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Paavo Järvi, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Choir - Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (2011)

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Paavo Järvi, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Choir  - Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (2011)

Paavo Järvi, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Choir - Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 290 Mb | Total time: 72:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | 6286100 | Recorded: 2009

Celebrating 80 years of vigorous artistic life with Brahms’ expansive and consoling mass for the dead, Ein deutsches Requiem, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) under its Chief Conductor Paavo Järvi, is joined by soprano Natalie Dessay, baritone Ludovic Tézier and the Swedish Radio Choir in an interpretation described as “exemplary” by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Natalie Dessay, Evelino Pidò, Concerto Köln - Italian Opera Arias (2008)

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Natalie Dessay, Evelino Pidò, Concerto Köln - Italian Opera Arias (2008)

Natalie Dessay, Evelino Pidò, Concerto Köln - Italian Opera Arias (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 472 Mb | Total time: 73:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | 5 14365 2 | Recorded: 2007

This selection of scenes and arias, all very familiar items, is distinguished by the imaginative accompaniments under Evelino Pidò. …here we have one of the great opera personalities of our time - it's a lovely voice, used with a formidable technique.
–Gramophone

Natalie Dessay, Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Delirio: Handel's Italian Cantatas (2005)

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Natalie Dessay, Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Delirio: Handel's Italian Cantatas (2005)

Natalie Dessay, Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée - Delirio: Handel's Italian Cantatas (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 297 Mb | Total time: 62:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 0946 332624 2 3 | Recorded: 2005

Two decades ago Handel's early Italian-language cantatas were little known, but sopranos have discovered that they provide a top-level vocal workout while offering more than a hint of the mature Handel's genius. This disc by French singer Natalie Dessay, one of the hottest sopranos on the scene, is going to be hard to beat. Dessay shares the credit with the period-instrument ensemble Le Concert d'Astrée and its conductor Emmanuelle Haïm, who has been turning out one groundbreaking Baroque disc after another.

Natalie Dessay, Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d’Astree - Handel: Cleopatra - Arias from Giulio Cesare (2011)

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Natalie Dessay, Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d’Astree - Handel: Cleopatra - Arias from Giulio Cesare (2011)

Natalie Dessay, Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d’Astrée - Handel: Cleopatra - Arias from Giulio Cesare (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 344 Mb | Total time: 65:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 907872 2 | Recorded: 2010

The fact that the role of Handel's Cleopatra includes enough music to fill out a CD, and that, combined with the music's demands for immense virtuosity and versatility, makes it a daunting challenge and Natalie Dessay is impressive in her account of these excerpts. Dessay's singing is not entirely consistent throughout the album, recorded in 2010, whether because some arias are simply better suited to her voice than others, or because she was not at her best for some of the recording sessions. While the agility and precision of her coloratura are always intact, in some selections, such as the arias "Tutto può donna vezzosa," and "Venere bella," Dessay's voice sounds lighter than it does on albums from earlier in her career, and even a little breathy in her lower register. In other arias, though, she conveys the remarkable fullness and purity for which she is renowned. "Se pieta di me non senti" is breathtaking; her gleaming tone is practically voluptuous and she spins lines of miraculously velvety smoothness and searing emotional intensity.

Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Handel: Arcadian Duets (2002)

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Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Handel: Arcadian Duets (2002)

Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée - Handel: Arcadian Duets (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 259 Mb | Total time: 62:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 45524 2 | Recorded: 2001-2002

It's tempting to think these duets, which Handel composed at various points in his career, are just chips from the master's block. But they constitute a delightful hour's worth of music, and when sung with the vocal brilliance and stylishness displayed here by ten top singers in various pairings, they add up to one of those rare discs it's hard to stop returning to. Handel must have thought a lot of them too–since he reused some of this music for oratorios like Messiah–and turned to the chamber duet form in his last years as well. There isn't a weak link among the soloists, though the contributions of Natalie Dessay, Veronique Gens, and Sara Mingardo are especially noteworthy. Whether asked to sing plaintive laments or flashy coloratura displays, these well-matched voices thrill. The accompaniments (harpsichord or organ, lute and cello) are faultless. The appeal of this disc extends far beyond Baroque specialists to anyone who enjoys outstanding singing.
–Dan Davis

Louis Langree, London Symphony Orchestra, Natalie Dessay - Verdi: La Traviata (2012)

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Louis Langree, London Symphony Orchestra, Natalie Dessay - Verdi: La Traviata (2012)

Louis Langrée, London Symphony Orchestra, Natalie Dessay - Verdi: La Traviata (2012)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | Italiano (DTS, 6 ch) | 139 min | 7.50 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Virgin | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2011

With this new production of La traviata at the 2011 Aix-en-Provence Festival, Natalie Dessay made her first European appearances as Verdi’s Violetta, a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire. She made her debut in the role in 2009 at the Santa Fe Festival in the US, and subsequently sang Violetta in Japan. Dessay’s 2011-12 season will include La traviata at the Vienna State Opera (in this Aix-en-Provence production by French theatre and opera director Jean-François Sivadier) and the New York Metropolitan.

Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2012)

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Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2012)

Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d`Astrée - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2012)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 217 min | 5,07+7,50 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Virgin | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2011

Giulio Cesare, the most popular of Handel’s operas, is named after the great Roman emperor, but its most memorable character is Cleopatra. In this production by Laurent Pelly from Paris’ splendid Palais Garnier, the role of the Egyptian queen is assumed for the first time by Natalie Dessay, described by the Telegraph as “a supreme vocal enchantress”.

Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Bach: Magnificat; Handel: Dixit Dominus (2007)

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Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Bach: Magnificat; Handel: Dixit Dominus (2007)

Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d`Astrée - Bach: Magnificat; Handel: Dixit Dominus (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 56:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 395241 2 | Recorded: 2006

What a wonderful contrast! Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Bach’s Magnificat represent the two oft-compared composers at Dixit . He had already written two Italian operas, and his career path clearly pointed in that direction. The Dixit is as extravagant as Bach’s Magnificat is controlled. The two pieces are such a good fit that one wonders why they haven’t turned up together more frequently, if, in fact, they have at all.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Renee Fleming, Natalie Dessay, Susan Grahan - Handel: Alcina (1999)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Renee Fleming, Natalie Dessay, Susan Grahan - Handel: Alcina (1999)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Renée Fleming, Natalie Dessay, Susan Grahan - Handel: Alcina (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 820 Mb | Total time: 57:50+76:33+56:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 8573-80233-2 | Recorded: 1999

Handel's operas–the center of his creative life before oratorios became the focus–have spent far too long in limbo awaiting rediscovery, which slowly started happening in the late '60s with works such as Giulio Cesare. But whether Handelian opera is still a novelty or you're already a rabid convert, this emotionally resonant, crisply played, superbly cast interpretation under William Christie and Les Arts Florissants is likely to shake up some of your ideas about the composer.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Natalie Dessay, Cecilia Bartoli - Mozart: Mitridate [1999]

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Natalie Dessay, Cecilia Bartoli -  Mozart: Mitridate [1999]

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Natalie Dessay, Cecilia Bartoli - Mozart: Mitridate [1999]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 790 Mb | Total time: 174:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 460 772-2 | Recorded: 1998

This full-length opera seria–written by Mozart at age 14–has had some strong recorded exposure in the past, but this set may bring it to a broader public than ever before. Now that Handel's operas in the same genre are much more in evidence, what once might've seemed like the work of an underdeveloped dramatist is only Mozart maintaining the status quo, which is a long, expository, musically conservative first act followed by two shorter acts with much more individualistic arias, some of them exquisite and among the composer's very best. Conductor Christophe Rousset is perfect for finding the dramatic center of every moment. But the set is worth buying just for its passionate cast, which features Cecilia Bartoli, Brian Asawa, Natalie Dessay, and Sandrine Piau firing on all vocal cylinders. The biggest surprise is tenor Giuseppe Sabbatini's account of the title role. It may not be graceful but it sure is electrifying. There's only one disappointment: Mozart wrote several versions of some arias to please his star singers, and this recording leaves one hungry to hear his outtakes.
(David Patrick Stearns)

Stephane Deneve, Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2014)

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Stephane Deneve, Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2014)

Offenbach - Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Stéphane Denève, Michael Spyres, Natalie Dessay) (2014)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 5.29 Gb+7.01 Gb (2xDVD9) | 183 min
Classical | Erato | Sub: Francais, English, Italiano, Deutsch, Espanol, Catalan

Warner Classics & Erato DVD catalogue already contains several characteristically stylish and imaginative productions by the French opera director Laurent Pelly: Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne and La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, Massenet’s Cendrillon, Donizetti’s La Fille du régiment, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Handel’s Giulio Cesare. The last three all star Natalie Dessay, and now she and Pelly are reunited once again, this time for Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, staged at Barcelona’s Liceu opera house in early 2013.