Purcell: When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas) (Dido's Lament)

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Opera Zapico

Opera Zapico

Opera from Monteverdi to Mozart arranged as instrumentals by Forma Antigva

Bach, J C:

Artaserse: Overture


Il più bel nome: Quella Clizia innamorata


La Calisto: Mogli mie sconsolato


Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

Se giunge un dispetto (from Agrippina)

Ritorna, caro e dolce mio tesoro (from Rodelinda)

Landi, S:

Il Sant'Alessio: O morte gradita


Vi ricorda, o bosch'ombrosi


Batti, batti, o bel Masetto (from Don Giovanni)

Nebra Blasco:

Amor aumenta el valor: A Dios, prenda de mi amor


Dance for the Chinese Man & Woman (from The Fairy Queen, Z628)

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Dido and Aeneas: Thanks to these lonesome vales


Les Indes galantes: Air pur les Sauvages

Forma Antiqva

Follwing Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' Forma Antiqua presents 'Opera Zapico', a selection of 17th and 18th operatic arias played with charm and elan.

The Zapico Brothers have carefully chosen a wonderful collection of popular opera pieces and arias from Monteverdi to Mozart and arranged the music as instrumental works. The adaptions are made for harpsichord/organ played by Aarón Zapico, theorbo by Daniel Zapico and baroque guitar/archlute by Pablo Zapico plus special guest artists. 'Opera Zapico' presents melodies from Italian, French, English and German music-theatres. The viola da gamba, cornetto, recorder and percussion resound!

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Kirsten Flagstad: Songs & Scenes

Kirsten Flagstad: Songs & Scenes


Efterårsstormen, Op. 18, No. 4

Tolv Melodier til Digte af Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, Op. 33 No. 5 'Langs ei Å'

Mens jeg venter (On the Water), Op. 60 No. 3

The Princess, EG133

Fyremal (No. 12 from 12 Melodies, Op. 33)

Med en vandlije, Op. 25 No. 4

Jeg Elsker Deg, Op. 41 No. 3

En svane (No. 2 from Seks Digte af Henrik Ibsen, Op. 25)

Den særde (from 12 Songs Op. 33)

Tak for dit råd (from 4 Songs Op. 21)


When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)


Allmächt’ge Jungfrau! (from Tannhäuser)

Doch nun von Tristan? (from Tristan und Isolde)

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)

Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene' (from Götterdämmerung)

Legendary soprano Kirsten Flagstad is featured on this super budget re-issue in 10 songs by Grieg, Dido’s lament from Purcell’s most famous opera and Wagnerian scenes from Tannhauser, Tristan und Isolde and Götterdämmerung .

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Classics for Farewells

Classics for Farewells



Miserere mei, Deus

Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')


Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Caccini, G:

Ave Maria


Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre': 3rd movement (Funeral March)


Requiem: Pie Jesu


Ave Maria




When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)


Pavane pour une infante défunte

and excerpts from works by Beethoven, Grieg, Mahler, Mozart, Preisner, Verdi

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Patricia Petibon: Nouveau Monde

Patricia Petibon: Nouveau Monde

Baroque Arias & Songs


Cachua a voz y bajo Al Nacimiento de Christo Nuestro Señor (from Codex Martinez Compañon)

Tonada la Lata a voz y bajo, para bailar cantando (from Codex Martinez Compañon)

Mon amy s’en est allé

Tonada la Lata el Congo a voz y bajo para baylar cantando (from Codex Martinez Compañon)

Greensleeves to a ground


Yo soy la locura

Charpentier, M-A:

Quel prix de mon amour (from Medée)

Prélude...Noires filles du Styx (from Medée)

Dieu du Cocyte et des Royaumes sombres (from Medée)


No se emendará jamás, HWV 140

Nebra Blasco:

El bajel que no recela (from Vendado es amor, no es ciego)

En amor, pastorcillos, no hay quien distinga (from Vendado es amor, no es ciego)


When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)


Rondeau – Forêts paisibles (from Les Indes Galantes)

Les Indes galantes: Tempête : La nuit couvre les cieux !


J’ai vu le loup, le renard et la belette

Patricia Petibon (soprano)

La Cetra Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon

Admired for her remarkable creative imagination and exemplary musicianship, soprano Patricia Petibon, in her newest album for Deutsche Grammophon, offers a treasure-trove of fascinating Baroque curiosities guaranteed to enthral both the Baroque aficionado and the casual listener.

