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Classical - Released September 1, 2017 | First Hand Records

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Maria Callas died on September 16, 1977; exactly 22 years later, September 16, 1999, Gundula Janowitz gave a recital in Athens, the city where her great colleague had grown up, and dedicated it in Callas’ memory. Now, in time for Janowitz’s 80th birthday, on August 2, 2017, a recording of that occasion – which was to be her very final public recital – is released at last. Callas and Janowitz had hardly shared a repertoire but what they both had were voices that were utterly distinctive, recognisable from the first note. Janowitz worked and recorded extensively throughout the 1960s and 1970s with all the leading conductors of the day: Karajan, Klemperer, Kempe, Kubelík, Kleiber, Solti, Bernstein and Haitink to pick but the most prominent. And the repertoire she focused on was built around two towering figures: Mozart and Richard Strauss. For her Athens recital, Janowitz chose two composers absolutely at the centre of her Lied repertoire, Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss, with a third, Robert Schumann, forming a bridge between the two. She was 62 years old by then, but the voice remains impeccable, crystal-clear, without a trace of a single wobble. One could only wish that all opera and Lied singers were in such remarkable shape at that age. © SM/Qobuz

Choral Music (Choirs) - Released July 21, 2017 | DOREMI

Classical - Released June 2, 2017 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)


Classical - Released August 5, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released March 4, 2016 | Archiv Produktion

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Classical - Released January 1, 2016 | Orfeo


Classical - Released January 13, 2009 | Opera d'Oro


Classical - Released August 4, 2008 | Warner Classics


Classical - Released January 1, 2008 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)


Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Universal Music


Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)


Classical - Released January 1, 2004 | Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg


Classical - Released January 1, 1999 | Decca


Classical - Released January 1, 1998 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

You can hear why Herbert von Karajan loved soprano Gundula Janowitz: the rich, ripe tone with the generous vibrato; the extraordinary emotional range; the operatic intensity of every phrase building to climaxes of rapturous ecstasy. In songs like Gretchen am Spinnrade, D. 118; and Suleika I, D. 720; or Die junge Nonne, D. 828, Janowitz's theatrical interpretations are justified by the material and in her ghostly and ghastly Schwestergruss, D. 762, they are a mad-scene in miniature. If her Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965, is surely a virtuoso showpiece to rival Rossini, it is still filled with infectious enthusiasm and unfettered vocal joy. If her Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), D. 839, is perhaps a touch sentimentalizing, it is still thrilling with its achingly long legato lines. If her Du bist der Ruh, D. 776, is more secular than sacred, more sensual than serene, and finally more rapturous than radiant, well, one can hear what Karajan loved in that, too.

Classical - Released January 1, 1997 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)