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  • Audio CD (2 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • ASIN: B002M8YLGC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1. Roméo et Juliette: Je Veux Vivre
2. Rigoletto: Gualtier Malde...Caro nome
3. Ariadne auf Naxos, Zerbinetta: Großmächtige Prinzessin...
4. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Una Voce Poco fa
5. The Rakes Progress: Silently night...I go to him
6. Gianni Schicchi; O mio Babbino Caro
7. Un Ballo in Maschera: Volta la terrea
8. Un Ballo in Maschera: Saper Vorreste
9. Linda di Chamounix: O luce di quest amina
10. Hamlet: A vos jeux, mes amis...
11. Candide: Glitter and be Gay

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After two Virgin Classics recitals of 18th-century repertoire, this new collection from German soprano Diana Damrau moves forward to the 19th and 20th centuries, with repertoire ranging from Nicolai and Rossini to Stravinsky and Bernstein, from comedy to tragedy and covering four languages: German, Italian, French and English.

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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Milan fog on 21 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Having seen Diana Damrau on a number of occasions, and having bought some of her other discs, I was interested in her new Coloraturas - this rather banal collection of great arias - I was particularly interested in her "interpretation" of Zerbinetta and Linda. While Virgin Classics has some wonderful signers - Joyce di Donato, Philippe Jaroussky, just to name two and produces good texts and booklets, I fear for the future of their producers for this CD is really one of the worst I have ever purchased. Damrau had a very bad series of days when recording this - she is off pitch and repeatedly breathless, and takes shameful and vulgar liberties with tempi. Diction is pretty dreadful and squalking high notes are juxtaposed with awful chest noises and sloppy coloratura. If anybody wants a great coluratura album, I would without doubt suggest instead Luba Organosova's Naxos disk which is cheaper, and much more exciting - and Damrau is much better represented in her other efforts. Such a shame that a good singer was probably constricted to record this dreadful album and that Wilhelm Meister (Producer) did not shelf this entirely.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Knurzurz on 9 Dec. 2009
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When you look at the tracklist you might feel a little bit confused as there are arias from many different composers in many different languages (Frenach, German, Italian, English), so where's the point, what's the central theme of this recording (especially as not all the arias are coloratura arias)?
But when you listen to the brilliantly sung arias it feels homogenenous and highly enjoyable. It just fits. Especially Damrau's interpretation of Verdi, Gounod and (most of all) Bernstein are simply great. Expectations for the aria from Bernstein's Candide were really high after she performed it more than 3 years ago at Munich's Olympic stadium on the concert before the football world cup started - and she matches her performance on this record. Would love to see her performing it on stage.
I can just recommend buying this cd.
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Great CD. Bright, energetic, a nice range of selections - hugely enjoyable. A classical singer with soul and personality, which too many others lack.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Woman on the Verge.. 14 Jan. 2010
By David Cady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There's nothing standard about "COLORaturaS," soprano Diana Damrau's stunning new recital disc of opera "standards." As many have noted, Damrau is the total operatic package; a seriously gifted singer with an Actors Studio understanding of how to create character. Another reviewer here noted that he preferred Joan Sutherland's version of Verdi's "Caro Nome." Well, perhaps Sutherland "sang" it better (and that's open to debate), but she certainly didn't capture Gilda's budding sexuality or her cautious thrill that perhaps this man, whose name she says as a kind of prayer, will be the one to free her from both her actual and emotional prisons. It's all there in Damrau's thoughtful, heartfelt rendition. Other tracks are just as complex and revelatory. This is the first time I've heard "Je Veux Vivre" and believed that the singer was a breathless, overwhelmed 13 year old; Damrau's Zerbinetta is wise, playful, practical and world weary...all at the same time; her Lauretta seems to be manipulating Gianni Schicchi as much as appealing to his paternal instincts. And I have never heard a funnier "Glitter and Be Gay." Damrau finds the perfect balance between parody and homage, and still manages to provide insight into Cunegonde's hilariously conflicted psyche. If the way I'm describing the performances sounds in any way academic or studied, rest assured that Damrau does all of the above without ever sacrificing the music itself. The singing is joyous, passionate and technically breathtaking. At every step of the way she is more than admirably supported by Dan Ettinger and the Munich Radio Orchestra.

If I have any quibble with Damrau, it's that her diction is at times a little too pronounced; hard consonants a little too hard, every "r" a little too rolled. Even Bartoli doesn't always sing with such music school precision. Ultimately, though, it's a very minor reservation.

