Anna Netrebko – Verismo (2016/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Anna Netrebko – Verismo (2016/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:53 minutes | 1,30 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Soprano Anna Netrebko is a major box-office draw on both sides of the Atlantic, but her catalog has been short on the aria-selections albums that remain the way most buyers listen to recorded opera. This collection of verismo (“realism”) Italian arias goes a long way toward filling the hole. It’s actually a bit out in front of her repertoire, which has focused on Verdi, and before that Mozart, but as her voice has darkened she has announced plans to add some of the roles represented here to her repertoire. From what’s heard on the album, the prospects seem very good for a career phase that will elevate Netrebko’s star even higher than it already is. You can sample the aria “In questa reggia” from Turandot to assure yourself of Netrebko’s confidence in hitting the high notes, and hear one of several fine duet passages with the singer’s tenor husband, Yusif Eyvazov. But also take time to explore the big hits, like “Un bel dì vedremo,” from Madama Butterfly, where Netrebko seems to approach the music as if for the first time, and also some of the arias by some of the one-hit wonders of the verismo genre. With capable accompaniment from the Coro e orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano, this is a major Netrebko release and a definitive verismo collection.

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Anna Netrebko – Verdi (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Anna Netrebko – Verdi (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 57:15 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Already one of the most anticipated classical albums of 2013, this sumptuous, all-Verdi programme is Anna’s heartfelt birthday tribute to the master of Italian grand opera, with selections from Il Trovatore, Macbeth, I vespri siciliani, Don Carlo and Giovanna d’arco. This is music of emotion, power and extraordinary drama – personally selected and performed by the best-selling soprano of the 21st century.

2013 marks Anna’s ten years as a solo performer, and ten years with Deutsche Grammophon. Netrebko lays claim to the tragic repertoire of Italian grand opera: A decade on from the award-winning Opera Arias, Anna reunites with specialist Verdi conductor Gianandrea Noseda to continue this extraordinary musical journey.

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Anna Netrebko – Sempre libera (2004) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Anna Netrebko – Sempre libera (2004)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:08:57 minutes | 1,19 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

On this stunning album, Anna Netrebko delivers spine-tingling renditions of arias by four of the greatest composers of Italian opera: Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini. Conducted by the great Claudio Abbado, this is a true masterpiece—a must have for any fan of opera or orchestral music.

her voice is more lustrous and more substantial than before . . . she sails through the music without apparent effort, navigating these arias as if they were a calm Aegean bay. -Alex Ross, The New Yorker

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Anna Netrebko – Puccini: Manon Lescaut Live (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Anna Netrebko – Puccini: Manon Lescaut Live (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 02:07:47 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

To follow and accompany Anna Netrebkos latest and highly anticipated VERISMO release, DG presents MANON LESCAUT Live from Salzburg!

The release ties in with her upcoming performances of Manon Lescaut at the Met this November.

This outstanding concert performance of Manon Lescaut with Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov was the absolute highlight of the 2016s Salzburg Festival a moment of operatic glory, captured live for this unique release.

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Anna Netrebko – Opera Arias (2003) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Anna Netrebko – Opera Arias (2003)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:02:58 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

This remarkable vocal album, which won the prestigious Amadeus Music Award in 2003, features soprano Anna Netrbko in stunning renditions of works by Puccini, Berlioz, Mozart, Bellini, and Dvorák among others. A multiple Grammy-nominee and the first opera singer ever to be named to the TIME 100 list (Time magazine’s list of the most influential people in the world), Netrebko takes on these masterworks with startling vivacity and vocal virtuosity.

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Anna Netrebko – Amata dalle tenebre (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Anna Netrebko – Amata dalle tenebre (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:18:44 minutes | 1,46 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Anna Netrebko presents a dazzling array of iconic soprano arias by Verdi, Wagner, Strauss, Puccini, Cilea and Purcell in her first solo album in 5 years, a new recording and visual project featuring some of opera’s most powerful and moving arias.