Nouveau Monde is conceived as a journey from the Old to the New World, a spell-binding collection of arias, songs and pieces from European composers (Charpentier, Händel, Rameau, Purcell) that testify to their composers’ fascination with the exoticism of recently-discovered lands, as well as South American folksongs which boast exceptional rhythmic energy and colour

Spectacularly accompanied by the La Cetra Baroque Orchestra under the excelling direction of Andrea Marcon – who also stands out as a Baroque organist and harpsichordist - Patricia enchants our senses with a mélange of 17th-century arias and folk songs from England, France, Spain, and Latin America

As a follow-up to her best-selling Rosso and Melancolía albums, Patricia Petibon’s 2012 release is guaranteed to be one of the most popular and sought-after Baroque releases of the year

“Conquest is one theme, confession another; the whole a breakneck A-Z of Baroque song from airs de cours to zarzuela.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012 ****

“'Nouveau Monde' is a tightly thought-through and arranged and compelling programme, a tour de force for its performer/compiler, most atmospherically recorded. Compulsive, repeatable listening.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

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Editor's Choice - January 2013

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An Evening With The Royal Opera

An Evening With The Royal Opera


La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (from Carmen)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)


Abendsegen 'Abends will ich schlafen gehn' (Hänsel und Gretel)

Diana Damrau (soprano), Angelika Kirschlager (mezzo)


La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Miah Persson (soprano), Simon Keenlyside (baritone)

Non piu andrai, farfallone amoroso (from Le Nozze di Figaro)

Erwin Schrott (bass-baritone)

Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (from Die Zauberflöte)

Diana Damrau (soprano)

Pa-pa-pa-pa-Papagena (from Die Zauberflöte)

Ailish Tynan (soprano), Simon Keenlyside (baritone)


O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Hibla Gerzmava (soprano), Teodor Illincai (Rodolfo)

Quando me'n vo (from La Bohème)

Inna Duka (soprano)

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Ekaterina Siurina (soprano)


When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo)


Il barbiere di Siviglia Overture


Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)

Renee Fleming (soprano), Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Di quella pira (from Il trovatore)

Jose Cura (tenor)

Patria oppressa (from Macbeth)

Chorus of the Royal Opera House

Parigi, o cara (from La Traviata)

Renee Fleming (soprano), Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Tutto nel mondo è burla (from Falstaff)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Bringing together a collection of arias and choruses from some of the world’s favourite operas, this disc showcases the outstanding artists and productions from the stage of the Royal Opera House.

The perfect gift for anyone who loves opera.

A unique collection from one of the world’s finest opera houses, showcasing the international opera stars and famous Royal Opera House productions.

The comprehensive packaging will include a synopsis of each opera, suggestions for further exploration of the catalogue and full subtitles.

International stars featured in the collection include: Jonas Kaufmann, Renee Fleming, Simon Keenlyside, Gerald Finley and Miah Persson.

Running time: 80 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/ES

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“all musically exceptional” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 ****

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Opera - 50 of the Best

Opera - 50 of the Best


Casta Diva (from Norma)

O rendetemi la speme...Qui la voce sua soave...Vien, diletto (from I Puritani)


L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Votre toast je peux vous le rendre 'Toreador Song' (from Carmen)

Carmen: Prelude to Act I

Au fond du temple saint (from Les Pêcheurs de Perles)


Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (from La Wally)


Che faro' senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice)


Vesti la giubba (from I Pagliacci)


Possente Spirto (from l'Orfeo)


Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture

Non piu andrai, farfallone amoroso (from Le Nozze di Figaro)

Dalla sua pace (from Don Giovanni)

Vedrai, carino (from Don Giovanni)

Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (from Die Zauberflöte)

Ach, ich fühl's (from Die Zauberflöte, K620)

La mia Dorabella capace non e' (from Così fan tutte)

E Susanna non vien! … Dove sono i bei momenti (from Le nozze di Figaro)

La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)


Barcarolle (from Les Contes d'Hoffmann )


Donna non vidi mai (from Manon Lescaut)

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Nessun dorma (from Turandot)

Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly)

Tu che di gel sei cinta (from Turandot)

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Si, mi chiamano Mimi (from La Bohème)

Manon Lescaut: Intermezzo Act III

Humming Chorus (from Madama Butterfly)

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)


When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)


Elena! Oh tu, che chiamo! (from La donna del lago)

Pensa alla patria (from L'Italiana in Algeri)

Guillaume Tell Overture

Sia qualunque delle figlie (from La Cenerentola)

Semiramide Overture


Manrico! Che? (from il Trovatore)

Follie! Follie! Delirio vano è questo…Sempre libera (from La traviata)

Se quel guerrier io fossi!…Celeste Aida (from Aida)

Di Provenza il mar (from La Traviata)

La donna è mobile (from Rigoletto)

Caro nome (from Rigoletto)

