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Songs by Schumann and Brahms

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2009

Originally recorded in 2009


Lorraine Hunt Lieberson


Julius Drake



Wigmore Hall, London


Adam Gatehouse

Record Label
Wigmore Hall


Vocal & Song


Total Time - 68:33
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8 Songs, Op. 57 (1867-71) (Daumer)

1 Von waldbebranzter Hohe 2:51
2 Wenn du nur zuweilen lachelst 2:04
3 Es traumte mir 3:30
4 Ach, wende diesen Blick 1:51
5 In meiner Nachte Sehnen 1:33
6 Strahlt zuweilen auch ein mildes Licht 1:39
7 Die Schnur, die Perl' an Perle 3:07
8 Unbewegte, laue Luft 4:38



Four Lieder from Goethe's Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, Op. 98a (1849)

9 Kennst du das Land 4:26
10 Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt 2:39
11 Heiß mich nicht reden 3:54
12 So laßt mich scheinen 3:09

Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42

13 Seit ich ihn gesehen 2:57
14 Er, der Herrlichste von allen 3:40
15 Ich kann's nicht fassen 2:06
16 Du Ring an meinem Finger 4:12
17 Helft mir, ihr Schwestern 2:12
18 Sußer Freund, du blickest 5:31
19 An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust 1:25
20 Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan 5:26







Angels, ever bright and fair


Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, originally from Northern California, died in 2006 at the age of just 52. She brought an almost paradoxical combination of serenity and intensity to her performances, with her graceful presence, mellow voice and her subtle, but penetrating illumination of both text and music.

Her legacy of studio recordings is surprisingly small, making this recital – originally broadcast by the BBC in 1999 and centred on the German song cycle for the female voice, Frauenliebe und -leben – even more of a treasure. It complements Wigmore Hall Live’s other CD with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson of songs by Mahler, Handel and Peter Lieberson - the singer’s husband.


"This is a rich a faultless programme ... The encores are wonderful, the Handel especially getting a smattering of applause from the delighted audience before the first note begins. Lieberson’s reputation obviously preceded her across the pond. Julius Drake, as always, is paired at the hip with the singer, and you can hardly speak of one without the other. Sound is excellent, with notes, tests, and translation. Superb"

Audiophile Audition

"In this Wigmore Hall recital, Hunt brings her trademark warmth, focus and immaculate phrasing to the Schumann cycle Frauenliebe und leben"

The Observer

"Aside from the awe-inspiring beauty of her sound, Hunt Lieberson and pianist Julius Drake bring an unforgettable directness and intensity to Brahms’s 8 Songs Op. 57 ... a beautiful, even heart-rending, disc"


"The luminous mezzo voice of Hunt Lieberson is beautifully captured here at a Wigmore Hall solo recital in 1999, six years before her death from cancer at the age of 52"

The Times

"We should treasure every recording made by the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson ... This Wigmore Hall recital captures those special qualities of introspective intuition that marked her out as a great artist, indeed one of the greatest. Julius Drake is the masterly pianist ... Prepare to be overcome"


The Sunday Telegraph

"Another outstanding Wigmore Hall recital from the late Hunt Lieberson ... This is a disc that every lover of song will want under their Christmas tree"

HMV Choice

"Lorraine, usually heard in oratorio and baroque opera, was a lieder singer of the utmost sensitivity and colorific variation"

The Evening Standard

"no mezzo alive could match her luminous intensity in the music she made her own ... her fans still can’t get enough of a singer whose early training as a violist must have something to do with the refined musicality she brings to these exquisite songs"

The Independent

"One of the finest recordings of Frauenliebe und -leben currently available. A sense of hushed diffidence opens this deeply thoughtful performance, in which time is taken to reveal a shudder of timid sensuousness here, a dark intimation of mortality there. And all - even the daringly slow last song - within an easeful, instinctively shaped line"

BBC Music Magazine

"It’s rare that something arrives so enticing that I can’t wait top open it. But a new disc of mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson singing at Wigmore Hall in 1999 definitely qualifies ... Hunt Lieberson is an artist who gets under your skin, and perhaps I am already liking her Schumann in ways that I’m not even aware of yet"


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