Classical music review

Song cycle steals show in Cleveland Orchestra performance at Arsht Center


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Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 drew a nearly full house for Thursday night’s final season program of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami residency at the Arsht Center, but it was a striking song cycle by Peter Lieberson that proved the concert’s memorable event.

Lieberson’s Neruda Songs, a setting of five poems by the Chilean writer Pablo Neruda for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, is a spell-binding rumination on love and loss. Lieberson wrote the score for his wife Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, who premiered the work in 2005. She died the following year after a brave battle with cancer. Five years later the composer himself died of lymphoma.

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