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Diana Damrau - Arie di Bravura (Mozart, Salieri,

Classical album by Antonio Salieri, Diana Damrau, Jeremie Rhorer, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, Vincenzo Righini, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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The Best Thing about This Recital ...

  • Jan 25, 2010
... is soprano Diana Damrau's eagerness to champion neglected repertoires, in this case the operas of the unfairly maligned Antonio Salieri and the utterly forgotten Vincenzo Righini, both of whom were contemporaries and rivals of WA Mozart. Righini and Mozart were both born in 1756. Judging by the arias on this CD, especially the two from Righini's "Il Natal d'Apollo", much of the rococo bravura that "we" associate with Mozart was in fact the common musical idiom of Italian and Austrian composers of the era. Rather than queuing up for the regulation biennial stagings of Magic Flute and Marriage of Figaro, wouldn't opera fans be thrilled at least to have an opportunity to hear rococo opera as Mozart's own singers heard it, as "something new"? Diana Damrau apparently has the 'star appeal' to draw European audiences to bold productions; she sang the title role of Salieri's "L'Europa riconsciuta" at La Scala in 2004. Her remarkable vocal agility and supersonic coloratura range cannot be ignored.

However, the worst thing about this recital is that Damrau's singing isn't very pleasant to hear. She's often quite shrill where she ought to be cerulean clear. Her tuning is shockingly undependable throughout her range. Her highest notes have a strained timbre that doesn't emerge convincingly from her normal range. Her vibrato is out-of-control, a trick of emotional projection rather than an ornament of phrasing. There's a hoary sentiment among aspiring sopranos, confronting the two arias of Mozart's Queen of the Night, the epitome of the coloratura repertoire, that "just to be able to sing them at all" should be regarded as miraculous, but that to sing them well is the divine right of only the greatest divas. Diana Damrau's performance on this CD might qualify as miraculous, but it's far short of divine.

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review by . August 28, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Diana Damrau knocks each and every one of these arias and recitatives out of the ball park. She is truly a force in the world of opera and remains among the greatest sopranos of her generation and of all time. Her vocal dynamism, range, and control are utterly breath-taking. This album is a wonderful collection of beautiful music performed brilliantly by a truly great artist. 
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Label: Virgin Classics
Genre: Classical
Release Date: November 6, 2007
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