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Diana Damrau - COLORaturaS


Release Date: 01/12/2010 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 19313  
Composer:  Charles GounodGiuseppe VerdiRichard StraussGioachino Rossini,   ... 
Performer:  Diana Damrau
Conductor:  Dan Ettinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Diana Damrau is almost a throwback to the "Golden Age" sopranos like Hempel, Tettrazzini, Galli-Curci, et al.; her voice sits very high and the listener never worries that she won't execute a trill or a florid run or a high note impeccably. Where she differs from those songbirds, however, is in her commitment to the music and text: She comes AC (after Callas) and cannot be happy just making spectacularly high sounds à la Lily Pons or Roberta Peters. This is not to say that she would not be fascinating just resting on her technique, but she also creates a total character with each aria. While her Juliette and Gilda may not quite sound as girlish as some, we believe what her characters are saying and feeling. And then Read more we hear her Zerbinetta — simply the most flavorful performance around, sung with sarcasm and sex appeal, not to mention high notes plucked out of the stratosphere as if it were the most natural thing. Her "Glitter and Be Gay" from Candide has just as much "face": we know who this woman is. And a surprise is Anne Trulove's grand aria from The Rake's Progress, lyrical yet full, with increasing determination as the aria comes to its conclusion.

-- Robert Levine, Listen
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Works on This Recording

1.
Roméo et Juliette: Je veux vivre dans le rêve "Waltz Song" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dan Ettinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; France 
2.
Rigoletto: Caro nome by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dan Ettinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
3.
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60: Grossmächtige Prinzessin by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dan Ettinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911/1916; Germany 
4.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa...Io sono dolcile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dan Ettinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
5.
Rake's Progress: No word from Tom by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dan Ettinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948-1951; USA 
6.
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dan Ettinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
7.
Un ballo in maschera: Volta la terrea by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dan Ettinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
8.
Un ballo in maschera: Saper vorreste di che si veste by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dan Ettinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
9.
Linda di Chamounix: O luce di quest' anima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dan Ettinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
10.
Hamlet: A vos jeux "Mad Scene" by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dan Ettinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; France 
11.
Candide: Glitter and be gay by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dan Ettinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956/1988; USA 

Featured Sound Samples

Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss): "Grossmächtige Prinzessin"
The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky): "No word from Tom"
Linda di Chamounix (Donizetti): "O luce di quest' anima"

Sound Samples

Roméo et Juliette: Je Veux Vivre
Rigoletto, Act 1: "Gualtier Maldè...Caro nome" (Gilda): Verdi: Rigoletto, Act 1: "Gualtier Maldè...Caro nome" (Gilda)
Ariadne auf Naxos, Zerbinetta: Großmächtige Prinzessin...
Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Una Voce Poco fa
The Rakes Progress: Silently night...I go to him
Gianni Schicchi; O mio Babbino Caro
Un Ballo in Maschera: Volta la terrea
Un Ballo in Maschera: Saper Vorreste
Linda di Chamounix: O luce di quest amina
Hamlet: A vos jeux, mes amis...
Candide: Glitter and be Gay

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