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The Verdi Album

Jonas Kaufmann Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B00BT70J7M
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,781 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rigoletto, Atto III, Canzone: "La donna mobile" - Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma
2. Aida, Atto I, Scena e romanza: "Se quel guerrier io fossi!...Celeste Aida" - Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma
3. Un ballo in maschera, Atto I, Canzone: "Di' tu se fedele" - Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza, Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma
4. Un Ballo in Maschera, Atto III, Scena e romanza: "Forse la soglia attinse... Ma se m' forza perderti" - Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma
5. Il Trovatore, Parte III, Scena ed aria: "Ah! s, ben mio... Di quella pira" - Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza, Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma
6. Luisa Miller, Atto II, Scena ed aria: "Oh! fede negar potessi... Quando le sere al placido" - Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma
7. Simon Boccanegra, Atto II, Scena ed aria: "O inferno! Amelia qui!... Sento avvampar nell'anima... Cielo pietoso, rendila" - Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma
8. Don Carlo, Atto II, Scena e duetto: " lui! desso, l'Infante!... Dio, che nell'alma infondere" - Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza, Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma
9. La Forza del Destino, Atto III, Scena e romanza: "La vita inferno all'infelice...O tu, che in seno agli angeli" - Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma
10. I Masnadieri, Atto III, Scena 2: "Destatevi, o pietre... Giuri ognun questo canuto" - Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza, Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma
11. Otello, Atto III : "Dio! mi potevi scagliar" - Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma
12. Otello, Atto IV: "Niun mi tema" - Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma
13. Macbeth, Atto IV, Scena ed aria: "O figli, o figli miei!... Ah, la paterna mano" - Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma

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Of the finest singers of our time and the world’s leading tenor, Jonas Kaufmann presents his personal tribute to one of opera’s most beloved composers, Giuseppe Verdi.
To celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the great masters birth, this stunning new album features a fabulous collection of his most popular arias, including “La donna e mobile” (Rigoletto), “Celeste Aida” (Aida), “Di quella pira” (Il Trovatore) and “Niun me tema” (Otello).
Recorded in the composer’s home city of Parma, this outstanding new recording is sure to be one of the highlights of the composer’s Anniversary year.
This deluxe limited edition release comes with an extra booklet about Verdi’s life and an attractive photographic record of Jonas on location in Italy.

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SONY 88765492002; SONY - Italia; Classica Lirica Recital

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant follow-up to the Wagner disc 16 Sep 2013
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This sequence gives a marvellous experience of Verdi's music, with Kaufmann's magnificent timbre unfailingly hitting the right note whether in quiet or loud passages. The ripe emotional utterance tends to be the norm with this composer, but the tenderness is equally apparent in, say, an aria from Luisa Miller or La Forza del destino, where he dovetails with a clarinet touchingly. The brass are to the fore in Aida, sounding thrillingly full as Verdi would have wanted in this state-of-the-art recording. He is also very well set against a solo baritone in Don Carlo, while my personal favourite is probably from Simon Boccanegra because it is musically at such a pitch of excitement. The Parma Opera orchestra is very vivid but without shrillness under the sensitive direction of Pier Giorgio Morandi, with chorus well brought into focus on occasion, but it is really the sound of Kaufmann that makes Verdi seem so fantastically noble and alive in all these numbers. He really is a perfect fit with the idiom, with a range of colour and emotion that is unusually wide. He makes you eager to hear ever more phrases; the sound is beautiful like the fur of the wolf, perhaps, its slight roughness adding that nth degree of allure. Kaufmann himself writes a note on each aria with both musical and personal observations, complemented by an essay on Verdi tenors, texts and translations and seven photos of Kaufmann in a presentation that folds over three times.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding - Past, Present and the Future 16 Sep 2013
By Trev-R TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A fabulous start for Jonas Kaufmann in his association with Sony, not only does it include tracks of his current roles but also ones from his past and reputedly ones he is planning to sing in the near future.

Starting with track one from his past repertoire - "La donna è mobile" which is sung with such power, control and beauty and towards the end we have the Otello which is one of his future roles and gives a glimpse of the extraordinary performances to come, this is the role meant for him, his use of drama and dark undertones as he fills the speakers with an interpretation of opera 'tragedy' that is beyond anyone else singing today (even Domingo IMHO)

If you need any further proof of why Kaufmann is so loved by his fans then just listen to the dynamic range and control of his voice when singing `Celeste Aida', something most will be familiar with, but just listen to the last note....wow!

