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Verdi Heroines / Gheorgiu, Chailly, Giuseppe Verdi SO Milan
Verdi Heroines / Gheorgiu, Chailly, Giuseppe Verdi SO Milan

1 CD / Decca Import / 2013-03-04

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: I vespri siciliani; Don Carlos; Rigoletto; Aida, opera; Il Trovatore; Un ballo in maschera; Simon Boccanegra; La forza del destino; Otello
Performers: Downes, Shana; Gheorghiu, Angela; Polverelli, Laura; Tramonti, Tizana
Conductors: Chailly, Riccardo
Ensemble: Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan

"...this stunning new disc captures Angela Gheorghiu in some big roles we would not expect her to take into her repertoire at present...it is refreshing...continue...
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Gloria!
Gloria!

2 CD / Decca Import / 2011-05-02

Works: George Frederick Handel: Coronation Anthem; Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio; Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria in D, RV 589; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mass in C minor, K. 427 "Grosse Messe"; Vesperae solennes de conf...
Performers: Bott, Catherine [Soprano Vocals]; Byram-Wigfield, Timothy [Organ]; Constable, John [Keyboards]; Farnes, Richard [Conductor]; Goode, David; Hopkinson, Thomas; Humphreys, George; Jones, Della; Pinnock,...
Conductors: Preston, Simon; Marriner, Sir Neville; Davis, Colin; Hill, David; Higginbottom, Edward; Layton, Stephen; Phillips, Daniel [Choral]; Darlington, Stephen; Cleobury, Stephen; Rutter, John; Lole, Simon; ...
Ensemble: ; Academy of Ancient Music (UK); Capricorn (Ensemble); The English Concert
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Sweetest Love
Sweetest Love

1 CD / Decca Import / 2011-03-14

Works: Léo Delibes: Lakmé; Harold Arlen: Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film The Wizard of Oz); Morgan Pochin: Sweetest Love, song (after Bach's Air on the G String); Absence, song (after...
Performers: Arcadian Ensemble; Czech Film Orchestra; Jenkins, Katherine; Philharmonia Orchestra; Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Prague Symphonia; Te Kanawa, Kiri, Dame [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Inglis, Anthony; Dodd, Nicholas

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Levine/The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra And Chorus / James Levine - Celebrating 40 Years At The Met / [21 DVD]
Levine/The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra And Chorus / James Levine - Celebrating 40 Years At The Met / [21 DVD]

21 DVD Video / Decca Import / 2010-12-07

Works: Alban Berg: Lulu; Wozzeck, Op. 7; John Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492; Giacomo Puccini: Il Trittico; Bedrich...
Performers: Allen, Thomas; Bacquier, Gabriel; Battle, Kathleen; Behrens, Hildegard; Blegen, Judith; Cassilly, Richard; Clark, Graham; Creech, Philip; Dalayman, Katarina; Devlin, Michael; Fassbaender, Brigitte; F...
Conductors: Levine, James
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

"An extraordinary career deserves an extraordinary tribute - which is exactly what the Metropolitan Opera has accomplished to mark the fortieth anniversary of James Levine's...continue...
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Classic Australian Performances / Sutherland, Bonynge
Classic Australian Performances / Sutherland, Bonynge

2 CD / Decca Import / 2010-11-02

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia; La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera; Lucia di Lammermoor; Francesco Cilèa: Adriana Lecouvreur; Francis Poulenc: Dialogues of t...
Performers: Allman, Robert; Baigildin, Sergei; Begg, Heather; Bermingham, Jennifer; Black, Jeffrey; Brynnel, Monique; Collins, Kenneth; Dawes, Christopher; Donald, Robin; Donnelly, Malcolm; Elkins, Margreta; Ewe...
Conductors: Bonynge, Richard

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Carmen: The Arias
Carmen: The Arias

1 CD / Decca Import / 2010-07-12

Works: Georges Bizet: Carmen, opera
Performers: Ballestra, Jean-Luc; Bocelli, Andrea; Domashenko, Marina; Felix, Thierry; Gabriel, Alain; Haidan, Delphine; Léger, Magali; Lallouette, Olivier; Mei, Eva; Terfel, Bryn [Baritone/Bass]
Conductors: Chung, Myung-Whun

The 2005 studio recording of Bizet's Carmen, performed by the Radio France Orchestre Philharmonique with soloists Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel, Marina Domashenko, and Myung-Whun Chung is here abridged ...continue...
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The Voice Of The Century / Pavarotti
The Voice Of The Century / Pavarotti

2 CD / Decca Import / 2010-06-29

Works: Charles Gounod: Roméo et Juliette; Faust; Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata; Luisa Miller; Rigoletto; Léo Delibes: Lakmé; Georges Bizet: Vasco da Gama, ode-symphony for chorus & orches...
Performers: Cassinelli, Ricardo; Gibbs, John; Knight, Gillian; Merrill, Robert [Baritone Vocal]; Pavarotti, Luciano; Pelizzoni, Rinaldo; Plessis, Christian du; Siepi, Cesare; Sutherland, Joan, Dame [Soprano voca...
Conductors: Molinari-Pradelli, France; Bonynge, Richard; Pritchard, John; Mehta, Zubin
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Heroes & Villains
Heroes & Villains

2 CD / Decca Import / 2010-05-03

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto; Un ballo in maschera; Don Carlo; Il trovatore; La traviata; Otello; Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème; Tosca; Manon Lescaut; Turandot; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni...
Performers: Alagna, Roberto; Allen, Thomas; Araiza, Francisco [Tenor Vocals]; Battle, Kathleen [Soprano Vocals]; Berbié, Jane; Bergonzi, Carlo [Tenor Vocals]; Braun, Victor; Bruson, Renato; Burrowes, Norm...
Conductors: Bonynge, Richard; Chailly, Riccardo; De Billy, Bertrand; Solti, Georg; Pidò, Evelino; Davis, Colin; Abbado, Claudio; Bartoletti, Bruno; Gavazzeni, Gianandrea; Pritchard, John; Karajan, Herbert...

The biggest stars seize centre stage to sing the greatest scenes and arias of opera's heroes and villains. This is a compilation of the calibre...continue...
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Schumann Gold
Schumann Gold

2 CD / Decca Import / 2010-04-01

Works: Robert Schumann: Symphony no 3 in E flat major "Rhenish"; Carnaval, Op. 9; Myrthen, Op. 25; Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44; Liederkreis, Op. 39; Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61; Toccata for p...
Performers: Argerich, Martha [Piano]; Ashkenazy, Vladimir; Backes, Constanze; Deam, Donna; Eschenbach, Christoph [Piano/Conductor]; Fassbaender, Brigitte [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Bariton...
Conductors: Gardiner, John E.; ; Bernstein, Leonard; Previn, Andre; Kubelik, Rafael; Solti, Georg; Marriner, Sir Neville; Karajan, Herbert v.
Ensemble: ; Beaux Arts Trio; Hagen Quartett

As a companion to the more inclusive 35-CD box set 'Schumann: The Masterworks', Deutsche Grammophon releases a 2-CD set covering the Romantic composer's most beloved...continue...
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R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Renée Fleming, Sophie Koch, Diana Damrau, Jonas Kaufman. Vienna Philharmonia Choir; Munich PO; Thielemann [Blu-Ray]
R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Renée Fleming, Sophie Koch, Diana Damrau, Jonas Kaufman. Vienna Philharmonia Choir; Munich PO; Thielemann [Blu-Ray]

1 Blu-Ray Video / Decca Import / 2009-10-06

Works: Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
Performers: Damrau, Diana; Fleming, Renee; Grundheber, Franz; Hawlata, Franz; Henschel, Jane; Kaufmann, Jonas; Koch, Sophie
Conductors: Thielemann, Christian
Ensemble: Münchner Philharmoniker; Philharmonia Chor Wien

Renee Fleminjg appears in one of her greatest roles - the beautiful Marschalin of Strauss's bittersweet comedy of love, Der Rosenkavalier. Appearing with a stellar...continue...
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Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride
Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride

2 CD / Decca Import / 2009-07-06

Works: Christoph Willibald Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride, opera in 4 acts, Wq. 46
Performers: Aler, John [Tenor Vocal]; Allen, Thomas; Argenta, Nancy; Montague, Diana; Schirrer, Rene
Conductors: Gardiner, John E.
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Janacek: Vec Makropulos; Lachian Dances
Janacek: Vec Makropulos; Lachian Dances

2 CD / Decca Import / 2009-07-06

Works: Leos Janácek: The Makropulos Case (Vec Makropulos), opera, JW 1/10; Lachian (Lasské) Dances (6) for orchestra, JW 6/17
Performers: Czaková, Anna; Dvorsky, Peter; Jedlicka, Dalibor; Krejcik, Vladimir; Mixova, Ivana; Söderström, Elisabeth; Zitek, Vaclav
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles; Huybrechts, François

BBC Music Magazine
For those wanting a Czech-language performance of Janácek's opera of mortality, Mackerras's 1978 account, led by the intelligently conceived Emilia Marty of Elisabe...continue...
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Heritage Masters - R. Strauss: Arabella / Solti, della Casa, London, et al
Heritage Masters - R. Strauss: Arabella / Solti, della Casa, London, et al

2 CD / Decca Import / 2009-07-06

Works: Richard Strauss: Arabella, Op. 79
Performers: Casa, Lisa della; Coertse, Mimi; Dermota, Anton [Tenor Vocals]; Edelmann, Otto; Gueden, Hilde [Soprano Vocal]; Hellwig, Judith; Kmentt, Waldemar; Kolowratnik, Karl; Lenninger, Wilhelm; London, George...
Conductors: Solti, Georg
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Summertime - Beautiful Arias & Classical Songs
Summertime - Beautiful Arias & Classical Songs

1 CD / Decca Import / 2009-05-26

Works: Eduardo di Capua: O sole mio; Domenico Modugno: Volare; Agustín Lara: Granada; Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, opera; George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess; Michel Legrand: The Summer of '42; Lisa...
Performers: Carreras, José [Tenor Vocal]; Dugmore, Geoff; Fleming, Renée; Gerrard, Lisa [Composer/Singer]; Grigolo, Vittorio; Johnson, Bashiri [Percussion]; McIntosh, Robbie; Parricelli, John; Pava...
Conductors: Chiaramello, Giancarlo; Dodd, Nicholas; Benzi, Roberto; Hussey, Stephen; Levine, James; Farnon, Robert; Greenaway, Gavin; Wright, Gavyn; Müller, Eduardo; Ingman, Nick; Tate, Jeffrey; Dean, Ian; ...
Ensemble: ; Duel

Just in time for summer, this compilation of the world’s most beautiful music will help you escape everyday life. Filled with popular hits and songs...continue...
Personnel: Vittorio Grigolo, Hayley Westenra, Lisa Gerrard , Shaun Ryder (vocals); Renée Fleming, Joan Sutherland (soprano); José Carreras , Luciano Pavarotti (tenor); Robbie McIntosh , Joh...continue...
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Gay/Britten: Beggar's Opera / Janet Baker, Kenneth McKellar [DVD]
Gay/Britten: Beggar's Opera / Janet Baker, Kenneth McKellar [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Decca Import / 2009-01-21

Works: John Gay: Beggar's Opera
Performers: Baker, Janet; McKellar, Kenneth

Originally broadcast in 1963 and now meticulously restored by the BBC, this film features a superb cast, including Janet Baker as Polly Peachum and the...continue...
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3
Sound Format(s): LPCM Mono, Enhanced Dolby Stereo
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
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Puccini: Manon Lescaut (Complete)
Puccini: Manon Lescaut (Complete)

2 CD / Decca Import / 2008-09-16

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Performers: Carolis, Natale de; Carreras, José [Tenor Vocal]; Coni, Paolo; de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; Freschi, Ledo; Gaifa, Carlo; Matteuzzi, William; Tadeo, Giorgio [Bass Vocal]; Tajo, Italo; Te Kana...
Conductors: Chailly, Riccardo

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Dame Kiri gives an affecting characterization of Manon, at times rather heavily underlined but passionately convincing...Carreras is in good form, but sounds a little...continue...
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World of Puccini
World of Puccini

1 CD / Decca Import / 2008-09-02

Works: Giacomo Puccini: La La Bohème; Gianni Schicchi, opera; La La Fanciulla del West; Suor Angelica; La La Rondine; Tosca; Madama Butterfly; Manon Lescaut; Turandot
Performers: Bergonzi, Carlo [Tenor Vocals]; Chiara, Maria; Cossotto, Fiorenza; Freni, Mirella [Soprano Vocals]; Ghiaurov, Nicolai [Bass Vocal]; Harwood, Elizabeth [Soprano Vocals]; Maffeo, Gianni; McCracken, Jam...
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.; Adler, Kurt Herbert; Downes, Edward; Patanè, Franco; Bonynge, Richard; Gardelli, Lamberto; Serafin, Tullio; Santi, Nello
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Beethoven: The Symphonies [Box Set]
Beethoven: The Symphonies [Box Set]

6 CD / Decca Import / 2008-08-22

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21; Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60; Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84; Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36; Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92; Sy...
Performers: Baltsa, Agnes; Schreier, Peter [Tenor Vocals]; Tomowa-Sintow, Anna; Van Dam, Jose [Bass Baritone Vocals]
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert von

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Beethoven is in no way déjà vu to Karajan, as this set gloriously proves
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Dvorák: Songs my Mother taught me;  Janácek, Martinu, etc / Kozena, Martinu
Dvorák: Songs my Mother taught me; Janácek, Martinu, etc / Kozena, Martinu

1 CD / Decca Import / 2008-08-15

Works: Moravian Traditional: Kebych bola johadú (If I Were A Strawberry); Leos Janácek: Moravian folk poetry in Song; Silesian Songs (10) from Helena Salichová's collection, for voice & piano...
Performers: Freimuth, Michael; Kozená, Magdalena; Martineau, Malcolm; Röschmann, Dorothea

In her most personal album to date, acclaimed recitalist and opera singer Magdalena Kozena offers a collection of songs she has known since childhood and...continue...
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Rossini: Il Viaggio A Reims
Rossini: Il Viaggio A Reims

2 CD / Decca Import / 2008-03-03

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims, opera
Performers: Araiza, Francisco [Tenor Vocals]; Bandelli, Antonella; Boustany, Wissam; Corato, Luigi de; Credico, Oslavio di; Cuberli, Lella; Dara, Enzo; Gasdia, Cecilia; Gavazzi, Ernesto; Gimenez, Edoardo; Matteu...
Conductors: Abbado, Claudio
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In My Element / Anne Sofie van Otter
In My Element / Anne Sofie van Otter

2 CD / Decca Import / 2008-03-03

Works: Jacques Offenbach: Gaîté Parisienne; La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, operetta in 3 acts; Georges Bizet: Carmen, opera; Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60; Wolfgang Amade...
Performers: Augustsson, Mikael; Björkman, David; Blair, Michael; d'Oustrac, Stéphanie; Dohmen, Albert; Forsberg, Bengt; Henryson, Svante; Jonsson, Fredrik; Kress, Roland; Lindberg, Jakob; Lindberg, M...
Conductors: Minkowski, Marc; Sinopoli, Giuseppe; Gardiner, John E.; Levine, James; Abbado, Claudio; Boulez, Pierre; Pinnock, Trevor
Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Dresden Staatskapelle; English Baroque Soloists; English Concert; Les Musiciens du Louvre; Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; North German ...

Opera News
Smart, sophisticated and opinionated, Anne Sofie von Otter has become a star by doing exactly what she wants
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Cunning Little Vixen
Cunning Little Vixen

2 CD / Decca Import / 2008-02-04

Works: Leos Janácek: The Cunning Little Vixen (Príhody Lisky Bystrousky), opera, JW 1/9; The Cunning Little Vixen, suite for orchestra (arranged and orchestrated by Václav Talich)
Performers: Hudecová, Zuzana; Jedlicka, Dalibor; Krejcik, Vladimir; Marova, Libuse; Novak, Richard; Ondrásková, Miriam; Popp, Lucia [Soprano Vocals]; Randova, Eva; Saray, Peter; Zigmundov&aa...
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles

BBC Music Magazine
The first in the original astringent but atmospheric scoring. Mackerras is slightly less warmly idiomatic than his Czech rivals, but it's better sung.
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Personnel: Peter Saray, Eva Zigmundová, Ivana Mixova, Vaclav Zitek, Eva Randova, Eva Hríbiková, Miriam Ondrásková, Zuzana Hudecová, Libuse Marova, Vladimir Krejcik, Richa...continue...
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Verdi: La Traviata
Verdi: La Traviata

2 CD / Decca Import / 2007-08-15

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata
Performers: Cotrubas, Ileana; Domingo, Placido [Tenor Vocals]; Foiani, Giovanni; Friess, Paul; Giacomotti, Alfredo; Grella, Bruno; Gullino, Walter; Jungwirth, Helena; Malagu, Stefania; Milnes, Sherrill [Baritone...
Conductors: Kleiber, Carlos

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Cotrubas makes an ideal heroine in this opera, for her characterization combines strength with vulnerability...Kleiber's direction is controversial, with more than a hint of...continue...
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Donizetti: Anna Bolena / Bonynge, Sutherland, Ramey, Mentzer
Donizetti: Anna Bolena / Bonynge, Sutherland, Ramey, Mentzer

3 CD / Decca Import / 2006-10-10

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Anna Bolena
Performers: Gavazzi, Ernesto; Hadley, Jerry; Mentzer, Susanne; Nissa, Bernadette Manca di; Ramey, Samuel [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Surjan, Giorgio [Bass Vocals]; Sutherland, Joan, Dame [Soprano vocals]
Conductors: Bonynge, Richard
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Handel: Giulio Cesare / Fischer
Handel: Giulio Cesare / Fischer

4 CD / Decca Import / 2006-09-18

Works: George Frederick Handel: Giulio Cesare
Performers: Baumann, Hermann; Crass, Franz; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal]; Hamari, Julia [Contralto Vocals]; Richter, Karl; Schöne, Wolfgang; Schopper, Michael; Schramm, Ernst-Gerold; Schreier,...
Conductors: Richter, Karl
Ensemble: Munich Bach Orchestra

"Tatiana Troyanos copes marvelously well with Cleopatra's essentially soprano part." -Gramophone...continue...
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Relaxing Adagios
Relaxing Adagios

2 CD / Decca Import / 2006-09-11

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043; Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208; Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068; Léo D...
Performers: Ashkenazy, Vladimir; Bennett, William [Flute]; Berbié, Jane; Bolet, Jorge; Bonell, Carlos [Guitar]; Brymer, Jack [Clarinet]; Hasson, Maurice; Kipnis, Igor [Harpsichord/Piano]; Kulka, Konstanty...
Conductors: Marriner, Sir Neville; Bonynge, Richard; Ashkenazy, Vladimir; Munchinger, Karl; Solti, Georg; Dutoit, Charles; ; Karajan, Herbert v.; Cleobury, Nicholas; Masur, Kurt; Jorda, Enrique
Ensemble: ; Capricorn (Ensemble); Du Brassus; I Musici; Lausanne Pro Arte

This CD includes a great selection of "soothing and relaxing" music as well as a great introduction to the classics....continue...
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Rossini: Guglielmo Tell / Chailly, Milnes, Pavarotti, Freni
Rossini: Guglielmo Tell / Chailly, Milnes, Pavarotti, Freni

4 CD / Decca Import / 2006-08-07

Works: Gioachino Rossini: William Tell (Gugliemo Tell), opera
Performers: Connell, Elizabeth; de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; Freni, Mirella [Soprano Vocals]; Ghiaurov, Nicolai [Bass Vocal]; Jones, Della; Mazzoli, Ferruccio; Milnes, Sherrill [Baritone Vocals]; Noble, John; ...
Conductors: Chailly, Riccardo
Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra

"Chailly's is a forceful reading, particularly strong in the many ensembles, and superbly recorded. Milnes makes a heroic Tell, always firm and Pavarotti sings the...continue...
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Rossini: Matilde di Shabran / Frizza, Massis, Flórez, et al
Rossini: Matilde di Shabran / Frizza, Massis, Flórez, et al

3 CD / Decca Import / 2006-07-17

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Matilde (di) Shabran, opera
Performers: Bonfatti, Gregory; Chialli, Chiara; Cucchi, Rosetta; Flórez, Juan Diego; Halevy, Hadar; Lepore, Carlo; Massis, Annick; Moravec, Lubomir; Simone, Bruno de; Taddia, Bruno; Vinco, Marco
Conductors: Frizza, Riccardo
Ensemble: Galicia Symphony Orchestra

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...driving the Pesaro audience bananas with his pinging high notes and thrilling volleys of coloratura
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Anne Sofie von Otter - I Let the Music Speak
Anne Sofie von Otter - I Let the Music Speak

1 CD / Decca Import / 2006-07-04

Works: Björn Ulvaeus: The day before you came; Benny Andersson: I let the music speak; When all is said and done; I walk with you, mama; The winner takes it all; Chess; Kristina Fran Duvemala; I am jus...
Performers: Andersson, Benny; Augustsson, Mikael; Björkman, David; Eljas, Anders; Englund, Lasse; Grebacken, Pär; Henryson, Svante; Jakobsson, Karl; Jonsson, Fredrik; Kress, Rolland; Lindgren, Magnus; ...
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Ensemble: Fleshquartet

After her successful collaboration with Elvis Costello on 'For the Stars,' Anne Sofie von Otter continues to explore the terrain of popular music with a...continue...
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Mozart Portraits / Bartoli, Fischer, Vienna CO
Mozart Portraits / Bartoli, Fischer, Vienna CO

1 CD / Decca Import / 2006-04-11

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte, K 588; Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492; Don Giovanni; Davidde penitente, oratorio, K. 469; Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
Performers: Bartoli, Cecilia
Conductors: Fischer, György

"Cecilia Bartoli boasts a voice of extraordinary charm and unassuming virtuosity; her vocal characterizations would be the envy of the finest actresses and her intuitive...continue...
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Wagner: Parsifal / Thielemann, Domingo, et al
Wagner: Parsifal / Thielemann, Domingo, et al

4 CD / Decca Import / 2006-04-03

Works: Richard Wagner: Parsifal
Performers: Anger, Ain; Baechle, Janina; Bankl, Wolfgang; Denschlag, Daniela; Dickie, John [Tenor Vocal]; Domingo, Placido [Tenor Vocals]; Ivan, Simina; Jelosits, Peter; Keszei, Bori; Kobel, Benedikt; Krasteva, ...
Conductors: Thielemann, Christian
Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus

"Other opera houses can only dream of a season finale like this one. (Domingo) phrases gloriously and is intelligent enough to know where he needs...continue...
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Opera House - Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa / Järvi, Leiferkus, et al
Opera House - Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa / Järvi, Leiferkus, et al

3 CD / Decca Import / 2006-02-15

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa
Performers: Diadkova, Larissa; Gorchakova, Galina; Kotcherga, Anatoly; Larin, Sergei; Leiferkus, Sergei [Bass Vocals]; Margison, Richard; Pederson, Monte; Zednik, Heinz
Conductors: Järvi, Neeme

Betrayal, torture, execution, murder and madness are all present in Tchaikovsky's fascinating portrayal of anti-hero Mazeppa and his world, dramatically realized in Neeme Jarvi's heady...continue...
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Opera House - Weber: Oberon / Kubelik, Domingo
Opera House - Weber: Oberon / Kubelik, Domingo

2 CD / Decca Import / 2006-02-15

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Oberon, opera
Performers: Augér, Arleen [Soprano]; Domingo, Placido [Tenor Vocals]; Grobe, Donald; Hamari, Julia [Contralto Vocals]; Nilsson, Birgit [Soprano Vocal]; Prey, Hermann [Baritone Vocal]; Schiml, Marga
Conductors: Kubelik, Rafael
Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Chorus

Carl Maria von Weber's giant fantasy, with English libretto, tells the story of the king of the fairies. 'Oberon' is full of a rich variety...continue...
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Mozart: La Clemenza Di Tito / Troyanos, Tappy, Levine/VPO [DVD]
Mozart: La Clemenza Di Tito / Troyanos, Tappy, Levine/VPO [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Decca Import / 2006-01-31

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La clemenza di Tito, K 621
Performers: Gjevang, Anne; Howells, Anne; Malfitano, Catherine; Neblett, Carol; Rydl, Kurt; Tappy, Eric; Troyanos, Tatiana
Conductors: Levine, James
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Vienna State Opera Chorus

Mozart's last opera, 'La clemenza di Tito' is presented here in an historical Roman setting - another one of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's legendary productions. This DVD...continue...
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Country of Origin: USA
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Strauss: Arabella / Keilberth, et al
Strauss: Arabella / Keilberth, et al

2 CD / Decca Import / 2005-10-14

Works: Richard Strauss: Arabella, Op. 79
Performers: Carnuth, Walter; Casa, Lisa della; Ehrengut, Walter; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal]; Gunter, Horst; Hoppe, Carl; Kohn, Karl Christian; Mücke, Karl; Malaniuk, Ira; Matthes, Walther; M...
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra

"Della Casa soars above the stave with the creamiest, most beautiful sounds and constantly charms one with her swiftly alternating moods of seriousness and gaiety."...continue...
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Mahler: Symphonies 1-3 / Leonard Bernstein/Vienna PO [2 DVD]
Mahler: Symphonies 1-3 / Leonard Bernstein/Vienna PO [2 DVD]

2 DVD Video / Decca Import / 2005-10-10

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"; Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"; Symphony no 3 in D minor
Performers: Armstrong, Sheila; Baker, Janet, Dame; Ludwig, Christa
Conductors: Bernstein, Leonard
Ensemble: Edinburgh Festival Chorus; London Symphony Orchestra; Vienna Boys Choir; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Vienna State Opera Chorus

Picture Format: NTSC, Color
Country of Origin: USA
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Violetta: Arias and Duets from Verdi's
Violetta: Arias and Duets from Verdi's "La Traviata"

1 CD / Decca Import / 2005-10-06

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata
Performers: Cordella, Salvatore; Gay, Paul; Hampson, Thomas [Baritone Vocal]; Netrebko, Anna; Pilcher, Diane; Roni, Luigi [Bass Vocals]; Schneiderman, Helene; Villazon, Rolando; Wallen, Herman
Conductors: Rizzi, Carlo

"[Anna Netrebkos] voice is gloriously rich, fully accurate and expressive. - Bloomberg News...continue...
Violetta, a CD featuring Anna Netrebko, is essentially an album of highlights from La Traviata, and although the focus is rightly on her, the musical quality of all the performances and of the entire ...continue...
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Verdi: Falstaff / Bacquier, Armstrong, Solti/Vienna Philharmonic [DVD]
Verdi: Falstaff / Bacquier, Armstrong, Solti/Vienna Philharmonic [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Decca Import / 2005-10-04

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff
Performers: Armstrong, Karan; Bacquier, Gabriel; Cold, Ulrik; Cosotti, Max Rene; Ihloff, Jutta-Renate; Lanigan, John; Lindenstrand, Sylvia; Maus, Peter; Stilwell, Richard; Szirmay, Mártha
Conductors: Solti, Sir Georg
Ensemble: Vienna Boys' Choir; Vienna Philharmonic Chorus; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Picture Format: NTSC, Color
Country of Origin: Europe
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Essential Opera
Essential Opera

2 CD / Decca Import / 2005-08-09

Works: Georges Bizet: Carmen, opera; The Pearl Fishers, opera; Giacomo Puccini: Tosca; La bohème; Gianni Schicchi, opera; Turandot; Madama Butterfly; Manon Lescaut; Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore; Rigo...
Performers: Bartoli, Cecilia; Berbié, Jane; Caballé, Montserrat [Soprano Vocals]; Carreras, José [Tenor Vocal]; Cross, Gregory; de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; Domingo, Placido [Tenor Vocals]...
Conductors: Solti, Georg; Karajan, Herbert v.; Bonynge, Richard; Cleva, Fausto; Patanè, Giuseppe; Maazel, Lorin; Gardelli, Lamberto; Mehta, Zubin; Chailly, Riccardo; Gavazzeni, Gianandrea; Kertész,...
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Saariaho: L'Amour De Loin / Upshaw, Finley, Groop, Salonen/Finnish National Opera [DVD]
Saariaho: L'Amour De Loin / Upshaw, Finley, Groop, Salonen/Finnish National Opera [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Decca Import / 2005-08-01

Works: Kaija Saariaho: L'amour de loin
Performers: Finley, Gerald; Groop, Monica; Upshaw, Dawn
Conductors: Salonen, Esa-Pekka
Ensemble: Finnish National Opera Chorus; Finnish National Opera Orchestra

"...Visually, [this production] is stunningly austere, with two tall spiral staircases, one at each side of the stage, and the black space in between covered...continue...
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Country of Origin: USA
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Mozart: Requiem / Janowitz, Bohm/Vienna Symphony [DVD]
Mozart: Requiem / Janowitz, Bohm/Vienna Symphony [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Decca Import / 2005-08-01

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K 626
Performers: Berry, Walter; Janowitz, Gundula; Ludwig, Christa; Schreier, Peter
Conductors: Böhm, Karl
Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus; Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Picture Format: NTSC, Color
Country of Origin: USA
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Verdi: Rigoletto / Kubelik, Scotto, Fischer-Dieskau
Verdi: Rigoletto / Kubelik, Scotto, Fischer-Dieskau

2 CD / Decca Import / 2005-05-04

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto
Performers: Alda, Catarina; Bergonzi, Carlo; Bergonzi, Carlo [Tenor Vocals]; Carbonari, Virgilio; Cossotto, Fiorenza; de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; Fiorentini, Mirella; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal...
Conductors: Kubelik, Rafael
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus

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Kubelik is a conductor in Fricsay's class as his support for Fischer-Dieskau's Rigoletto reveals. Fischer-Dieskau once more reaches to a character's soul
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Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda / Sutherland, Pavarotti
Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda / Sutherland, Pavarotti

3 CD / Decca Import / 2004-09-14

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda, opera; Norma, opera; I Puritani, opera; La sonnambula, opera
Performers: Capecchi, Renato; Corena, Fernando; Cross, Richard; Duval, Pierre; Elkins, Margreta; Flagello, Ezio [Bass Vocals]; Monti, Nicola; Opthof, Cornelis; Pavarotti, Luciano; Sutherland, Joan, Dame [Soprano...
Conductors: Bonynge, Richard
Ensemble: Ambrosian Chorus; Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus; Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra; London Symphony Chorus
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Verdi: Il Trovatore / Mercurio, Bocelli, Villarroel, et al
Verdi: Il Trovatore / Mercurio, Bocelli, Villarroel, et al