Also available on vinyl as well as a deluxe edition, which features a Blu-ray music film about Anna Netrebko with behind the scenes footage and exclusive interviews filmed mainly at Teatro alla Scala in Milan right after the album recording, it explores Anna’s performative practices to embody different heroines and their stories. Framed by a genuine interview where Anna shares rare insights about herself, as well as the music, the film follows the four arias as they are translated to screen, each with a unique visual language and style. Aida, Lisa, Dido and Isolde come to life in a series of visual experimentations driven by powerful musical themes.

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Anna Naomi Schultsz & Gérard Wyss – Mouvements (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Anna Naomi Schultsz & Gérard Wyss – Mouvements (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:08 minutes | 1,20 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Ars Produktion

The four works that this album brings together are among the most beautiful of the French repertoire for violin. In the last decades of the 19th century, a new kind of music emerged in France that revisited French culture and tradition. For until then, the German classics and romantics had dominated the concert halls of France. Works by French composers were rarely performed. Saint-Saëns recalled in retrospect, “It was not long ago […] when […] the name of a French composer, a living one at that, was enough to scare the whole world away.” The lost Franco-Prussian War of 1870 was the impetus for a new orientation. Now the “Grande Nation” had to prove itself anew and find a new self-image. People looked back to their own traditions and wanted to revive French music. To this end, several composers founded the “Société nationale de musique”. Among the founding members were Camille Saint-Saëns, César Franck and Gabriel Fauré. Under the motto “Ars gallica,” this society was to promote and disseminate French music. It was to be music that combined German profundity with French charm and esprit.

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Anna Murtola – Fuego por dentro – The Fire Within (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Anna Murtola – Fuego por dentro – The Fire Within (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 37:34 minutes | 639 MB | Genre: World
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Alba

Anna Murtola from Oulu is known to be the northernmost flamenco singer in the world. Murtola has found her own strong voice as an interpreter of this intense Spanish tradition, but also acts as a versatile musician who performs both as a solo artist and collaborates with various musicians, dancers, artists and projects over cultural and genre ranges. Anna Murtola is a pioneer in Finnish flamenco singing education and in addition to her solo career, she has a duo with flamenco guitarist Joonas Widenius. She also performs as vocalist in world Fusion band Bajo Cero and in several smaller groups. She has performed extensively at various festivals and clubs from Pori Jazz to Provinssirock and from Oulu to Southern Italy. Murtola has graduated as a master of music from the Nordic Master of Global Music program between the Sibelius Academy and the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus. On this new release, she is accompanied by Joonas Widenius, Hannu Rantanen, and Karo Sampela.

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Anna Moffo – Anna Moffo sings Selected Arias from her RCA Opera Recordings (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Anna Moffo – Anna Moffo sings Selected Arias from her RCA Opera Recordings (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:17:54 minutes | 792 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sony Classical

One of the brightest stars in the 20th-century operatic firmament, the Pennsylvania-born soprano Anna Moffo (1932–2006) enjoyed a meteoric rise in the 1950s and 1960s that saw her conquer all the major opera houses in Europe and America. After making her Metropolitan Opera début in 1959 as Violetta in La traviata, she went on to appear with the company in 200 performances of 21 roles over a total of 18 seasons, before finally singing her last complete performance – once again as Verdi’s Violetta – and retiring from the stage in 1976. Specially released to mark the 10th anniversary of Anna Moffo’s death, Sony Classical releases for the first time, newly mastered from the original analogue tapes using 24bit/96kHz technology.

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Anna Maria Castelli – Something to Remember (2004) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Anna Maria Castelli – Something to Remember (2004)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:15 minutes | 1,10 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Fonè Records

SOMETHING TO REMEMBER was created by chance during one of the many jazz festivals spread all over the world, exactly at the Gaume Jazz Festival. On that night, 3 soloists happened to meet, sat down and went back, with their memory and heart, to the best songs which had marked significantly their artistic and human experience. The result was this record with its genuine, refined and essential songs. Instead of virtuosity and affectation we have exalted sounds, colours, timbres and above all emotions, which have been too often neglected.