For anyone invested in the future (and present, for that matter) of opera, "COLORaturaS" will be very, very welcome.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Damrau is wonderful as ever in her interpretations. However.... 15 Jan. 2010
By A. F. S. Mui - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Apart from being able to just 'sing in a decent manner', German soprano Diana Damrau is a peerless vocal actress.
She is also one of the of the foremost coloratura sopranos in this era (the other being the great Italian coloratura Mariella Devia).
This album showcases Herr Damrau's pyrotechnic, as well as her ability of characterisation.
Having said that, the great pleasure that Damrau's voice carries in the earlier years is regrettably lost to a considerable extent lately, as evident in this latest release of hers. Her ability to express is cut down by the limitations in her voice, and most of the time she is being forced to employ heavy-handed pushes to her voice in order to express what's in the score, some thing that she would not have to resort to in her early years when she possessed a much fuller voice.
This phenomenon is gradually becoming apparent with her recent recordings (after she has signed up Virgin Classics). The sweetness of the timbre has been worn down considerably with strenuous roles that would wreck the greatest of voices.
Damrau has adamantly refused to take on such strenuous roles like the Queen of Night again. A very wise decision that should have made even earlier, judging from what has come to pass.
My only wish is that the voice of this wonderful artist will soon recover fully.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Not bad on repeated listenings. 2 Feb. 2010
By Abert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have been listening to this latest CD by Diana Damrau for quite a while.
No - this one isn't vocal low camp. By comparison, Damrau's coloratura is about the current best in sopranos.
What I tend to agree is that since joining Virgin Classics, Damrau's albums fail to sustain the high quality of her earlier live recordings available in Orfeo or others.
Even so, if you concentrate on the music on the tracks, you would soon realise that Damrau has some thing different to say in each, and her characterisations are about the best in current singers (male and female included).
Her timbre may not be the most beautiful - like the later Callas, people do not simply listen for the timbre; they listen for the music, for the expression, for the joy and pathos...
I am not familiar with the Rake of Progress, and cannot comment on that one. As for other more familiar tracks, I would say that her Oscar is sterling, her Gilda affecting, her Juliet vulnerable, her Linda charming, her Zerbinetta original. Crowning all these, the aria from Bernstein's Candide, the best ever on record.
I have grown rather sick and tired with 'beautiful nonsenses' in opera these days, and would go to any length to dig back the 'good old days' when operatic singers put their characters in the forefront.
Damrau does not feign bel canto - she puts characterisation first and in the foremost. If that's not 'pleasing' enough to some connoisseur's ears, so be it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very Enjoyable 27 May 2011
By MikelMask - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording by Diana Damrau is very enjoyable. She has selected a number of selections which are not often performed (the only exception is Puccini's "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi; why does every soprano seem to thinks that she has to record this piece?) which makes the recoding all the more interesting. However, I gave this performance only four stars because a number of these selections have been recorded by Natalie Dessay whose voice I think better suits the music. This is especially true in comparing this performance of Strauss' Großmächtige Prinzessin with that of Ms. Dessay's in Strauss: Amor - Opera Scenes & Lieder. Nevertheless, this is a recoding very much having. Ms. Damrau has a gorgeous voice and listening to her is time well spent.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By R. Olsavicky - Published on Amazon.com
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The opera audiences of the world now have two incredibly gifted coloratura sopranoes who are also gifted actresses that know how to use text and music as instruments of communication. I am referring to Diana Damrau and Natalie Dessay. They have learned their lessons well from both Maria Callas and Beverly Sills; two Superstars of making the text come alive and making us the audience believe in the Opera Experience as heighten DRAMA! These four mentioned ladies truly make us believe they are living and experiencing the moment. Miss Damrau may make musical choices that are sometimes different than we are used to; sometimes in tempi, phrasing and articulation. However, these choices are taken to convey her very personal interpretations. Both Damrau and Dessay use all their skills and talents to make the moment appear to be truly real. It is a pleasure to listen to what they have to say and how they say it. Singing is basically extended speech on pitches. We, the audience, need to hear and understand the words. Miss Damrau is in very good voice and has given us a truly varied program. We hear: Gounod, Verdi, Strauss, Rossini, Stravinsky, Donizetti, Puccini and even Bernstein. English, Italian, German and French give her no problems. To sum it up a knock out voice that truly communicates every note and syllable, DON'T MISS THIS EXCITING VOICE AND ARTIST!! I do have to agree with my fellow reviewers that there is some loss of bloom to the voice and a bit of pushing for some of the very highest notes. Perhaps, too many Zerbinettas as well as Queen of the nights. Let us hope this is only temporary.
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