These four discs present Jonas Kaufmann in his vocal prime, invariably placing his glorious sound at the service of music and text. The result is a collection of illuminating performances from a uniquely thoughtful, dynamic, soul-stirring artist.” Roger Pines
Jonas Kaufmann signed to Decca in 2007, and this outstanding collection of four recital CDs was recorded from 2007-2013. During those six years, there has been nothing but raining superlatives for Kaufmann, from critics and public alike. He is renowned for his versatility, and this varied selection of 50 Arias showcases his vocal flexibility in style, genres and languages.
Contents: ROMANTIC ARIAS Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Marco Armiliato
"No German tenor since Fritz Wunderlich has such a succulent Italianate tone… Yet Kaufmann is no Wunderlich sound-alike. While his free-ringing high notes have a comparable visceral excitement, his timbre is a notch duskier and more baritonal, with more heft in the middle and lower registers. He is also a scrupulous and sensitive musician, building each of these arias with the care of a Lieder singer.” The Daily Telegraph
MOZART, SCHUBERT, BEETHOVEN, WAGNER Mahler Chamber Orchestra Claudio Abbado
"Too good to be true: this was my first response to Jonas Kaufmann's new disc. But each re-listening has brought new things to praise, new confirmation of the singer's extraordinary gifts . . . each performance makes it abundantly clear that an artist of uncommon conviction is at work therein . . . this is one of the most rewarding opera-singer CDs to have come my way for years.” Opera Magazine
VERISMO ARIAS Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Antonio Pappano
“This is a wonderful disc, the most exciting and enterprising operatic recital that I have heard for a very long time . . . Kaufmann has everything, and at the age of 40 his voice may well be in its finest shape . . . And he shows what a range of emotions and idioms there are under the heading verismo.” BBC Music Magazine
WAGNER Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin Donald Runnicles
“… the way in which he sings with such devotion and tenderness, responsive to every nuance, savouring every harmony, shaping every syllable, sets the listener’s pulse racing.” Die Zeit "