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Lorraine Hunt Lieberson & Julius Drake - Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben / Brahms: 8 Songs Op. 57
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson & Julius Drake - Schumann: Frauenliebe Und-leben / Brahms: 8 Songs Op. 57

Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben
Brahms: 8 songs Op. 57

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, mezzo-soprano
Julius Drake, piano
Recorded at the Wigmore Hall, London

Alex Ross of the New Yorker has put this recording on his list of the ten best classical-music recordings of 2008.

The recording contains "what must be one of the best performances of Schumann's song cycle Frauenliebe und -leben on record," writes John Woods at

"The greatest miracles, however, may be heard in the live recital from Wigmore Hall. Recorded on October 4, 1999, with Julius Drake at the piano, Hunt Lieberson brings such sensuality and depth of feeling to the eight Op. 57 songs of Johannes Brahms that it hardly seems necessary to follow the translations in the booklet."--Jason Victor Serinus, The Bay Area Reporter

"Her singing creates timeless treasures out of these songs, a fabulous combination of serenity and intensity."--David Stabler,

"The voice of the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, in its tragic grandeur, somehow made the hard facts of life more bearable; a 1999 recital at Wigmore Hall (Wigmore Hall Live) with the pianist Julius Drake shows the mezzo-soprano giving unexpected depths to Schumann's "Frauenliebe und -leben" and a forthright tone to Brahms's strikingly erotic Eight Songs, Op. 57."--Russell Platt, New Yorker

The recording has been listed in the 100 Best Classical Recordings by The Sunday Telegraph.