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John Harbison: Chamber Music - Bill Kurtis; Brant Taylor (cello); Chicago Chamber Musicians; Emily Lodine (mezzo-soprano); Kuang-Hao Huang (piano);...
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  1. North and South: Six Poems of Elizabeth Bishop, for mezzo-soprano & chamber ensemble
  2. Six American Painters, for flute & string trio
  3. The Three Wise Men, for brass quintet & narrator (from Christmas Vespers)
  4. Book of Hours and Seasons, for mezzo-soprano, flute, violoncello & piano
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The song cycle accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble is one of John Harbison's favored genres, and this CD, featuring vigorous performances by the Chicago Chamber Musicians, includes two of his cycles. Mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson performs North and South: Six Poems of Elizabeth Bishop, composed in 1999. Harbison's blues-inflected settings of the two Ballads for Billie [Holliday] stand out for Bishop's vividly human portrait of her narrator and for Harbison's virtuosity in playfully flirting with popular ...