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John W Barker
American Record Guide, September 2013

…this release is a valuable one, preserving one of the most powerful and unforgettable renditions of this profoundly humane music. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Matthew Richard Martinez, May 2013

Ms. Lieberson is captured here in wonderful voice. Her unmistakable mezzo-soprano is rich, complex, yet so intimately corralled to be a vehicle for the music.

You will not be disappointed. This recording is to be cherished for [Lorraine’s] incomparably committed reading of one of her signature Bach interpretations…The recorded sound is wonderfully vivid and captured with care. Ms. Lieberson’s ability to communicate the music is undiminished in her passing and the capturing of it here is a noble celebration of her legacy. To hear this recording is to hear Lorraine singing directly to you and for that, she, and the music she so loved, could never be forgotten. © 2013 Read complete review

Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, May 2013

This cantata, My heart swims in blood, is desperately effective…[Hunt Lieberson’s] inflections in each line are so perfectly suited to the music that one can hardly consider hearing it any other way. Allan Vogel’s incredible artistry only adds to this effect.

Yarlung’s remastering is excellent, clear and vibrant… © 2013 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, April 2013

Lorraine sounds unearthly, the Bach cantata is very moving and beautiful, the oboe de amore part nicely played by Allan Vogel, the viola solo likewise by Roland Kato.

…Margaret Batjer’s solo violin part is a pyrotechnical feat of large proportions. It’s exhilarating and a testament to the spirit and accuracy of the orchestra.

[Lorraine’s] artistry is ravishing. © 2013 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

Robert Levine, April 2013

…there is a lifetime of great and deep music-making here. Lieberson’s flawless tone, utterly even and capable of a dozen shades of dynamics and colors, along with her almost uncanny ability to convey feelings as rich as those expressed here, turns this half hour into an almost intimate experience, as if one were hearing the confession of a dear friend or a dear soul. Her simplicity is epic, to coin an oxymoron; she can drive one to tears. I’m unaccustomed to gushing like this, and my connection with devout anything, let alone Christianity, is less than tenuous, but I was stunned by the beauty of the singing, playing, and sincerity and so will you be. It’s like listening to the truth.

…brilliant and exhilarating. © 2013 Read complete review

Mary Kunz Goldman
The Buffalo News, March 2013

It’s a wonderful performance…Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra are graciously attentive throughout—oboist Allen Vogel partners Lieberson beautifully… © 2013 The Buffalo News Read complete review, March 2013

Lieberson’s knowing, well-paced and emotionally telling handling of this mostly dark cantata is revelatory…The cantata is coupled with a nicely handled performance of Brandenburg Concerto No. 4…both pieces are very well performed… © 2013 Read complete review

Douglas Neslund
LA Opus, March 2013

Ms. Lieberson’s artistry…sings to us through this recording with the intensity of the eternal, all the while anchored in the earthly. It is altogether appropriate that this precious recording should be made available to music lovers everywhere.

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Jeffrey Kahane, matches her intensity and color in perfect partnership.

Bach’s oft-heard Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, BWV 1049 completes this Yarlung Records CD, and features the leadership of LACO’s concertmaster Margaret Batjer and flutists David Shostac and Brook Ellen Schoenwald, in a one-on-a-part performance that imparts clarity and lucid texture. © 2013 La Opus Read complete review

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