La Voix Du Nord (The Voice of the North) is a double disc album by Malena Ernman, who represented Sweden in Eurovision Song Contest 2009. The first CD contains 11 pop songs including "La voix", which was Ernman's entry at the Eurovision Song Contest, and the second CD contains 11 arias. The album was released on July 1, 2009 in Sweden. It debuted at #1 on the official album chart and was certified Gold in its first week and eventually was certified Platinum in September 2009.
One of the greatest operatic tenors of the 20th century, Luciano Pavarotti was considered by many to possess one of the most lyrical and beautiful voices of his time. This album offers a definitive collection of some of Pavarotti's greatest performances of his career in hi-res audio, including "Nessun Dorma", "O Sole Mio", and "Celeste Aida".
For those of us who grew up on Janet Baker's recordings (and were lucky enough to hear her "live" as well), the sound of her voice and her singular artstic personality - British restraint coupled with fierce emotional and spiritual commitment - are indelibly imprinted in our minds and hearts. The closest current equivalent is Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, another superb artist who has charted her own course, and not surprisingly there is some overlap of repertoire, in the music of J.S. Bach, of course, but also Berlioz's Didon and Beatrice, Handel's Ariodante and Britten's Phaedra (composed for Baker).
This Pavarotti set is a wonderful collection of arias and songs that cover Luciano's great career. Pavarotti is THE Voice of the 20th century and this set does him justice. It includes 10 CDs with over 750 minutes of music and covers all of his roles and includes a bonus CD of Pavarotti's fist album from 1964, which has never been released on CD before. This set is a must have for every Pavarotti fan.
The Academy Award®-sweeping film Amadeus wisely pinned much of its dramatic thrust on Mozart's gloriously eternal music, and its soundtrack remains a concise yet rewarding introduction to Wolfgang's spectacular oeuvre. This newly remastered "Director's Cut" edition is a companion to the expanded DVD and features 24-bit encoding on two 24-karat-gold discs, sharpening the sonic clarity of the performances of Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields to near perfection. The performances (which, Marriner notes, crucially served as templates during actual production) have also been augmented to match the expanded new video edition and include a new, 2001 recording of the Adagio in C Minor for Glass Armonica, K. 617.