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Berliner Philharmoniker – Placido Domingo conducts a Spanish Night at the Waldbühne 2001 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Every year more than 20,000 music lovers make their way to the Waldbühne – in the opinion of connoisseurs one of the world’s most beautiful open-air stages – for the end-of-season concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Their first concert was held here in 1984, and since then the orchestra has ended each season with a very special musical treat devoted to a particular theme: there has been an Italian Night under Claudio Abbado, an American Night under Sir Simon Rattle, a Russian Night under Seiji Ozawa and a French Night under Georges Prêtre. In 2001 Plácido Domingo joined this phalanx of conductors and made his debut with the orchestra, conducting the present Spanish Night.

By this date one of the world’s leading tenors had already proved that for him conducting was far more than a second job. He had in fact studied conducting in addition to singing and the piano at the Mexico City Conservatory. At the Waldbühne he impressed his audience with his musical credentials and lively temperament, while at the same time introducing his listeners to the first love of his musical life, the zarzuela, a kind of operetta rarely encountered outside the Spanish-speaking world. In excerpts from works by Pablo Luna, Amadeo Vives, Federico Moreno Torroba and José Serrano he was ably supported by the soprano Ana María Martínez, of whom the critic of the Berliner Zeitung wrote enthusiastically: “She turned couples into lovers and brought dreams of blissful happiness to the lonely. Many listeners closed their eyes and smiled beatifically.”

The violinist Sarah Chang then played Pablo de Sarasate’s Gypsy Airs and Carmen Fantasy, delighting her audience with her immaculate technique and imaginative playing. The rest of the programme was made up of works by non-Spanish composers such as Emmanuel Chabrier, Johann Strauß the Younger and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, all of whom were inspired by the music and culture of the Iberian peninsula, while the music of Latin America was represented by José Pablo Moncayo. And when the audience began to call on Domingo to sing for them during the encores, he lost no time in seizing the microphone and joining in the immortal song in praise of Berlin, Paul Lincke’s Berliner Luft.

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Placido Domingo – Amore Infinito (2008/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Plácido Domingo – Amore Infinito (2008/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 48:49 minutes | 534 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

This is a ‘Sony Classical’ re-issue to mark the canonization of Pope John Paul II on April 27. To honor him, Plácido Domingo will perform repertoire from this album at the ceremony in Poznan, Poland.

It includes songs inspired by the Poems of John Paul II – Karol Wojtyła. Featuring guest artists Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, Andrea Bocelli and Vanessa Williams. ‘These songs have enormous significance for me … They will speak not only to religious people but to anyone who respects that uniquely great man, John Paul II, who chose to dedicate his life to the service of humanity and of God.’

Plácido Domingo – one of the most beloved spiritual leaders of the modern era, Pope John Paul II was not only a humanitarian and theologian, but an artist and author. In his pre-Papal life as Karol Wojtyła he wrote plays, essays, and, most notably, poetry. For this CD, Plácido Domingo and his son Plácido Domingo Jr. used a selection of not only religious poetry, but also poems about love and people’s daily life.

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Placido Domingo – Verdi (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Plácido Domingo – Verdi (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:09:59 minutes | 1,12 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

Before automatically dismissing the idea of the 72-year-old tenor Plácido Domingo reincarnated as a baritone, consider that he started out as one on the zarzuela stage many moons ago. In this selection of Verdi baritone arias, he sounds like the same Domingo so many millions of people have known and loved, just taken down a few scale degrees. That’s both a good thing and a bad thing. You don’t necessarily want a baritone to sound like a tenor, and in a few of these arias, which move the action along more than a tenor aria would, you feel that he’s not really digging into the lyrics. But let’s face it: who else among Domingo’s tenor contemporaries could have pulled this off? The voice is not just recognizably Domingo but pleasingly Domingo, with the characteristic mixture of power and relaxed flexibility that has endeared him to listeners who have never heard any other opera singer, or any other opera singers than the Three Tenors. Domingo sounds terrific. He gets dry, competent support from the Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana and its associated chorus under Pablo Heras-Casado; the orchestra keeps the focus on Domingo’s voice, right where it belongs. If this album were by anyone else, it would hardly work; from Domingo it is something to prize.

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Placido Domingo – Songs (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Plácido Domingo – Songs (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 53:09 minutes | 561 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

After a recording career spanning more than fifty years of classical performances, Placido Domingo fulfills his wish to record an album of famous songs that accompanied his life.

The Maestro himself chose the repertoire on Songs, his first pop album in over twenty years, paying tribute to some of the greatest songwriters and including some of the world’s most popular songs from the past seventy years.

For this long-awaited new album, Domingo invited world-renowned artists and highly talented newcomers to join him for duets including Josh Groban, Harry Connick, jr., Susan Boyle, Chris Botti, Megan Hilty and Katherine Jenkins. Particulary close to his heart is the duet with his son, Placido Domingo, Jr., on ‘What a Wonderful World.’

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Placido Domingo – My Christmas (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Placido Domingo – My Christmas (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:46:31 minutes | 481 MB | Genre: Classical, Christmas
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | @ Sony Music Entertainment

A heart-warming world of Christmas magic comes alive on Placido Domingo’s new holiday album, My Christmas (Sony Classical). Available now, the album is filled with seasonal favorites, plus duets with a variety of special guests including Idina Menzel, Jackie Evancho, Placido Domingo Jr., The Piano Guys and others.

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Placido Domingo – Encanto Del Mar: Mediterranean Songs (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88.2kHz]

Placido Domingo – Encanto Del Mar: Mediterranean Songs (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2kHz | Time – 00:50:37 minutes | 848 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Sony Classical

This album presents the legendary Domingo at his most personal, singing songs of the Mediterranean – songs of love and the sea. His voice is supported by an intimate ensemble of musicians including Spanish guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, cello, harp, percussion. Interweaving and intermingling of musical styles – North African rhythms, Iberian harmonies, Italian melodic lines. The interplay between voice and instruments is fluid, conversational and magical.
Following the Verdi album, Plácido Domingo moves away from the drama and power of the opera stage to the warmth and peace of the Mediterranean Sea. In Encanto del Mar, Plácido Domingo sings music from the rich tradition of folk and popular songs of the Mediterranean. Accompanied by a small group of musicians, he transports the listener to the warm sands of the beach, the calm lapping waves of the sea, and the slowly setting sun. Experience Domingo at his most intimate and personal, and enjoy with him the treasure chest of music that the Mediterranean.

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