Thursday, July 06, 2006

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

The great mezzo soprano, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, is gone. Her recording of Bach's Ich Habe Genug, which captured her projection of her own mortality, is, perhaps, the finest performance of this great work. Her warmth, beauty, and artistry were immediately perceived by those lucky to see and hear her in person.

I suppose all of her admirers were fatefully expecting bad news after her cancellations last year. Her appearance in NYC a few months ago seemed to assuage those fears. We all, I think, prayed for her recovery. We should be eternally grateful that we have a recorded legacy of this all too short-lived talent.

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