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Anna Lucia Richter, Ensemble Claudiana & Luca Pianca – Il delirio della passione (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Anna Lucia Richter, Ensemble Claudiana & Luca Pianca – Il delirio della passione (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:02:23 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © PentaTone

Punctuated by the tambourines which now appear to be inevitable on all recordings of Baroque music, this “Delirio della passione” (Delirium of passion) flies the colours of eroticism, both figuratively, and literally, on the image on the cover. This recital by soprano Anna Lucia Richter, at ease with Mahler as with seventeenth-century Italian opera, is devoted to a good dozen secular pieces by Monteverdi from his operas and cycles of love madrigals. Conducting the Claudiana Ensemble while playing his instruments (archluth, theorbo, chitarrone), Luca Pianca makes this music twirl, and gives it the character of a frantic dance. A whole theatre of amorous passions is represented here. It is an expression of a burning sensuality in search of multicultural connections. After all, the Venice of these days looked to the East. – François Hudry

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Anna Lucia Richter – Heimweh: Schubert Lieder (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Anna Lucia Richter – Heimweh: Schubert Lieder (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:20:56 minutes | 1,30 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © PentaTone

On her PENTATONE debut album, young German star soprano Anna Lucia Richter explores the heart-wrenching, timeless and universal feeling of Heimweh (homesickness) through a collection of extraordinary Schubert songs. Richter approaches the notion of Heimweh from several perspectives: from that of queens, young girls and shepherds to that of soldiers, dwarfs and gravediggers. The repertoire consists of the original, German-language version of Ave Maria, three Mignon songs (Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt, Heiss micht nicht reden and So lasst mich scheinen), the sinister Der Zwerg, the expansive flower ballad Viola and many others. Richter is accompanied by pianist Gerold Huber, with whom she has formed a congenial Lieder tandem in the last years. They are joined by clarinettist Matthias Schorn on the final song of the program, the quasi concert aria Der Hirt auf dem Felsen.

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Anna Larsson, Johan Reuter, Svenska Kammarorkestern & Thomas Dausgaard – Brahms: Symphony No. 3, Alto Rhapsody & 6 Schubert Songs (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Anna Larsson, Johan Reuter, Svenska Kammarorkestern & Thomas Dausgaard – Brahms: Symphony No. 3, Alto Rhapsody & 6 Schubert Songs (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:18:26 minutes | 1,30 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © BIS

Thomas Dausgaard, the enormously talented conductor, continues here with his quest for recording the mainstream symphonic repertoire with an orchestra, smaller than the usual today. His journey has become a considerable success. What one possibly misses in string sound “thickness” is more than well compensated for by the added transparency, and the almost chamber-music-type listening by the orchestral members. As a matter of fact, Dausgaard’s and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra’s togetherness, ensemble playing is totally amazing and gives this listener a completely different view of these Brahmsian masterpieces. Add Anna Larsson – Abbado’s favourite alto – Johan Reuter, and the Swedish Radio Choir, and what you get is a very, very strong team indeed. Renowned for his creativity and innovation in programming, the excitement of his live performances and an extensive catalogue of critically-acclaimed recordings, Thomas Dausgaard has been the chief conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra since 1997, and in 2016 took up the same position with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He is also set to become the music director of the Seattle Symphony in 2019.

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Anna Lapwood – Images (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Anna Lapwood – Images (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:20 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Signum Records

Signum proudly presents Lapwood’s debut solo organ recording following her critically-acclaimed debut choral recording, All things are quite silent, with The Choirs of Pembroke College, Cambridge. This luxurious programme, including some of Lapwood’s world-premiere arrangements, showcases the softer, more subtle side of an instrument more generally regarded for its bombastic nature.

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Anna Korondi – Brahms: Vineta (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Anna Korondi – Brahms: Vineta (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:32:49 minutes | 838 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Farao Classics

An unknown oratorio from Johannes Brahms? Since Beethoven it is regarded a standard of musical creation that a composer draws piano songs together into a cycle. Our Brahms program adds a new, unfamiliar variation: solo songs are intertwined with vocal quartets, choirs and piano music.

At the same time, the cycle follows a roughly coherent plot – a plot not founded in the concious plan of the composer but in the hidden mesh of his musical and literary themes: in leading motives of tribulation woven through Johannes Brahms’ vocal work like a red thread.

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