Mozart: Donna - Arias / Diana Damrau

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Label: ERATO
Catalog: 5099921202322
Format: CD

Diana Damrau, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, Jérémie Rhorer - conductor

W.A. Mozart: Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio! K.418; No, che non sei capace K.419
La finta semplice: Senti l’eco, ove t’aggiri– Rosina
Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Martern aller Arten – Konstanze; Durch Zärtlichkeit und Schmeicheln – Blonde
Die Zauberflöte: Ach, ich fühl’s – Pamina
Don Giovanni: Crudele... Non mi dir – Donna Anna; In quali eccessi... Mi tradì – Donna Elvira
Le nozze di Figaro: Giunse alfin il momento... Deh, vieni, non tardar – Susanna; E Susanna non vien… Dove sono – Contessa
Mitridate, rè di Ponto: Al destin che la minaccia – Aspasia
La clemenza di Tito: S’altro che lagrime – Servilia; Ecco il punto... Non più di fiori – Vitellia

Wholenote Discoveries - March 2009
Until she recently gave up the role, the German soprano Diana Damrau was known as the most thrilling Queen of the Night on stage today. She has descended from the stratosphere into other Mozart roles, as heard on “Mozart - Opera and Concert Arias”, and we are the luckier for it. Her sparkling high notes and effervescent coloratura is still heard to excellent effect on several tracks, but what is new here is the darkness and depth of her voice. It is rare that a single singer can sound so convincing in such a variety of Mozart parts – from Donna Anna to Donna Elvira to Blonde to Kostanze – but Damrau’s remarkable versatility makes her sound at home in each role. The period orchestra Le Cercle de l’Harmonie under Jérémie Rhorer provide expert support. Seth Estrin
Gramophone Editor's Choice - March 2009
In her second recording as an exclusive Virgin Classics artist Diana Damrau interprets concert and operatic arias by Mozart in a programme which displays her virtuosity and impressive vocal range. Indeed Diana Damrau’s new recital shows she can sing practically all of Mozart’s notably varied soprano roles – ranging from the bravura (Donna Anna, Konstanze, Donna Elvira…) via the more serious (Pamina) to the lighter soprano (generally soubrette roles such as Susanna, Blonde…). From her first recording everyone noted her outstanding Queen of the Night – here she is Pamina (in New York’s Met last Fall, Diana Damrau alternated the two roles with brio). She is also Susanna and the Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Konstanze and Blonde (Die Entführung), Donna Anna and Elvira (Don Giovanni), Servilia and Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito), pairing major soprano roles within the operas, and concert arias. As for her first recital, ‘Arie di bravura’, French conductor Jérémie Rhorer, who is rapidly gaining international recognition, directs his French period-instrument ensemble Le Cercle de l’Harmonie.

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