Lieberson wins 2008 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition
has been awarded the University of Louisville's 2008 Grawemeyer Award
for Music Composition for Neruda Songs
, his song-cycle for mezzo-soprano and orchestra on poetry of Nobel Prize-winning Pablo Neruda.
Listen to clips at Nonesuch Records.
Read the interview at NewMusicBox.
Lieberson is "delighted to have received it, particularly for Neruda Songs
. They are very special to me, as they were written for Lorraine."
His late wife, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, premiered Neruda Songs
with the Los Angeles Philharmonic directed by Esa-Pekka Salonen
in May 2005, to critical acclaim. The Boston Symphony Orchestra, co-commissioner with Los Angeles, performed and subsequently recorded the Songs
under James Levine with Ms. Lieberson for Nonesuch Records. The best-selling recording, which was Mr. Levine's first as music director of the Boston Symphony, received a Grammy-nomination.
|Peter Lieberson's new set of love songs to his wife is a thing of silvery, 3 a.m. beauty. In the half-light and glimmer of the orchestra, a melody leaps languidly upward like a dancer on the moon. This is music of untethered lyricism, born of the voice specifically, the burnished-copper mezzo of its dedicatee, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.|
Justin Davidson, New York Newsday
Lieberson joins eight other Grawemeyer Award-winners represented by the Music Sales Group: Simon Bainbridge
, John Corigliano
, Karel Husa
, Aaron Jay Kernis
, Witold Lutoslawski
, Kaija Saariaho
, Tan Dun
, and Joan Tower
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,
Neruda Songs 30'
Text (Spanish): Pablo Neruda