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20 May 2008

Inspirations by Neruda, the Minutiae in Mahler

Kelley O'ConnorBy BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 19 May 2008]

Peter Lieberson’s “Neruda Songs” puts its trust in the staying power of five consecutive slow movements, in this case five vocal settings of Pablo Neruda’s sonnets. With impregnable dignity and great variety, Haydn succeeded at much the same challenge in his “Seven Last Words of Christ.”

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