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HARBISON: Four Songs of Solitude / Variations / Twilight Music

Composer(s):Harbison, John
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.559173
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Christopher Latham,Limelight Magazine,March 2007

John Harbison is one of America’s leading composers, though his music is rarely heard here [in Australia]. He is best known for his opera The Great Gatsby, commissioned and premiered by NY Metropolitan Opera to acclaim. Harbison is a typical post-modernist, jumping stylistically all over the place, and he is in rare company in that he can still write a memorable melody. This CD starts with his wonderful North and South—setting six poems by Elizabeth bishop, whose compelling, vernacular language works perfectly as texts for songs. The late mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson shines here, the richness of her voice and the personality of her music-making cause the songs to jump off the disc and come to life. These songs are pearls and Hunt



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