Or co' dadi, ma fra poco (from Il Trovatore)

Noi siamo zingarelle (from La Traviata)

È il sol dell'anima (from Rigoletto)


Tannhäuser: Overture

Steuermann, laß die Wacht! (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Graciela Alperyn (mezzo-soprano), Daniela Longhi (soprano), Jozsef Mukk (tenor), Maurizio Frusoni (tenor), Kaludi Kaludov (tenor), Monika Krause (soprano), Tatiana Lisnic (soprano), Renato Girolami (bass), Lando Bartolini (tenor), Marianna Pizzolato (mezzo-soprano), Bo Skovhus (baritone), Miriam Gauci (soprano), Kristjan Johannsson (tenor), Armando Ariostini (baritone), Masako Deguci (soprano), Felipe Bou (bass), Alessandro Carmignani (tenor), Ildiko Raimondi (soprano), Georg Tichy (baritone), Silvano Carroli (baritone), Nelly Miricioiu (soprano), Alan Titus (baritone), Luba Orgonasova (soprano), Yordy Ramiro (tenor), Kym Amps (soprano), Hellen Kwon (soprano), Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz (soprano), Alida Ferrarini (soprano), Ann-Christine Biel (soprano), Indra Thomas (soprano), Kristine Jepson (mezzo-soprano), Franco de Grandis (bass), Goran Eliasson (tenor), Ladislav Neshyba (bass), Rannveig Braga (mezzo-soprano), Marina Mescheriakova (soprano), Hedwig Fassbender (mezzo-soprano), Janez Lotric (tenor), Igor Morozov (baritone), Bruno Pratico (bass-baritone), John Dickie (tenor), Andrea Martin (baritone), Peter Mikulas (bass), Nicola Martinucci (tenor), Jonathan Welch (tenor), Giorgio Lamberti (tenor)

Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Chorus, Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Budapest Festival Chorus, Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaga Symphony Orchestra, Bilbao Choral Society, Mal, Michael Halasz, Alexander Rahbari, Will Humburg, Alberto Zedda, Ricco Saccani, Sergio Vartolo, Arnold Ostman, Charles Rosekrans, Leif Segerstam, Johannes Wildner

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Lachrymae: Music For Strings

Lachrymae: Music For Strings


Lachrymae for viola & strings, Op. 48a


Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten


Chacony in G minor

arr. Britten

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

arr. Stokowski


Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli

Vaughan Williams:

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis


Passacaglia - Death of Falstaff and Touch her soft lips from Henry V

Nicolas Bône (viola)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Douglas Boyd, William Conway & Richard Egarr

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Purcell: Love’s Madness

Purcell: Love’s Madness

Johnson, R:

As I walked forth

Full fathom five


Curtain Tune from The Tempest


Tis women make us love

Then mad, very mad let us be (from The Richmond Heiress or A Woman Once in the Right, Z608)

Fantasia: three parts on a ground, for three recorders & b.c

I'll sail upon the dog-star (from A Fool's Preferment or The Three Dukes of Dunstable, Z571)

Jack, thou'rt a Toper - a catch (from Bonduca, Z574)

Dido and Aeneas: The Triumphing Dance

Prophetess or The History of Dioclesian, Z627: Oh the sweet delights of love

O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406

Prophetess or The History of Dioclesian, Z627: Dance of the Bacchanals

Fantasia Upon One Note in F major, Z745

Sing, sing ye druids from Bonduca Z574

Oft she visits (from Dido and Aeneas)

Distressed Innocence, Z577: Rondo

Beneath a poplar's shadow (from Sophonisba or Hannibal's Overthrow, Z590)

From silent shades ('Bess of Bedlam') Z370

Tell me, some pitying angel (The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation), Z196

Once, twice, thrice, Z265

Prophetess or The History of Dioclesian, Z627: Charon the peaceful shade invites


When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

With Drooping Wings (from Dido and Aeneas)

Ravenscroft, T:

The Three Ravens


Bedlam Boys

Grim King of the Ghosts (broadside ballad)

The Cruel Mother

William and Margret

Willow Song

Ophelia's mad song

Following her previous very successful release of Love Songs by Purcell (CARUS83435), Dorothee Mields now turns her attention to a darker side of life. Reminiscences of Shakespeare, melancholy and madness are evident throughout this collection.

