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Ms. Hunt-Lieberson, who has just died, has often been described as "luminous" by critics. This album exemplifies that quality of her musicality as well as her great singing and uncommon musicianship. The music is a fitting remembrance for a unique artist who has left us in her prime.


A profound and deeply moving recording of Bach, perhaps one of the finest vocal performances ever put on record. Hunt Lieberson's rich tone is present of course, but what comes through most is the astonishing passion and pain she communicates. She seems to inhabit this music, rather than merely sing it. I had the good fortune of seeing her perform these cantatas in Boston; in Peter Sellar's staging, she was dressed as a patient in a hospital gown. Not a stunt, it instead focused the listener's attention on the emotional content of the pieces. In hindsight, it was also an uncomfortable premonition of her untimely death from illness not long after. This recording is remarkably true to the stunning effect that performance had on me and, from what I could tell, the rest of the audience as well. It will drain you, but you will also feel uplifted.

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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jun 01, 2003

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