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Emmanuelle Haïm follows her acclaimed 2006 recording of Monteverdi’s Combattimento with an unusual and inventive program on the theme of the lamento, a literary and dramatic form that found its 17th-century musical archetype in Monteverdi’s celebrated Lamento d’Arianna.

Emmanuelle Haïm has taken great care in choosing nine of today’s top soloists to perform these demanding works. Superstars Natalie Dessay and Rolando Villazón both appear in typically stunning form, while countertenor sensation Philippe Jaroussky and the fast-rising American mezzo Joyce DiDonato (recently signed exclusively to EMI/Virgin Classics) show why they are among opera’s hottest up-and-comers. Véronique Gens, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Topi Lehtipuu, Laurent Naouri, Christopher Purves, and Simon Wall round out the star-studded cast!

Album Info

Label: ‎ Deutsche Grammophon
Original Release Date: August 4, 2008
ASIN: ‎ B001B1R1IQ