We have had some superb releases this year from Kaufmann, Calleja and some not so good, Verdi - Netrebko (Anna what were you thinking) this recording reinforces Jonas Kaufmann's position as probably the greatest Tenor of his generation and one who has all the possibility of exceeding the stratospheric heights reached by Placido Domingo. We are very lucky that Joseph Calleja is just a few years behind and nipping at his heels.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Verdi Album - No arguments here! 18 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I almost didn't buy this album. I haven't been a Kaufmann fan in the past, having been disappointed by his Pinkerton with Angela Gheorgiu, but I decided to take a chance, and I'm so glad I did.
His voice is the most virile tenor since Franco Corelli, capable of blazing top notes, yet with the most affecting piannissimi. He shows great respect for the wishes of his composer, giving us the last note of `Celeste Aida' exactly as Verdi stipulated, and including the drop of an octave and a half in `Di' tu se fedele' from Un ballo in maschera, which many tenors, including Pavarotti, reduce to half an octave.
The word which comes foremost to my mind for this album is `thoughtful'. Certainly many of the arias are the old `war-horses' of countless tenor albums, and yet even the most well-known, like `La donna è mobile' and `Ah! si, ben mio coll'essere' are given fresh and engaging renderings. Kaufmann has stopped to think not only what was in Verdi's mind but also what might have been in the mind of the character he is portraying. In other words, these are truly `dramatic' performances.
For me, some of the most wonderful parts of this album are those where Kaufmann sings quietly, giving every nuance to Verdi's delicious melodies, yet able at any moment to burst into vocal brilliance. The arias from La forza del destino and Luisa Miller display this beautifully. But the absolute acme of his performance comes with Otello. These two arias from the last act of the opera, show us Otello in steely, righteous rage, preparing to take his wife's life for her supposed infidelity and then, having strangled her, discovering her innocence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 4 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD
Kaufmann's versatility is really only now being truly seen. His Verdian delivery is wonderful, and the timbre of the voice embraces the music with a depth of colour and understanding that is rare. And, at last, we have a new Otello-in-the-making; this is the first time since the heyday of Domingo that the hairs on the back of my neck have risen to this music. Don't let them rush you into it, Kaufmann, take your time, because my instinct tells me that however long you need it will be well worth waiting for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Marvellous!!!!! Have played and played it - Jonas Kaufmann is just magical....
Published 13 days ago by Mary Power
1.0 out of 5 stars Failed to get this Album As I moved house and didn't change my Amazon...
I heard a sample track. On with the Motley and was blown over. I ordered and forgot to change my address. I tried to chase the people that bought my house. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tenor of our Time
Jonas Kaufmann can do no wrong and this recording of Verdi Arias proves it. this man is at the top of his career, and his rich and warm sounding voices fits like a glove in these... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. A. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars The Verdi Album
Great voice and interpretation! What more can I say?! HIghly recommend it for classical music lovers! Don't let it pass.
Published 6 months ago by Jose Moura Santos
5.0 out of 5 stars Goregeous
The music is gorgeous, the singing is gorgeous and the singer is gorgeous! The disk is worth every penny or euro! What a gift!
Published 7 months ago by Naomi Zeitlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic album
Jonas has a gorgeous voice and this selection perfectly show cases it. Good selection of tracks and worth buying if you like light opera.
Published 8 months ago by Karen S
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy to listen to - velvety voice
Have bought this CD now several times to give as present. Kaufmann is the best tenor performer of our present time - joy to watch and listen to - I have also bought the DVD Tosca... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cachirula
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a superior CD
I love Kaufmann's rich interpretation of the different Verdi- personalities he performs and his superb control over his voice. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marion Schmitz
4.0 out of 5 stars Great present
Bought for my mother-in-law as a gift for her birthday and she loves it. No problems with delivering straight to her home.
Published 8 months ago by MRS C M DAVIES
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
From this album it is clear that he retains absolute mastery over his voice. His first Otello will be the most eagerly awaited Verdi performance of the decade.
Published 8 months ago by Colin Macdonald
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