I really, really wanted to like this music. But after many attempts I found myself unsatisfied. One cannot quarrel with any of the performances. The loss of Lorrain Hunt Lieberson is a blow to music. The performance given by her and her accompanist, Peter Serkin, is as exemplary a reading as one could get. Her fine low register is especially appealing here. But in the end, we've heard this music before. Rhythmically and gesturally it could be late Romantic German. Harmonically, there are a few twists, but nothing that hadn't been done by 1940. Tempi all lean toward moderato, so the overall effect becomes monochromatic. Lieberson remarks how much he learned from his wife; it's hard to quarrel except that he may have forgotten his own responsibility as a teacher.

The Six Realms for amplified cello and orchestra has a slightly scary title. Why is the cello amplified? Are we going to hear scratches, special effects and so on? Thankfully the answer is NO. It appears that the cello is amplified simply to balance it against the orchestra. The piece itself is generally slow and lyrical, with fine playing by Michaela Fukacova. Nice enough, but nowhere we haven't been.

The Horn Concerto is a fine middle Stravinsky piece. There doesn't seem to be much in there that couldn't have been written 60 years before. Instrumentation, harmony, voicings all seem to come from pieces like Dumbarton Oaks, or the Violin Concerto, or perhaps the Piano Cappricio. I was waiting for a punch line, but it never came. The concerto is a first-rate student piece in the style of Stravinsky.

So where would I place Peter Lieberson? I've heard some of his music, particularly for piano, that is much more challenging and engaging. But this music does not reach those heights. There's no denying the craft and lyricism. It's safe. But I hear no individual --no imperative.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Rilke Songs, et al. 16 Feb 2007
By Philip Tutt - Published on
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A very pleasant album, well performed. We especially enjoyed the songs, and the outstanding voice of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, tragically, taken from us far too soon.
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