“…marvellously expressive throughout…” International Record Review

“Most effective are the ballads and lighter, folksy numbers, where Mields's agile voice enchants...Purists may fgind the ensemble takes a few too many liberties, orchestrating these pieces wioth a battery of percussion, wind and stringed instruments, but there's no denying that it's all done with terrific style and bravura.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2012 ****

“Mields has a fine, conventional voice for this kind of music - pure, pretty and with clear, largely correct English - and she enters into the spirit to the point of the odd deranged cackle, sob or moan...Ultimately they seem more like the kind of adaptations you might hear in a modern staging of a Restoration play than a reflection of the 17th-century sound world.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2012

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Ferveur & Extase

Ferveur & Extase



Lamento di Didone


Cantata a voce sola


Passacalle à 3

Marini, B:

Sinfonia Primo Tuono

Sinfonia Sesto Tuono


Pianto della Madonna 'Iam moriar, mi fili' (sopra il Lamento dell'Arianna), SV 288


When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Rossi, Luigi:

Fantasia "Les pleurs d'Orphée"

Scarlatti, A:

Didone delirante: excerpts

Concerto VII in D major


O Maria

Stéphanie d'Oustrac (mezzo) & Violaine Cochard (harpsichord, direction)


From Dido's desperate love to Mary's poignant fervour...

This sumptuous album, combines the sacred and profane, the cult of the Virgin Mary as opposed to Dido, Queen of Carthage, almost exclusively by 17th century Venetian Baroque composers.

It includes the iconic aria [Dido's Lament], Cavalli's Lamento di Didone and Scarlatti's Didone delirante, long thought lost, and a previously unrecorded cantata by Faggioli.

The vocally distinctive, theatrically brilliant French mezzo Stephanie d'Oustrac is accompanied by Ens Amarillis and Violaine Cochard.

“the sequence never feels like a series of bleeding chunks - indeed, among recordings of 17th-century Italian music, this programme stands out for its musical integrity and cohesiveness...d'Oustrac responds to the music's vacillating moods with a gorgeous variety of vocal effects and colours.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 *****

“[d'Oustrac] demonstrates arresting dramatic personality and intelligence with text to go with a mezzo voice with enough flexibility, lyrical composure and fragility enough to prevent her from sounding like an identikit raving lady.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2012

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Pure Diva

Pure Diva

Tribute to Joan Hammond

Bishop, H R:

Home, Sweet Home

Timothy Young (piano)

Coates, E:

The Green Hills o' Somerset

Timothy Young (piano)


Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)


Glück, das mir verbleib 'Marietta's Lied' (from Die Tote Stadt)


Elle a fui, la tourterelle (from Les Contes d' Hoffmann)


When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)



Timothy Young (piano)


Puskay pogibnu ya 'Tatiana's Letter Scene' (from Eugene Onegin)


The Last Rose of Summer

Timothy Young (piano)


Mia madre aveva...Piangea cantando...Ave Maria (from Otello)

Tu che le vanità (from Don Carlo)

Cheryl Barker (soprano)

Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Guillaume Tourniaire

The ravishing Australian soprano Cheryl Barker has an important career in many major opera houses – English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and The Royal Opera Covent Garden among them – and concert halls. She is widely celebrated for her riveting performances. Pure Diva: is her very personal tribute to her teacher, the great Dame Joan Hammond, a disc, Barker says, “that feels as if it’s been a long time coming”.

The orchestral scenes are high drama from the first note to the last reverberation. Cheryl’s glorious lyric soprano rides the wave of Guillaume Tourniaire’s orchestral texture in grand operatic scenes, arias and songs made famous by Hammond. They include Tatyana’s Letter Scene, Dido's Lament, Desdemona’s Willow Song, and other arias by Verdi, Dvořák, Korngold, and Offenbach. Cheryl’s visceral portrayals of these operatic heroines convey the full emotional depth of these multi-dimensional characters in extremis.

The tributes with piano accompaniment (by Timothy Young) provide a contrast to the preceding drama, encore pieces beloved of Joan Hammond, the biggest selling recording artist during the war. Her recording of The Green Hills o’ Somerset became a best seller and Cheryl includes it as a homage here. The delightful rarity Shadows is a song written for Hammond by the Australian composer Ronald Settle.

Illuminating CD notes are by the late and great vocal commentator John Steane who was an insightful witness to Dame Joan Hammond (1912-96) and all the great singers of her era and those that followed.

Cheryl Barker’s relationship with Melba Recordings stretches back almost to the label’s beginning: Puccini=Passions (MR301085) was her acclaimed 2003 collection of arias with Richard Bonynge conducting Orchestra Victoria.

“The excitement and sense of urgency of young Tatyana are well caught ad projected, with the fullness of Barker's voice brought into play...Despite the occasional unsteadiness and a certain lack of tonal freshness at time, I find much to like in the singing, and the Queensland orchestra and the pianist work well with the soloist.” International Record Review, January 2012

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