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Full Operas - Released February 1, 2015 | Myto Historical

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Classical - Released April 16, 2013 | Mirare

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Classical - Released November 2, 2009 | Warner Classics

Distinctions 5 croches d'Opéra International
German lyric coloratura soprano Diana Damrau has taken the operatic world by storm since the early years of the new century, excelling in a wide variety of roles, from the Queen of the Night to Pamina, as well as in new works like Maazel's 1984. Besides having a formidable range and agility, she brings sharply defined characterizations to her roles. The arias she selected for the 2010 album COLORaturaS include some standards, as well as some less likely to appear on albums that so boldly proclaim the showiness of their repertoire, but all are hugely demanding pieces that highlight her musical and dramatic versatility. This collection, though, doesn't always catch Damrau in consistently top form. There are points where her intonation is distressingly approximate, particularly in trills, most noticeably in the final trill in Caro nome. Perhaps it is a fault of microphone placement, but her intakes of breath throughout the album are loudly audible and distracting. It's perhaps the recording, too, that heightens the percussive attack of certain consonants. The most successful tracks include "Grossmächtige Prinzessin" from Ariadne auf Naxos, "O mio bambino caro," "O luce di quest'anima" from Linda di Chamounix, and Oscar's two arias from Un ballo in maschera, and Ophélie's mad scene from Hamlet, which fully convey the assurance and brilliance for which Damrau is known. Dan Ettinger leads Münchner Rundfunkorchester in a dutiful accompaniment. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 2008 | Timpani

Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Choc du Monde de la Musique - 9 de Répertoire - 5 croches d'Opéra International - 9 de Classica-Répertoire
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Full Operas - Released July 1, 2007 | Coviello Classics

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Full Operas - Released January 1, 2007 | Chandos

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Opera - Released January 1, 2007 | Accent

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released October 31, 2006 | Naxos

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Alpha

Hi-Res Distinctions 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique - 4F de Télérama - 5 croches d'Opéra International - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released January 1, 2004 | Alpha

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique - 4F de Télérama - 5 croches d'Opéra International - 10 de Classica-Répertoire
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Classical - Released January 1, 2004 | Alpha

Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique - 5 croches d'Opéra International
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Classical - Released January 1, 2004 | Alpha

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Classical - Released January 1, 2003 | Alpha

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Opera - Released January 1, 2003 | Timpani

Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique - Recommandé par Répertoire - Recommandé par Classica - 5 croches d'Opéra International - Joker de Crescendo - Diapason découverte - Révérence de l'Avant-Scène Opéra - Orphée d'Or de l'Académie du Disque Lyrique
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Classical - Released January 1, 2002 | Alpha

Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique - 10 de Répertoire - 5 croches d'Opéra International - Diapason découverte
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Concertos - Released January 1, 2002 | Delos

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Classical - Released January 1, 2002 | Alpha

Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique - Recommandé par Classica - 4F de Télérama - 5 croches d'Opéra International
The gorgeous early music releases of France's Alpha label, each illustrated with a relevant painting along with discussion of both the music and the artwork, offer a splendid introduction to the culture of the ancien régime. The discussions get down to the kind of depth that academics traffic in, yet the performances are by and large sensuous ones entrusted to some of France's best historical-instrument ensembles. Here is music by Henry du Mont, a court composer of the late seventeenth century virtually unknown outside of France. The 14 selections consist mostly of "motets pour la messe du roy" -- motets for the mass of the king, with organ pieces interspersed among them. They are, in the genre designation of the time, petits motets: works for from one to three voices with violins and continuo, realized generally by an organ. They are especially nice examples of the genre, with a restrained sacred language forged out of an essentially operatic style. Hear track 5, Adoro te; in its way it has the same kind of gravity as Bach's greatest arias half a century later. The final Unde tibi is a gorgeous instance of large-scale architecture built with small-scale materials. The realizations of the music by organist and director Frédéric Desenclos make use of the option, specified by the composer, of adding a bassoon in the continuo in several instrumental pieces (hear the unusual, organ-like Symphonie à 4, track 10) and one vocal one. The soloists (countertenor, tenor, and bass, although du Mont also specified the possibility of a female vocalist for the top line) achieve a sound that's restricted in dimension yet not in the least underpowered. The overall result is music of a remarkably hushed intimacy and warmth, perfectly matched by Charles le Brun's painting of the sleeping Jesus, attended, among other personages, by an exquisitely poised cat resting under a small table. Notes are in French and English, and all Latin texts are translated into both languages. Highly recommended to any listener, from generalist to specialist in French Baroque culture. © TiVo
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Art Songs, Mélodies & Lieder - Released January 1, 2001 | Timpani

Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 5 croches d'Opéra International - Joker de Crescendo