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Friday, September 26, 2008

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Lorraine Hunt Lieberson & Julius Drake


8 Lieder und Gesnge Op. 57


4 Lieder from Goethes Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre Op. 98a

Frauenliebe und leben Op. 42

Release Details

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson mezzo-soprano

Julius Drake piano

Schumann Frauenliebe und leben, Brahms 8 Songs Op. 57

Release Date: 27 October 2008

Catalogue Number: WHLive0024


Ģ Lorraine Hunt Lieberson - 1 March 1954 - 3 July 2006

Ģ Wigmore Hall Live are proud to release on their Archive series this very special 1999 live recital by the great, beloved American born mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson who tragically died in 2006.

Ģ This release adds to the universally acclaimed 1998 recital also released by Wigmore Hall Live (WHLive0013) Now that her recordings are all we have left, this one is particularly valuableĶI]t captures the incomparable beauty of Hunt Liebersons voice

Ģ The dramatic intensity and passionate commitment to her material earned her countless comparisons to Maria Callas.

Ģ Noted for her interpretation of Handel and Bach, this recital of lieder by Schumann and Brahms demonstrates the breadth of her repertoire and her meticulous artistry.

Ģ After her death, she won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance for her Rilke Songs and again in 2008 for her

performance of her husband's Neruda Songs.


A GRAMOPHONE AWARD NOMINATION to the final shortlist of 3 discs

ALBUM OF THE WEEK - THE INDEPENDENT "This Wigmore disc shows what magic she wrought with Mahler and Handel" The Independent

VOCAL CHOICE OF THE MONTH - BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE "The unique warmth of tone is sounded in the first notes even of the lighter Mahler songs, but there's also a spiritual grace in her approach ... peerless" BBC Music Magazine

Gerald Finley & Julius Drake




Songs and Dances of Death

Ned Rorem

War Scenes

Release Details

Gerald Finley bass-baritone

Julius Drake piano

Songs by Tchaikovsky, Musorgsky Songs and Dances of Death, & Ned Rorem War Scenes

Release Date: 27 October 2008

Catalogue Number: WHLive0025


Ģ Gerald Finley writes: It is with great sense of pride that this disc becomes the 25th release of the Wigmore Live series, in a musical partnership I have enjoyed for many years with Julius Drake. Performing at the Wigmore is always a highlight of any career. The others in the series are distinguished performers I have admired for years and the performances are wonderful. The audiences at the Wigmore are always welcoming and knowledgeable, and this atmosphere is captured perfectly. Already a fine catalogue, I hope the Wigmore Live series continues its honour roll

Ģ Critically praised for his performances both on stage and in concert, this recital of American and Russian song by Gerald Finley offers listeners the rare opportunity to hear one of todays most in-demand baritones within the beautiful,

Intimate setting of the Wigmore Hall.

Ģ After a recital at Carnegie Hall in March, 2007, Finley was praised by New York Times critic Bernard Holland as having a "bass-baritone of easy luxury" and that his "sensibilities begin with the pre-eminence of words."

Ģ His recording of Stanford's Songs of the Sea and Songs of the Fleet with Richard Hickox and the BBC NOW for Chandos received the Editor's Choice Award at the 2006 Classic FM Gramophone Awards.


Gerald Finley is one of the few baritones before the public today with whom it's virtually impossible to find fault Music OMH

No other baritone can touch him for declamatory expressiveness The Independent

Finley and Drake paced them all tactfully, precisely mediating between relaxed storytelling and rapt introspection. Here was very fine singing of truly great songs The Guardian

For my money this inspired pianist is now the best in the business New York Magazine



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