Rilke Songs

Peter Serkin, piano

In the days following the death of mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, it’s admittedly a bit difficult to split open the cellophane wrapper on this Bridge release of Peter Lieberson’s work. Peter and Lorraine gaze out from the cover photo, he with his arm over her shoulder, and it almost seems necessary to delay listening to the record so that it won’t feel like the last time you’ll meet. That it is the poems of Rilke that Lieberson has set here leaves us no room to ignore such emotion, but also offer us a sort of unexpected opportunity to say goodbye.

—MS