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Forever - Unforgettable Songs From Vienna

Diana Damrau Audio CD

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1. Vocalise: The ninth gate (Diana Damrau/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
2. Höre ich Zigeunergeigen: Grafin Mariza (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
3. Strahlender Mond: Der Vetter aus Dingsda (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
4. Meine Lippen sie küssen so heiss: Giuditta (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
5. Lippen schweigen: Die lustige Witwe (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
6. Mein Herr Marquis: Die Fledermaus (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
7. Czárdas: Die Fledermaus (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
8. Wäre det nich wundaschen: My fair lady (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
9. I could have danced all night: My fair lady (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
10. Grünfink und Nachtigall: Sweeney Todd (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
11. Summertime: Porgy and Bess (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
12. I'm in love with a wonderful guy: South Pacific (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
13. Wishing you were somehow here again: Phantom of the opera (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
14. I feel pretty: West side story (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
15. Over the rainbow: The Wizard of Oz (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
16. All in the golden afternoon: Alice in wonderland (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
17. Ein Mensch zu sein: Arielle, die Meerjungfrau (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
18. Someday my prince will come: Snow white (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
19. Feed the birds: Mary Poppins (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
20. Walking in the air: The Snowman (Diana Damrau/David Charles Abell/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
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The soprano Diana Damrau has starred in the operas of Mozart, Verdi, Rossini, Donizetti and Strauss, but Forever is the "soundtrack of her life" in the form of much-loved numbers from operetta, musicals and the movies – including Die Fledermaus, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, The Phantom of the Opera and The Little Mermaid. "This music shows a side of me that many people don’t know yet", she says. "These tunes are great art, because they are associated with unforgettable moments in everyone’s lives".

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ERA 5099960266620; ERATO - Francia; Classica vocale

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splashing, irresistible. 11 Dec 2013
By Abert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Diana Damrau’s 2013 ‘Christmas’ offering is a splashing album on operetta, songs from movies and musicals.
Damrau treats the Johann Strauss, Lehár and Kalman with her usual aplomb – fine-grained yet expressive, agile yet lyrical, there is beautiful tone aplenty, especially in the well known (and ‘hot’) piece of Meine Lippen, Sie Küssen So Heiss, a piece exemplarily sung by Damrau. Her Fledermaus piece Mein Herr Marquis is characterfully rendered, with slyness and charm vividly depicted by her impeccable coloratura: her coloraturas are expressions themselves. The only quibble is the the Merry Widow duet, in which Villazón’s singing sounds hard and brittle .
Damrau also sings mid-20th century Broadway repertoire in English and in German. Her My Fair Lady, sung in German, is particularly effective, improvished with a squeak. The Andrew Lloyd Webber aria from Phantom of the Opera is perhaps the most musical rendition it has ever received.
Damrau’s superlative vocal technique is in great display even in these non-operatic pieces as she scales from the highest coloratura tessitura to the outright low chest register without any break.
David Charles Abell conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in top-notch sound.
The album’s best is the first and the last, a pair of Vocalises by film writers Wojciech Kilar and Frédéric Chaslin. The voice is free and soaring in these two wordless songs, and given equally stunning expressivity by Damrau.
A real gift for Christmas, just as the soprano dedicates this album to her husband and two kids.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 20 Jan 2014
By CRAIG BARRON - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Diana Damrau is one of the top sopranos in the world today. She sings in both German and English on this CD. Her luminous voice makes classics such as "I could've danced all night" and " I feel pretty" seem fresh and new. When she sings in english her accent barely registers and her crystalline diction makes the songs soar.
7 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Opera Singer attemps Broadway and Hollywood 30 Dec 2013
By Chris from Lafayette - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
(Note - this post originally appeared on the AudioAsylum site on 2013 12 23 - it has been updated for this Amazon post)

Diana Damrau, as far as I can tell, has gotten a lot of good press. I haven't heard that much of her singing, but I've been far from dazzled with what I have heard (although I do give her full marks for attempting the complete Brentano Lieder, Op. 68, on her Strauss album with Thielemann - just impossible for just one singer to do justice to the wildly divergent demands of the songs in that set!).

Anyway, to the recording at hand, these performances fit perfectly in my graveyard of opera singers who think they can tackle the American pop and/or jazz idiom. These interpretations sound like an unholy alliance of Elizabeth Schwarzkopf (God rest her soul!) and Ute Lemper! I mean, this woman just cannot leave stuff alone - she's always got to be interpreting, coloring, nuancing. Just sing the notes, lady!

She evidently considers herself some kind of operatic Meryl Streep too, because she's not satisfied just to sing "I feel pretty", but she has to go for the Puerto Rican accent too. Big mistake! I kept trying to figure out why she was singing, "I feel chumming", and it wasn't until the third or fourth repetition that I realized she was trying to sing the word, "CHARMING". Give me a break!

The fetching naïveté and innocence required for "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is replaced by Damrau's all-too-knowing fracturing of the line into dozens of little "look at what I can do with this word!" interpretive points and over-enunciations (although I admit that over-enunciation is sometimes considered part of the Broadway style - but this isn't a Broadway song).

My wife also mentioned that there's an outsized/oversized rawness to her approach that further undermines the simplicity of so many of the songs on this album. In addition, she was certainly ill-advised to conclude her rendition of "Wouldn't It be Loverly" (auf deutsch BTW, where "loverly" becomes German dialect "wundascheen", etc.) with a little squeal that, for me, ranks high among wince-inducing moments on recording.

Adding to the disaster of it all, this album was not available on Spotify for me to preview, so I had to download it. I figured, what the heck, I'll download the hi-rez 24/96 version from another site. That was a big mistake - or at least a $25 mistake - given the performances. If you're interested, there are signals that go above the 40kHz range, but there are also some noise bands and some uncorrelated noise up in the frequencies at 20kHz and above. (BTW, my wife just found out about the cost of the download, and exclaimed, "You didn't!! - $25 is a lot of money!")

To sum up, this album has value (for me anyway) only as a party record (not even, says my wife!), or as a "don't let this happen to you" cautionary tale for singers!
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