Lorraine Hunt Lieberson: A Tribute / McGegan

Audio Samples

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante
>     Act 1. Arioso
>     Act 1. Aria
>     Act 2. Recit.
>     Act 2. Aria
>     Act 3. Aria
>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora
>     Act 1. Air
>     Act 2. Recit.
>     Act 2. Air
>     Act 2. Air
>     Act 2. Duet
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
>     But who may abide the day of His coming
>     He was despised and rejected of men
>     I know that my Redeemer liveth
>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas
>     Act 3. Thy hand, Belinda / When I am laid in earth
>Handel, George Frideric : Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, HWV 96
>     Act 1. Aria
>     Act 2. Aria
>Handel, George Frideric : Susanna
>     Act 1. On Joachim may every joy attend
>     Act 1. Bending to the throne of glory
>     Act 2. Lead me to some cool retreat
>     Act 2. Crystal streams in murmurs flowing
>     Act 2. If guiltless blood be your intent
>     Act 3. Guilt trembling spoke my doom
>Handel, George Frideric : Radamisto
>     Act 3. Recit.
>     Act 3. Aria
>Handel, George Frideric : Ottone
>     Act 2. Recit.
>     Act 2. Aria
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare
>     Act 1. Recit.
>     Act 1. Aria
>Handel, George Frideric : Arianna
>     Act 2. Aria
>Stölzel, Gottfried Heinrich : Bist du bei mir

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante
>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas
>Handel, George Frideric : Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, HWV 96
>Handel, George Frideric : Susanna
>Handel, George Frideric : Radamisto
>Handel, George Frideric : Ottone
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare
>Handel, George Frideric : Arianna
>Stölzel, Gottfried Heinrich : Bist du bei mir
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This set is a tribute to the supreme artistry of mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (1954-2006). It gathers together some of the finest recordings of arias and duets made during her acclaimed association with harmonia mundi. Highlights include selections from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Handel's Messiah. Hunt Lieberson is accompanied by Nicholas McGegan, leading the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the Freiburger Barockorchester.

"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

"Publicity-shunning in life, mezzo soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson is turning into a star after her death. The good news is, she deserves the hype. These two CDs are an uncompromising but excellent collection of Handel arias, from "Ariodante," "Theodora," "Messiah," "Susanna" and a few others. Listening to the music's rococo curlicues, its twists and turns, you marvel at Hunt Lieberson's facility and clarity, the smoothness of her voice, the grace of her articulation. She injects excitement and emotion into even the much-heard "Messiah." The desolation and shame in her voice in a long, stretched-out "He was despised and rejected" is unlike any other interpretation I have heard, and is tremendously moving. Listening to her, you realize how many singers are on autopilot in comparison. Texts let you follow where Hunt Lieberson is going even in arias from lesser-known operas, and she holds your attention. As heart-melting encores we have two beautiful arias about death, the famous "Bist du bei mir" from Bach's "Anna Magdalena Notebook," luxuriously slow, and "When I Am Laid on Earth," from Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas.'" -Buffalo News



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>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Act 1. Arioso
  • Performers: Kristin von der Goltz (Cello); Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Dane Roberts (Double Bass); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano); Bjorn Collel (Theorbo)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Freiburger Barockorchester
  • Notes: Composition written: 1734.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Act 1. Aria
  • Performers: Dane Roberts (Double Bass); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano); Bjorn Collel (Theorbo); Kristin von der Goltz (Cello); Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Freiburger Barockorchester
  • Notes: Composition written: 1734.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Act 2. Recit.
  • Performers: Kristin von der Goltz (Cello); Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Dane Roberts (Double Bass); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano); Bjorn Collel (Theorbo)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Freiburger Barockorchester
  • Notes: Composition written: 1734.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Act 2. Aria
  • Performers: Kristin von der Goltz (Cello); Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Dane Roberts (Double Bass); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano); Bjorn Collel (Theorbo)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Freiburger Barockorchester
  • Notes: Composition written: 1734.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: Act 3. Aria
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Dane Roberts (Double Bass); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano); Bjorn Collel (Theorbo); Kristin von der Goltz (Cello)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Freiburger Barockorchester
  • Notes: Composition written: 1734.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora :: Act 1. Air
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Elisabeth LeGuin (Cello); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Freiburger Barockorchester
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1749

>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora :: Act 2. Recit.
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Elisabeth LeGuin (Cello); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Freiburger Barockorchester
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1749

>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora :: Act 2. Air
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Elisabeth LeGuin (Cello); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Freiburger Barockorchester
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1749

>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora :: Act 2. Air
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Elisabeth LeGuin (Cello); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Freiburger Barockorchester
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1749

>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora :: Act 2. Duet
  • Performers: Drew Minter; Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Elisabeth LeGuin (Cello); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Freiburger Barockorchester
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1749

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Elisabeth LeGuin (Cello); John Butt (Harpsichord); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: But who may abide the day of His coming
  • Performers: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano); Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Elisabeth LeGuin (Cello); John Butt (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: He was despised and rejected of men
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Elisabeth LeGuin (Cello); John Butt (Harpsichord); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: I know that my Redeemer liveth
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Elisabeth LeGuin (Cello); John Butt (Harpsichord); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas :: Act 3. Thy hand, Belinda / When I am laid in earth
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); David Tayler [Lute/Guitar] (Archlute); Elisabeth LeGuin (Cello); John Butt (Harpsichord); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689

>Handel, George Frideric : Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, HWV 96 :: Act 1. Aria
  • Performers: Judith Linsenberg (Recorder); Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Sarah Freiberg (Cello); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano); Paul O'Dette (Archlute)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Handel, George Frideric : Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, HWV 96 :: Act 2. Aria
  • Performers: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano); Paul O'Dette (Archlute); Elizabeth Blumenstock (Violin); Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Sarah Freiberg (Cello)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Handel, George Frideric : Susanna :: Act 1. On Joachim may every joy attend
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Elisabeth LeGuin (Cello); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Susanna :: Act 1. Bending to the throne of glory
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Elisabeth LeGuin (Cello); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Susanna :: Act 2. Lead me to some cool retreat
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Elisabeth LeGuin (Cello); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Susanna :: Act 2. Crystal streams in murmurs flowing
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Elisabeth LeGuin (Cello); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Susanna :: Act 2. If guiltless blood be your intent
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Elisabeth LeGuin (Cello); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Susanna :: Act 3. Guilt trembling spoke my doom
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Elisabeth LeGuin (Cello); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1748
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Radamisto :: Act 3. Recit.
  • Performers: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano); David Bowles (Cello); David Tyler (Archlute); Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1720.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1720

>Handel, George Frideric : Radamisto :: Act 3. Aria
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano); David Bowles (Cello); David Tyler (Archlute)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1720.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1720

>Handel, George Frideric : Ottone :: Act 2. Recit.
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano); David Bowles (Cello); David Tyler (Archlute)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1722.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1722

>Handel, George Frideric : Ottone :: Act 2. Aria
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano); David Bowles (Cello); David Tyler (Archlute)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1722.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1722

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare :: Act 1. Recit.
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano); David Bowles (Cello); David Tyler (Archlute)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare :: Act 1. Aria
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano); David Bowles (Cello); David Tyler (Archlute)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Arianna :: Act 2. Aria
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano); David Bowles (Cello); David Tyler (Archlute)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1733.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1733

>Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel (Composer) (1690 - 1749) : Bist du bei mir
  • Performers: Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano); David Bowles (Cello)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1720