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Lorraine at Emmanuel

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, conducted by Craig Smith (tracks 1 through 14) and John Harbison (track 15)

BACH: Kommt ihr angefochten Sünder (Cantata BWV30)
HANDEL: Dejanira's arias from Hercules
BACH: Wie fürchtsam wankten meine Schritte (Cantata BWV33)

"From the archives of Emmanuel Music comes this moving disc of performances by the revered mezzo-soprano, mostly led by the late Craig Smith, a pillar of the local music community. There are excerpts from Handel's 'Hercules,' but the two most arresting tracks are taken from Bach Cantatas (BWV 30 and 33) in which Lieberson sings with that tonal warmth and inner radiance that were hers alone.--Jeremy Eichler, "Jeremy Eichler's top CD picks of 2008," Boston Globe

"On Lorraine at Emmanuel (Avie), the astonishing, heartbreaking Lorraine Hunt Lieberson is accompanied by the Emmanuel Orchestra under Craig Smith and John Harbison (with Christopher Krueger's heavenly flute) in two arias from Bach cantatas and all the arias of the jealous, demented Dejanira in Handel's Hercules. Her loss is still so painful, I was afraid to listen; now I don't want to hear anything else."--Lloyd Schwartz, The Phoenix