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Since his sensational debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in a performance of “La Traviata” in 2006, Jonas Kaufmann has numbered among the top stars on the operatic horizon. The international press has singled him out as the “new king of tenors”. Insiders praise him as the most important German tenor since Fritz Wunderlich.

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  • Vinyl (24 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B00DUPU5AC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,452 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Trev-R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Sept. 2013
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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If you are thinking of buying this album on MP3 only then I would reconsider. By buying the CD you get a free MP3 version on your cloud player which you can download. However the difference is this, the Cloud player Mp3 version is 320kbs but the CD version is 1440kbs and of much higher quality. This is especially true when comparing playback from a HiFi via headphones. Buy the CD then rip it yourself at a higher bit rate than amazon provide.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. E. OUTLAW on 18 Sept. 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Sept. 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Oct. 2013
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Well, here's a voice, and while I agree with Ralph Moore on Amazon.com that it perhaps isn't ideal for some of the music here, the quality of the voice itself, as well as Kaufmann's singing, musicianship, and dramatic instincts make this something to hear. I hope someone records him soon in "Otello," "Norma" and "Turandot" -- in between his Wagner engagements, that is. The middle and lower voice have a very special richness and beauty, and the top is totally secure, even if not quite Italianate in its vowel quality. The breath control and dynamic control are astonishing (the latter sometimes overdone), and the words are savored, even if the phrasing sometimes lacks an ideal flow. Nothing here is careless -- everything is thought out and, on the whole well-executed. Weak points for me are the "Boccanegra" scene (well sung, but doesn't "build") and the "Masnadieri" scene (not very interesting, with Chorus too far back). Very fine are the "Celeste Aida" and the "Otello" items, and absolutely outstanding is the "Trovatore" scene -- a slow but beautifully-phrased "Ah si, ben mio" and a thrilling "Di quella pira." The orchestral support is efficient -- not nearly in the Abbado class, as on Kaufmann's German recital -- and the voice is forwardly placed but not too much so. Make no mistake, though -- this is voice to savor.
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