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Sings Peter Lieberson: Neruda Songs

Album Summary

>Lieberson, Peter : Neruda Songs, for mezzo-soprano & orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

"Every phrase of Mr. Lieberson's new work seems to have been crafted with his wife's beautifully earthy voice and keen expressive instincts in mind the 30-minute score, a setting of five sonnets by the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, deals with, to paraphrase the composer, different faces of love: the pure appreciation of love; its joy and mystery; the anguish of separation; the volatile back and forth between passion and contentment; the inevitability of parting through death. Perhaps because of the subject matter, Mr. Lieberson's richly chromatic harmonic language, despite arresting swatches of atonality and pungent dissonance, is grounded, almost tonal, and deeply melancholic. Though the colorings are lush, the textures are lucid Ms. Hunt Lieberson, who speaks Spanish, provided her husband essential advice about setting the Spanish text with idiomatic naturalness. The work evolves in long-spun lines of ruminative lyricism. For the most part, the orchestra alternately cushions, empowers, consoles and agitates the vocal lines. For example, in the first song, as the soloist sings of being alive with love, the orchestra envelops the melodic writing with sultry shimmerings and a wistful tune for a lazy clarinet the fifth song, on the inevitability of death, provides an overwhelming conclusion, with an aching yet ennobled melodic line and astringent yet beautiful harmonies sustained by tremulous strings and reedy winds." -The New York Times


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>Lieberson, Peter : Neruda Songs, for mezzo-soprano & orchestra
  • Performer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 31 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2005
  • Studio/Live: Live