the shawshank redemption

the shawshank redemption

Gundula Janowitz: Verdi - Don Carlos, 'Tu che le vanità conosce'

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Gundula Janowitz (born August 2, 1937 in Berlin, Germany) is an Austrian lyric soprano singer of operas, oratorios and concerts. She is one of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century and was pre-eminent in the 1960s and 1970s. Janowitz grew up in Graz, Austria, where she became a naturalised Austrian. She studied at the Graz Conservatory in Austria, and had already begun to sing at the highest level by the end of the 1950s (Haydn's The Creation, with Herbert von Karajan in 1960). In 1959, Karajan engaged her as Barbarina in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at the Vienna State Opera, of which she became a permanent member in 1962. In the 1960s and 1970s, she became one of the most popular singers in her field internationally and she developed a comprehensive and widely-followed discography of works ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to Richard Strauss, in cooperation with the most prominent conductors (her mentor at times, Karajan, as well as Otto Klemperer, Eugen Jochum, Leonard Bernstein, Rafael Kubelík, Karl Böhm, Georg Solti, Carlos Kleiber, etc.) Gundula Janowitz's voice is distinguished by its very bright, pure, crystalline, tremolo-free sound with tight, rapid vibrato, and by her even breathing technique. She kept her youthful, angelic tone and freshness well into her mature years. Like her predecessors, Elisabeth Grümmer and Maria Stader, who had similar timbre to hers, and like her contemporary, Elizabeth Harwood, Janowitz mastered first and foremost the high and middle register and lyrical-emotional expression. Despite her comparatively weak sound projection, she occasionally performed in dramatic roles (Sieglinde, Leonore, Elsa) or comic roles (Marzelline, Rosalinde), but she was most highly regarded as Fiordiligi, Countess Almaviva, Pamina, Agathe, Arabella, Ariadne, the Angel Gabriel (The Creation), and Countess Madeleine, and in sacred music. She was also a leading interpreter of Richard Strauss "Four Last Songs". With a few exceptions, she avoided foreign-language roles (although recordings exist of her singing Don Carlos and Verdi's Requiem and all three Mozart/DaPonte operas in Italian). An excerpt of her portrayal of the Figaro Countess in a duet with Swiss soprano Edith Mathis features prominently in the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundula_Janowitz Lyrics & English Translation You have known the vanities of this world, and now enjoy the grave's last rest, if there is still pity in heaven mourn over my sorrow and carry my tears at the Lord's presence. Carlos will come! he must leave and forget... I've sworn to Posa to watch over him. He must fulfil his destiny, glory will show him the way. As for me, my day has already come to an end! France, noble land, so loved in my younger days! Fontainebleau! All my thoughts go to you! There I swore eternal love To God who heard me and eternity lasted only one day. O merry gardens of this Iberian land, if Carlos should yet stop here at the end of the day, let the tufts, the brooks, the fountains, the woods and flowers with their melodies sing of our love. Farewell, farewell golden dreams, lost hopes! The knot was cut, light has lost its splendour! Farewell, farewell, my younger years! Giving in under the cruel suffering my heart has only one desire: the peace of the grave! You have known the vanities of this world, etc. If there is still pity in heaven, ah, carry my sorrow at the feet of the Lord! A link to this artists wonderful website: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/gundula-janowitz-mn0000781608 Please Enjoy! I send my kind and warm regards,