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The Emotional Eloquence Of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

By Justin Davidson, Contributor

Because she died early and her celebrity came late, and because she always sang as if she were on intimate terms with death, a whiff of tragedy clings to the recordings of mezzo soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. In her recital performance of Mahler's orchestral song "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen," she practically exhales the opening words ("I am lost to the world") in a voice that buzzes with desolate pallor. As the song goes… more »