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Berlioz: Les Nuits d'Été; Handel: Arias


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CD, Berlioz: Nuits D'ete; Handel: Arias - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo-soprano), Philharmonia Baroque, arkivmusic.com

Review in Spanish, miamiclasica.com

"The American mezzo, who died in 2006, may have never commercially recorded 'Nuits d'été' ('Songs of a Summer Night'), but this posthumous release makes up for it. Her Berlioz is so richly nuanced and lusciously textured that it feels almost decadent to listen to the disc more than once, yet impossible not to."--Mark Swed, Culture Monster, Los Angeles Times

"Her voice had a particularly effortless luster that resulted in one of the more cleanly vocalized recordings of the Berlioz cycle, whose vocal challenges shift greatly from song to song. What makes the performance, of course, was Lieberson's instinctive connection between words and notes, which allowed every phrase to come out with an almost three-dimensional sense of life and bristle with meaning. Often, I've felt that Lieberson was at her best when singing in her native English. Not so in this French-language Berlioz."--David Patrick Stearns, Sacramento Bee

Andrew Clements gave the recording five stars in a brief review for the Guardian.

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