The late Metropolitan Opera star Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, partnered by the brilliant young tenor Joseph Kaiser, and pianists Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, gave a concert of Spanish Love Songs in 2004. Their memorable and wide-ranging New York Festival of Song program includes Spanish and Spanish-related songs by Granados, Turina, Ravel, Schumann, Wolf, Sondheim and others. The release of Spanish Love Songs coincides with the Metropolitan Opera debut of Joseph Kaiser, singing the role of Romeo in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, conducted by Placido Domingo. This will be followed immediately by Met performances singing Tamino in The Magic Flute. (Kaiser's Tamino has been widely seen in Kenneth Branagh's recent film of The Magic Flute. Lorraine Hunt Lieberson was the winner of the 2007 Grammy Award for 'Best Vocal Recording', for her performance of her husband Peter Lieberson's Rilke Songs (BRIDGE 9178), accompanied by pianist Peter Serkin. Ms. Lieberson's performances were highly regarded for their searing intensity and searching commitment.
Spanish Love Songs takes a whirlwind tour of Iberian culture, from the mystically introspective to the opulently romantic. On Spanish Love Songs we hear the great masters Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf and Maurice Ravel, fascinated by the beauty of Spanish culture, alongside the music of Spain's greatest composers of song. As an encore, the four performers combine for a delightful performance of Barcelona from Sondheim's Company.