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Lorraine at Emmanuel - Bach, Handel / Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Craig Smith, et al

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 30, "Freue dich, erlöste Schar," BWV 30 (BC A178)
>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 33, "Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ" BWV 33
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Notes & Reviews:

"The early death of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson deprived the world of an exceptional artist and one, moreover, who left all too few commercial recordings... this is a superb disc that all admirers of this much-missed singer will want to have. And if you've not heard Lorraine Hunt Lieberson before, buy this disc and discover for yourself what all the fuss is about." -MusicWeb International (Recording of the Month)

The Times
Compiled as a memorial to the mezzo, this archive collection has become a memorial as well to Craig Smith, the founder of the Boston group Emmanuel Music, from which Lieberson first took wing. The voice isn't quite at full power in the aria from Bach's Cantata No 30, but you find the authentic emotional blast in Dejanira's arias from Handel's Hercules. The recordings don't have much bloom - but the voice!

The Observer
In this selection of passages from Bach cantatas and arias from Handel's Hercules, recorded at the church, admirers can trace [Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's] growth from low lyric soprano to lush mezzo of perfect technique, intonation and clarity.

The Telegraph
Typically, [Hunt Lieberson] makes each of these arias a confessional drama of the soul. In the process, she turns what should be a springy gavotte from Bach's cantata No 30 into something closer to a dirge. But she is magnificent in the arias Handel wrote for the neurotic, self-tormenting Dejanira in Hercules...Her burnished tone always remains beautiful. Another moving memento of a singer who, to quote one of her colleagues, "sang every performance as if it were her last".

BBC Music Magazine
... a solid achievement, distinguished by the mezzo's remarkable artistry.



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 30, "Freue dich, erlöste Schar," BWV 30 (BC A178) :: no 5, Kommt, ihr angefochtnen Sünder
  • Performer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  • Conductor: Craig Smith
  • Ensemble: Emmanuel Music Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 06/24/1738
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: Act 1. Scene 1. O Hercules! Why art thou absent from me?
  • Performer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  • Conductor: Craig Smith
  • Ensemble: Emmanuel Music Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: Act 1. Scene 1. The world when day's career is run
  • Performer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  • Conductor: Craig Smith
  • Ensemble: Emmanuel Music Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: Act 1. Scene 2. Then I am lost! O dreadful oracle!
  • Performer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  • Conductor: Craig Smith
  • Ensemble: Emmanuel Music Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: Act 1. Scene 2. Then in myrtle shades reclined
  • Performers: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; Shannon Snapp (Cello)
  • Conductor: Craig Smith
  • Ensemble: Emmanuel Music Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: Act 1. Scene 3. Ye lying omens, hence!
  • Performer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  • Conductor: Craig Smith
  • Ensemble: Emmanuel Music Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: Act 1. Scene 3. Begone, my fears, fly, hence, away
  • Performer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  • Conductor: Craig Smith
  • Ensemble: Emmanuel Music Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: Act 2. Scene 2. It must be so! fame speaks aloud my wrongs
  • Performers: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; Jayne West (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Craig Smith
  • Ensemble: Emmanuel Music Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: Act 2. Scene 2. When beauty sorrow's liv'ry wears
  • Performers: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; Danielle Maddon (Violin); Lena Wong (Violin)
  • Conductor: Craig Smith
  • Ensemble: Emmanuel Music Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: Act 2. Scene 5. O glorious pattern of heroic deeds!
  • Performer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  • Conductor: Craig Smith
  • Ensemble: Emmanuel Music Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: Act 2. Scene 5. Resign thy club and lion's spoils
  • Performer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  • Conductor: Craig Smith
  • Ensemble: Emmanuel Music Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: Act 2. Scene 6. Cease, ruler of the day, to rise
  • Performer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  • Conductor: Craig Smith
  • Ensemble: Emmanuel Music Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: Act 2. Scene 8. Joys of freedom, joys of pow'r
  • Performers: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; Jayne West (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Craig Smith
  • Ensemble: Emmanuel Music Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: Act 3. Scene 3. Mad scene
  • Performer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  • Conductor: Craig Smith
  • Ensemble: Emmanuel Music Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 33, "Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ" BWV 33 :: no 3, Wie furchtsam wankten meine Schritte
  • Performer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  • Conductor: John Harbison
  • Ensemble: Emmanuel Music Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 09/03/1724
  • Studio/Live: Live