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Composer: Lieberson, Peter (1946-2011)

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Year of birth1946
Year of death2011
NationalityUnited States
Period20th century
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Brahms and Lieberson comfort with Peter Oundjian and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Peter Oundjian leads the TSO in Brahms German Requiem with Gerald Finley and Klara  ©  Dale Wilcox
“Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted”, says the scripture, and it was so last night as Peter Oundjian conducted the mournful music of Brahms and Lieberson. Wave after wave of the rich textures of grieving arose and subsided in song, leaving in their wake the energy of reconciliation.The grieving of Peter Lieberson is deep.
*****
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RSNO: Brahms and Lieberson

Gerald Finley  ©  Sim Canetty-Clarke
Of all the 'time arts', music is arguably best placed to convey impermanence. Frikki Walker's excellent pre-concert talk – the most philosophical I've experienced at an RSNO Friday evening concert – set this train of thought in motion.
****1
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Kaleidoscopic colour

Kelley O'Connor  ©  Dario Acosta
Clive James – with as much modesty as a self-publicist can pull off – says, "all I can do is turn a phrase until it catches the light." A similar ability enlivens the orchestration of masters such as Ravel and Falla.