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Forever - Unforgettable Songs from Vienna, Broadway & Hollywood - works by Lehar, J. Strauss II; Loewe; Gershwin, Bernstein et al. / Diana Damrau, soprano

Audio Samples

>Kilar, Wojciech : The Ninth Gate
>     Vocalise
>Kálmán, Imre : Grafin Mariza
>     Höre ich Zigeunergeigen
>Kunneke, Eduard : Der Vetter aus Dingsda
>     Strahlender Mond
>Lehár, Franz : Giuditta
>     Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiá
>Lehár, Franz : Lippen schweigen (Lips Stay Silent) (from "Die lustige Witwe")
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
>     Mein Herr Marquis
>     Czárdás
>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady
>     Wäre det nich wundaschen
>     I Could Have Danced All Night
>Sondheim, Stephen : Sweeney Todd
>     Grünfink und Nachtigall
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>     Summertime
>Rodgers, Richard : A Wonderful Guy, song (from "South Pacific")
>Webber, Andrew L : Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, song (for the musical The Phantom of the Opera)
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Arlen, Harold : Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film The Wizard of Oz)
>Fain, Sammy : All in the Golden Afternoon (for Disney's Alice in Wonderland)
>Menken, Alan : Arielle, die Meerjungfrau
>     Ein Mensch zu sein
>Churchill, Frank : Some Day My Prince Will Come (for Disney's Snow White)
>Sherman, Richard M. : Feed the Birds (for Disney's Mary Poppins)
>Blake, Howard : The Snowman
>Chaslin, Frederic : Wuthering Heights
>     Cathy's Vocalise

Album Summary

>Kilar, Wojciech : The Ninth Gate
>Kálmán, Imre : Grafin Mariza
>Kunneke, Eduard : Der Vetter aus Dingsda
>Lehár, Franz : Giuditta
>Lehár, Franz : Lippen schweigen (Lips Stay Silent) (from "Die lustige Witwe")
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady
>Sondheim, Stephen : Sweeney Todd
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>Rodgers, Richard : A Wonderful Guy, song (from "South Pacific")
>Webber, Andrew L : Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, song (for the musical The Phantom of the Opera)
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Arlen, Harold : Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film The Wizard of Oz)
>Fain, Sammy : All in the Golden Afternoon (for Disney's Alice in Wonderland)
>Menken, Alan : Arielle, die Meerjungfrau
>Churchill, Frank : Some Day My Prince Will Come (for Disney's Snow White)
>Sherman, Richard M. : Feed the Birds (for Disney's Mary Poppins)
>Blake, Howard : The Snowman
>Chaslin, Frederic : Wuthering Heights
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Diana Damrau - lauded by the New York Times for her 'lustrous agile coloratura soprano voice and charisma galore,' and by Opera News for her 'exuberant glamour and emotional authenticity' - has made her name in such demanding operatic roles as Mozart's Queen of the Night, Strauss' Zerbinetta, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and Verdi's Violetta. But with her new album Forever, she turns to music from operetta, musicals and the movies - including Die Fledermaus, Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), South Pacific, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, The Phantom of the Opera, The Wizard of Oz and three Disney classics: Snow White, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid. 'This music shows a side of me that many people don't know yet,' says Diana Damrau. 'Every life has its own soundtrack and these are numbers that have had an impact on my life - and no doubt on other people's lives too. I have tried to gather together my own memories and the collective memories of my generation. I'm a child of my time ... and I'd also like to show the world that opera singers are not confined to one genre.' The soprano points out that she has sung many of the numbers on Forever to her young sons Alexander and Colyn. 'I've been able to tell that they like them too - that the music is timeless and not tied to any particular generation. These tunes are great art, because they are associated with unforgettable moments in everyone's lives.'

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-).



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Works Details

>Kilar, Wojciech : The Ninth Gate :: Vocalise
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Emmerich Kálmán (1882 - 1953) : Gräfin Mariza :: Höre ich Zigeunergeigen
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1924

>Eduard Künneke (1885 - 1953) : Der Vetter aus Dingsda :: Strahlender Mond
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948) : Giuditta :: Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiá
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1933

>Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948) : Lippen schweigen (Lips Stay Silent) (from "Die lustige Witwe")
  • Performers: Rolando Villazón (Tenor); Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus :: Mein Herr Marquis
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1874

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus :: Czárdás
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1874

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady :: Wäre det nich wundaschen
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady :: I Could Have Danced All Night
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Sondheim, Stephen : Sweeney Todd :: Grünfink und Nachtigall
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess :: Summertime
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1935

>Rodgers, Richard : A Wonderful Guy, song (from "South Pacific")
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Webber, Andrew L : Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, song (for the musical The Phantom of the Opera)
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1986

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Arlen, Harold : Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film The Wizard of Oz)
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Fain, Sammy : All in the Golden Afternoon (for Disney's Alice in Wonderland)
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Menken, Alan : Arielle, die Meerjungfrau :: Ein Mensch zu sein
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Churchill, Frank : Some Day My Prince Will Come (for Disney's Snow White)
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Sherman, Richard M. : Feed the Birds (for Disney's Mary Poppins)
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Blake, Howard : The Snowman
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Frédéric Chaslin : Wuthering Heights :: Cathy's Vocalise
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Abell
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta