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Olivier Messiaen - Complete Edition
Olivier Messiaen - Complete Edition

32 CD / Decca Import / 2013-07-08

Works: Olivier Messiaen: Preludes (8) for piano, I/2; La Fauvette des jardins, for piano, I/50; Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (6), for piano, I/54; Études de rhythme (4), for piano solo, I/32-35; Cant...
Performers: Aimard, Pierre-Laurent; Aler, John [Tenor Vocal]; Argerich, Martha [Piano]; Banlaky, Akos; Barenboim, Daniel [Conductor, Piano]; Barker, Noelle; Cantin, Catherine; Collerette, Hélène; C...
Conductors: Chung, Myung-Whun; Nagano, Kent; Boulez, Pierre; ; Kreder, Jean-Paul; Davis, Andrew; Chailly, Riccardo; Rickenbacher, Karl Anton
Ensemble: ; Members of the Ensemble Le Madrigal (Members); Sextuor Jeanne Loriod

The 2008 Messiaen celebrations come to an overwhelming climax with this superb 32-CD set of his complete works. This limited edition set from Deutsche Grammophon...continue...
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Lullabies
Lullabies

1 CD / Decca Import / 2013-06-21

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II (BWV 870-893); Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147; Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7; Johannes...
Performers: Ellis, Nicholas; Finch, Catrin; Gomes, Natalia; Griffiths, Gary [Baritone Vocal]; Harwood-White, Rachel [Oboe]; Jones, Aled; Lloyd Webber, Julian; Marshall, Eliza [Flute]; Royal, Kate; Rump, Bryony; ...

BBC Music Magazine, October 2013
A generous collection...performed with glowing enchantment by Finch.
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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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Hildegard
Hildegard

1 CD / Decca Import / 2012-10-01

Works: Hildegard von Bingen: Caritas abundat in omnia; O virtus Sapientiae, antiphon; O beata infantia, antiphon for St Disibod; Nunc gaudeant materna viscera; O successores fortissimi leonis; O quam pretio...
Performers: Brun, Emily [Vocals]; Couper, Victoria; Ellis, Vivien; Franks, Clemmie [Vocals]; Levy, Emily; Sigsworth, Guy; West, Jocelyn; Wishart, Stevie
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Glorious
Glorious

1 CD / Decca Import / 2012-05-28

Works: Hubert Parry: Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra); Steven Baker: Sanctus, for voice, chorus & orchestra (after Elgar's Nimrod); Walter Kent: The White ...
Performers: Baker, Steven; Jean-Marie, Lincoln; Karlsson, Fridrik "Frizzy"; Lawson, Geoff; Stewart, Noah [Tenor Vocal]; Wright, Laura
Conductors: Hein, Richard

One of many classical crossover releases designed to capitalize on the patriotic spirit that's swept the U.K. in 2012, Suffolk soprano Laura Wright's second solo album, Glorious, has a stronger pedigr...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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Puccini: La Bohème
Puccini: La Bohème

2 CD / Decca Import / 2010-08-16

Works: Giacomo Puccini: La bohème
Performers: Carreras, José [Tenor Vocal]; Lloyd, Robert [Bass Voice]; Wixell, Ingvar
Conductors: Davis, Colin

BBC Music Magazine
Not Davis's normal repertoire, but he conducts a lively, detailed, idiomatic performance of this masterpiece, and has strong soloists. Carreras was then at...continue...
Recording information: London (02/1979)....continue...
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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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Alma Mater: Music from the Vatican [Book, CD & DVD]
Alma Mater: Music from the Vatican [Book, CD & DVD]

2 CD / Decca Import / 2009-11-23

Works: Stefano Mainetti: Sancta Dei Genitrix (Holy Mother of God), for recitation, chorus & orchestra; Mater Ecclesiae (Mother of the Church), for recitation, chorus & orchestra; Auxilium Christianorum (Mar...
Performers: Sannino, Yasemin; XVI, Pope Benedict
Conductors: Firman, David

Alma Mater is a highly emotional collection of eight original pieces of modern classical music. This release marks the first time the voice of Pope...continue...
Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London, England; Cappella del Coro, St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy....continue...
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Ryba: 3 Pastorellas; Czech Christmas Mass
Ryba: 3 Pastorellas; Czech Christmas Mass

1 CD / Decca Import / 2009-10-01

Works: Jakub Jan Ryba: Rozmily slavícku, pastorella for soprano, flute, organ & orchestra; Libou písnicku (A Charming Little Song); Jak Mile Rozkosne, pastoral for voice; Czech Christmas Mass in D...
Performers: Brezina, Jaroslav; Eibenova, Gabriell; Kozena, Magdalena; Pospisil, Michael
Conductors: Hugo, Robert
Ensemble: Capella Regia Musicalis

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Boasting a directness and harmonic simplicity in which can be glimpsed echoes of Haydn and Mozart, it is delivered here by Magdalena Kozená and...continue...
Recording information: Church of Our Lady of the Convent Kladruby (09/1998)....continue...
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Verdi: Nabucco
Verdi: Nabucco

2 CD / Decca Import / 2009-07-27

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco
Performers: Carral, Dora; Cava, Carlo; D'Auria, Anna; Foiani, Giovanni; Gobbi, Tito; Krautler, Walter; Prevedi, Bruno; Suliotis, Elena
Conductors: Gardelli, Lamberto
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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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Heritage Masters - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore, / Güden, di Stefano, Corena
Heritage Masters - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore, / Güden, di Stefano, Corena

2 CD / Decca Import / 2009-07-06

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore, opera
Performers: Capecchi, Renato; Corena, Fernando; Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; Gueden, Hilde [Soprano Vocal]; Mandelli, Luisa
Conductors: Molinari-Pradelli, France

BBC Music Magazine
Hilde Gueden's Adina is properly coy and sweetly sung, Giuseppe di Stefano an affecting Nemorino, but Fernando Corena's Dulcamara steals the show.
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Gioachino Rossini: La Donna del Lago / Riccardo Muti
Gioachino Rossini: La Donna del Lago / Riccardo Muti

2 CD / Decca Import / 2009-06-01

Works: Gioachino Rossini: La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), opera
Performers: Anderson, June [Soprano Vocal]; Blake, Rockwell; Dupuy, Martine; Gavazzi, Ernesto; Laurenzia, Marilena; Poggi, Ferrero; Surjan, Giorgio [Bass Vocals]; Vocal], Chris Merritt [Tenor
Conductors: Muti, Riccardo
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R. Strauss: Capriccio / Kiri Te Kanawa; Ulf Schirmer
R. Strauss: Capriccio / Kiri Te Kanawa; Ulf Schirmer

2 CD / Decca Import / 2009-06-01

Works: Richard Strauss: Capriccio, Op.85
Performers: Bär, Olaf; Hagegård, Håkan [Baritone Vocals]; Halem, Victor von; Heilmann, Uwe; Herzer, Wolfgang; Hollweg, Werner [Tenor Vocal]; Schneider, Jörg; Te Kanawa, Kiri, Dame [Soprano ...
Conductors: Schirmer, Ulf
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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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Joseph Haydn: Die Schöpfung
Joseph Haydn: Die Schöpfung

2 CD / Decca Import / 2009-01-05

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H. 21/2
Performers: Doese, Helena; Hollweg, Werner [Tenor Vocal]; Luxon, Benjamin [Baritone Vocal]; Moll, Kurt; Popp, Lucia [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Dorati, Antal

BBC Music Magazine
The soloists might be 'heavyweight' in more senses than one (some of the recits are 'Old Testament' in their portentousness), but Dorati's joy...continue...
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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

Penguin Guide
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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Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte (Complete)
Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte (Complete)

3 CD / Decca Import / 2008-09-02

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte, K 588
Performers: Bacquier, Gabriel; Berbié, Jane; Berganza, Teresa [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Davies, Ryland; Krause, Tom; Lorengar, Pilar [Lyric soprano]; Tate, Jeffrey [Conductor]
Conductors: Solti, Georg
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
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DECI 4757033
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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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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Daniela Dessì sings Verdi
Daniela Dessì sings Verdi

1 CD / Decca Import / 2008-02-19

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Ernani; Macbeth; Il corsaro; Il Trovatore; I vespri siciliani; Un ballo in maschera; La forza del destino; Don Carlos; Aida, opera
Performers: Armiliato, Fabio; Dessi, Daniela [Soprano Vocal]; Tramonti, Tizana
Conductors: Mercurio, Steven
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Giuseppe Verdi: Otello
Giuseppe Verdi: Otello

2 CD / Decca Import / 2008-02-04

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Otello
Performers: Arbace, Libero; Cesarini, Athos; Corena, Fernando; Del Monaco, Mario; Krause, Tom; Protti, Aldo [Baritone Vocals]; Romanato, Nello; Satre, Ana Raquel; Tebaldi, Renata [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.
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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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Ti Adoro
Ti Adoro

1 CD / Decca Import / 2007-09-06

Works: Romano Musumarra: Il canto; Roberto Bonaventura / Carlo Mioli / Veris Giannetti: Neapolis; Ornella D'Urbano / Michele Centonze / Luisella Giannettoni: Starai con me; Michele Centonze / Robin Smith: T...
Performers: Bartoli, Alberto; Beck, Jeff; Bonaviri, Daniele; Brown, Kameron; Centonze, Michele; Cortesi, Manuela "Manù"; Fabbri, Giorgio "Cartolo"; Giannetti, Veris "Pecos"; Griminelli, Andrea; Jaimes, Ma...
Conductors: Musumarra, Romano; Chiaramello, Giancarlo; Mathes, Rob; Nanni, Stefano "Tellus"; Whitaker, David

It seems that the reports of Luciano Pavarotti's professional demise were premature. To the contrary, TI ADORO, his first solo studio album in 15 years, emphatically proclaims that the old master has ...continue...
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DECI 4758390
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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Duets
Duets

1 CD / Decca Import / 2007-02-22

Works: Giacomo Puccini: La bohème; Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor; Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto; Charles Gounod: Roméo et Juliette, opera; Georges Bizet: The Pearl Fishers, opera; Jules M...
Performers: Luisotti, Nicola; Netrebko, Anna; Villazón, Rolando; Weissmann, Nadine
Conductors: Luisotti, Nicola

Released in 2007, Duets is a collaborative album from Mexican-born tenor Rolando Villazon and Russian soprano Anna Netrebko. Backed by the Staatskapelle Dresden, the eight-track collection features pe...continue...
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Tenor
Tenor

1 CD / Decca Import / 2007-01-18

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto; Un giorno di regno (Il finto Stanislao); Missa Solenne (Messa di Gloria); Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, opera; Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore, opera; La fille du r...
Performers: Basrak, Karen; Binelli, Daniel; Bruton, Laura; Ciapponi, Raffaella; Clay, William; CollinsBray, Shields; Decosta, Adriana Voirin; Flórez, Juan Diego; Gálvez, David; Mijalovic, Nikola; S...
Conductors: Rizzi, Carlo; Frizza, Riccardo; Harth Bedoya, Miguel; Chailly, Riccardo; Rousset, Christophe

UK-only release from Peru's finest vocalist, the obvious successor to Luciano Pavorotti's throne. Although comparisons to Pavorotti are warranted, Florez' main inspiration is Spanish tenor...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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Mozart: Requiem / Thielemann, et al
Mozart: Requiem / Thielemann, et al

1 CD / Decca Import / 2006-10-02

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K 626
Performers: Braun, Lioba; Davislim, Steve; Rubens, Sibylla; Winklhofer, Friedemann; Zeppenfeld, Georg
Conductors: Thielemann, Christian
Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Chorus

"Maestro Thielemann presides over one of the most exciting, emotionally committed Mozart recordings to have appeared in quite some time. It is a grand performance,...continue...
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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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Waxman: Joshua / Sedares, Prague Philharmonic
Waxman: Joshua / Sedares, Prague Philharmonic

1 CD / Decca Import / 2006-07-03

Works: Franz Waxman: Joshua, oratorio for voice, narrator, choir & orchestra
Performers: Buchi, Peter; Gilfrey, Rodney; Hallenberg, Ann; Poole, Patrick
Conductors: Sedares, James

'Joshua' is the world-premiere recording of a dramatic oratorio based on the biblical figure by Academy Award winning Franz Waxman. Waxman belongs to a group...continue...
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Janácek: Kát'a Kabanová, etc / Mackerras, Söderström, et al
Janácek: Kát'a Kabanová, etc / Mackerras, Söderström, et al

2 CD / Decca Import / 2006-06-13

Works: Leos Janácek: Káta Kabanová, opera, JW 1/8; Capriccio for piano (left hand), flute & brass ensemble ("Vzdor," "Defiance"), JW 7/12; Concertino for piano, 2 violins, viola, clarin...
Performers: Crossley, Paul [Piano]; Drechsler, Hedwig; Dvorsky, Peter; Jahn, Gertrude; Jedlicka, Dalibor; Kniplova, Nadezda; Krejcik, Vladimir; Marova, Libuse; Pavlova, Jitka; Söderström, Elisabeth; So...
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles; Atherton, David
Ensemble: London Sinfonietta members; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

"...Charles Mackerras's long knowledge of the score has flowered into the richest account of it he has yet given... he draws wonderful playing from the...continue...
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Puccini: Tosca / Karajan, Price, Vienna PO
Puccini: Tosca / Karajan, Price, Vienna PO

2 CD / Decca Import / 2006-05-15

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Tosca
Performers: Cava, Carlo; Corena, Fernando; de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; Mariotti, Alfredo; Monreale, Leonardo; Price, Leontyne; Taddei, Giuseppe; Weiss, Herbert
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.
Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus

"Price and Stefano are wonderfully rich-voiced and passionate, Taddei a hellishly charismatic Scarpia with Karajan balancing detail and drama superbly." -Gramophone Magazine...continue...
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Essential Choral Classics
Essential Choral Classics

2 CD / Decca Import / 2006-04-10

Works: Carl Orff: Carmina burana; George Frederick Handel: Coronation Anthem; Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio; Gregorio Allegri: Miserere; Felix Mendelssohn: Hear my prayer; Elijah, Op. 70; César Franck: P...
Performers: Brown, Wilfred; Burrowes, Norma; Freni, Mirella [Soprano Vocals]; Goodman, Roy [Conductor]; Harper, Heather; Hussain, Alastair; Kollo, René [Tenor Vocal]; Krause, Tom; Minton, Yvonne [Soprano ...
Conductors: Dutoit, Charles; Willcocks, David; Daniel, Paul; Cleobury, Stephen; Gandolfi, Romano; Ottley, Jerold D.; Britten, Benjamin; Solti, Georg; Preston, Simon; Marriner, Sir Neville; Guest, George; Haitink...
Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus; Cambridge University Music Society; Chicago Symphony Chorus; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chr...

This 2-CD set Includes more than 21/2 hours of the greatest 'hits' of the chorus. Performances are by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Kings College Choir...continue...
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Odyssey [UK]
Odyssey [UK]

1 CD / Decca Import / 2006-04-10

Works: Enya: May It Be (for the film Lord of the Rings; American Traditional: The Water Is Wide (after O Waly, Waly); Andrea Sandri: Dell'amore non si sa; George Frederick Handel: Rinaldo; Rolf Lovland: Pra...
Performers: Bocelli, Andrea; Bould, Miles; Chamberlain, Simon; Christie, Rupert; Clarvis, Raul; Cole, Helen; Furey, Finbar; Hinnegan, Tony; Jiear, Alison; Kenyon, Carol; Mariotti, Davis; McIntosh, Robbie; McKenn...
Conductors: Brett, James; Ingman, Nick; Malavasi, Mauro; Hawes, Patrick; Hussey, Stephen
Ensemble: ; Ensemble of Bologna

The young singer's sophomore album "Odyssey" has been re-outfitted with different cover art and three previously unreleased recordings for this issue: "The Water Is Wide",...continue...
Personnel: Hayley Westenra (vocals, piano); Mae McKenna, Alison Jiear, Andrea Bocelli, Carol Kenyon (vocals); Robbie McIntosh (guitar); Angie Passarella (acoustic guitar); Francois Rive (cello); Davi...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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The Anthems Album
The Anthems Album

1 CD / Decca Import / 2006-03-03

Works: Unspecified: European Anthem; Anonymous, Austrian: Land der Berge, Land am Strome (National Anthem, Austria); François Van Campenhout: La Brabançonne (National Anthem, Belgium); Nicolaos Ma...
Performers: Araiza, Francisco [Tenor Vocals]; Berry, Walter; Domingo, Placido [Tenor Vocals]; Hornik, Gottfried; Janowitz, Gundula [Soprano vocals]; Kmentt, Waldemar; Zednik, Heinz
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert von

Personnel: Heinz Zednik, Francisco Araiza (vocals); Gundula Janowitz (soprano); Waldemar Kmentt, Plácido Domingo (tenor); Walter Berry (bass voice).

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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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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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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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The Art of Peter Hurford
The Art of Peter Hurford

2 CD / Decca Import / 2005-08-09

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582; Fugue for organ in G major, BWV 577 (BC J61); Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731; Prelude and Fugue for Organ in G major, BWV 541;...
Performers: Bennett, William [Flute]; Black, Neil; Hurford, Peter; Kracht, Johan; Pollard, Brian; Rubingh, Henk; Singers, Alban; Straesser, Wim; Trotter, Thomas; Urquhart, Margaret
Conductors: ; Rifkin, Joshua
Ensemble: Michael Laird Brass Ensemble; Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra

A virtuoso recitalist, Peter Hurford won wide acclaim and his influence on organ design and his performance has been significant. This 2-CD set provides a...continue...
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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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