2 CD / Decca Import / 2004-06-15

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore
Performers: Bocelli, Andrea; Bonaffini, Salvatore; Calderone, Maria Grazia; Guelfi, Carlo; Sciuto, Barbaro; Todaro, Salvatore; Villarroel, Veronica; Zaremba, Elena
Conductors: Mercurio, Steven
Ensemble: Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Opera Chorus

Following his first two opera recordings, 'La Boheme' and 'Tosca', Andrea Bocelli has now recorded his first complete opera by Verdi, one of the most...continue...
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Mahler: Symphony no 3, Bach Suite / Chailly, Concertgebouw
Mahler: Symphony no 3, Bach Suite / Chailly, Concertgebouw

2 CD / Decca Import / 2004-05-11

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 3 in D minor; Suite aus den Orchestrawerken, for orchestra, harpsichord & organ (after J.S. Bach)
Performers: Damrow, Fritz; De Man, Annelie; Lang, Petra; Meylemans, Ivan; Ram, Richard; Verhey, Paul
Conductors: Chailly, Riccardo
Ensemble: Netherlands Children's Choir; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

The newest release in the acclaimed cycle of Mahler symphonies from Riccardo Chailly and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam. Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 3 includes...continue...
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Trio - Massenet: Esclarmonde / Bonynge, Sutherland, Aragall
Trio - Massenet: Esclarmonde / Bonynge, Sutherland, Aragall

3 CD / Decca Import / 2004-03-01

Works: Jules Massenet: Esclarmonde, opera in 4 acts
Performers: Aragall, Giacomo; Clark, Graham [Tenor]; Davies, Ryland; Grant, Clifford; Lloyd, Robert [Bass Voice]; Quilico, Louis; Sutherland, Joan, Dame [Soprano vocals]; Tourangeau, Huguette
Conductors: Bonynge, Richard
Ensemble: John Alldis Choir

This next set in the Trio Series, gives up Joan Sutherland in one of her greatest and most spectacular opera roles, a real operatic rarity....continue...

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Ravel, Debussy / Boulez, Otter, Cleveland Orchestra
Ravel, Debussy / Boulez, Otter, Cleveland Orchestra

1 CD / Decca Import / 2004-03-01

Works: Maurice Ravel: Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano); Le tombeau de Couperin; Pavane pour une infante défunte; Menuet antique; Claude Debussy: Dans...
Performers: Hagley, Alison [Soprano Vocals]; von Otter, Anne Sofie; Wellbaum, Lisa
Conductors: Boulez, Pierre
Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra

Following their successful Mahler Symphony No. 3 which just won the Grammy for best orchestral performance (Boulez's 32nd!), Pierre Boulez and Anne Sofie von Otter...continue...
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Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa / Gergiev/Kirov Opera [DVD]
Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa / Gergiev/Kirov Opera [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Decca Import / 2004-02-29

Works: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa
Performers: Alexashkin, Sergei; Diadkova, Larissa; Loskutova, Irina; Putilin, Nikolai
Conductors: Gergiev, Valery
Ensemble: Kirov Theater Chorus; Kirov Theater Orchestra

Valery Gergiev directs the Kirov Opera and Ballet in this dramatic staging of Tchaikovsky's historical opera, based on Pushkin's verse tale of the legendary Cossack...continue...
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Sound Format(s): , Digitally Processed
Country of Origin: USA
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Rachmaninov: Vespers, Etc.
Rachmaninov: Vespers, Etc.

2 CD / Decca Import / 2003-09-23

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: Ave Maria; Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31
Performers: Borodina, Olga; Kornieva, Natalia; Moztowoy, Vladimir; Ranne, Alexander
Conductors: Korniev, Nikolai

In addition to his magnificent choral symphony The Bells Rachmaninov's most important contribution to choral music are his Vespers and The Divine Liturgy of St...continue...
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Purcell: Dido & Aeneas, King Arthur, Dioclesian, etc/Pinnock
Purcell: Dido & Aeneas, King Arthur, Dioclesian, etc/Pinnock

5 CD / Decca Import / 2003-09-23

Works: Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z 626; King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628; Music in "The Prophetess; Or, The History of Dioclesian" (after John Fletcher and Philip Massinger,; Timon of Athens,...
Performers: Agnew, Paul [Tenor Vocal]; Ainsley, John Mark; Alder, Stephen; Amps, Kym; Argenta, Nancy; Bannatyne-Scott, Brian; Birchall, Simon [Bass Baritone Vocals]; Chance, Michael [Counter Tenor Vocals]; David...
Conductors: Pinnock, Trevor
Ensemble: English Concert; English Concert Choir
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