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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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  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann
  • Audio CD (15 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B00KXUW5KA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 761 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Paganini: "Girls Were Made to Love and Kiss"
2. The Land of Smiles: "You Are My Heart's Delight"
3. Der singende Traum: "Du bist die Welt für mich"
4. Frasquita: "My Little Nest of Heavenly Blue"
5. Liebeskommando: "Im Traum hast Du mir alles erlaubt"
6. Gräfin Mariza: "Grüß mir mein Wien"
7. Ein blonder Traum: "Irgendwo auf der Welt"
8. My Song Goes Round the World
9. Giuditta: "Freunde das Leben ist lebenswert!"
10. Victor und ihr Husar: "Reich mir zum Abschied noch einmal die Hände"
11. The White Horse Inn:"It Must Be Wonderful Indeed"
12. Die Blume von Hawaii: "Diwanpüppchen"
13. The Song is Over:"Don't Ask Me Why"
14. Das Lied einer Nacht: "Heute Nacht oder nie"
15. Die große Sünderin: "Das Lied vom Leben des Schrenk"
16. Die tote Stadt: "Glück, das mir verblieb"
17. Das Land des Lächelns: "Je t'ai donné mon coeur"

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Jonas Kaufmann
The World’s Greatest Tenor sings melodies from a Golden Era

STANDARD ONE CD JEWEL CASE VERSION

  • Jonas dedicates his new album to the golden era of German music which flourished in Berlin between 1925 & 1935.

  • He shows an undeniable mastery of this demanding repertoire, which was written for the leading tenors of the time.

  • ‘Lied vom Leben des Schrenk’ by Künneke in particular has only been recorded 3 times before and is hugely challenging vocally.

  • Jonas draws inspiration from an artistically rich and fascinating time of European musical history. The repertoire ranges from the Lehár-Tauber-Hits of the Roaring Twenties until the heyday of the mid 1930s which saw the eventual expulsion and banning of the composers, lyricists and singers who had defined the genre.

  • The repertoire draws from 3 strands of musical history (Talking movies, Operetta and Polystylistic composers) and shows Jonas’ voice at its most flexible.

  • The album naturally also includes operetta evergreens by the unbeatable composer-tenor pairing of Franz Lehàr and Richard Tauber – including “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz”, “Hab’ ein blaues Himmelbett ” and “Gern hab ich die Frauen geküßt”.

  • Jonas’ favoured encores - Richard Tauber’s famous self-penned “Du bist die Welt für mich” and “Ein Lied geht um die Welt” made famous by Joseph Schmidt in the movie of the same title - are also included.
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    23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Sept. 2014
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    Jonas Kaufmann brings his burnished timbre to a lighter idiom in this programme of operetta and film hits from Berlin dating from 1925 to 1935. The sequence moves from Lehar hit tunes through other comparable figures, including the great singer/composer Richard Tauber, for whom Lehar wrote, through to film music from the early 30s, with Robert Stolz bridging the gap, as he did between Berlin and Vienna. All the composers seemed to have some connection to both cities, in fact, but in the case of Stolz the route between the two was one to freedom for a number of Jewish artists fleeing the Nazis, hidden in the back of his limousine ... The music gives little sense of the cloud of Nazism that appeared during these years, nor of the economic crisis that precipitated it; rather, there is a feeling of fantasy and escapism, carried on waves of pure beauty. Kaufmann's voice is wonderful as ever, having an inherent nobility that is quite close to Tauber's own sound, but Kaufmann in a way is more reined in, perhaps less idiomatic. Nevertheless this classical - in the sense of Wagnerian - leaning does not detract, but if anything adds yet another nuance to a very rich terrain. The notes put everything into context, and make the whole album gel very well: male and female voices (in three duets), two cities, singing in German and English (plus one song in French), the comic and, occasionally, the dramatic ... there is an aria from Korngold's Die Tote Stadt as well as a highly virtuosic one from Eduard Kunneke whose high-toned splendour is a bit like Verdi. Nevertheless it is probably the melting Lehar/Tauber numbers that are the most affecting - Girls were made to love and kiss, and You are my heart's delight - and Kalman's Gruss mir mein Wien steals up on you ... Fans of Kaufmann or of the genre should not hesitate!
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Philip J. Wathen on 9 Oct. 2014
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    If you are of a certain age, then songs by Franz Lehár will be familiar. When I was very young, my grandmother gave me 12 inch 78s of Richard Tauber singing some of these songs which I played on a wind-up gramophone. It was wonderful to listen to these songs again, particularly 'My little nest of heavenly blue' which I had not heard for probably 60 years. Kaufmann is magnificent and this collection of songs, both familiar and unfamiliar, is a delight.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Passler on 18 Sept. 2014
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    Another sparkling album from Jonas Kaufmann, albeit different from his previous (Verdi, Wagner, Schubert, Strauss etc.) collections, it is bright and truly captures a bygone era. His voice is as expressive, rich and stirring as ever. Bravo!
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    22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. S. CROWE TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Sept. 2014
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    In the strange world of German light entertainment, certainly since the 1950s, it has become almost compulsory for renowned tenors especially to "cross over" into the world of operetta, show tunes and even popular songs. Rudolf Schock led the way hosting a long running radio then TV variety show, but great names such as Fritz Wunderlich, Nicolai Gedda, Rene Kollo, Peter Hofmann, Siegfried Jerusalem and very recently the highly regarded Piotr Beczala have all dipped their toes into this highly popular-and lucrative- market.

    I remember a fascinatingly awful experience of watching a German TV show in the early 90s hosted by a vocally decrepit Peter Hofmann, who opened proceedings by murdering the song "Delilah" made famous in the UK by Tom Jones, and in Europe also by tenor Karel Gott.

    Now THE German tenor of our era has stooped, sorry, crossed over to the light side in a splendidly filled collection of largely musical kitsch from the 1920s onward. Many of the usual suspects are present, with liberal portions of "schlag" from Lehar, Kalman, Tauber and Robert Stolz, with several numbers in very decent English.
    To add credibility to the proceedings, musicologist Thomas Voigt has researched original "Urtexts", so that each number appears in the original scoring for its version. If authenticity matters in this repertoire, then this has it in spades.
    It is beautifully recorded and played, and Kaufmann's baritonal tenor recalls the all time prime exponent of this repertoire, the great Tauber himself. Kaufmann has adapted his style-he doesn't launch himself fearlessly into these numbers in the manner of Wunderlich, but inasmuch as subtlety can be applied, he succeeds expertly.
    There is inevitably a fair amount of crooning, but this is what the repertoire calls for.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas F. Hornsby on 17 Dec. 2014
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    This Cd is possibly one I have played the most. In the car, in the bedroom in my garage. I cannot get enough of it. This tenor is fantastic and the choice of songs is terrific. I would give it 10 stars if it was possible.PS I am playing it at this moment
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W Munro on 18 Sept. 2014
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    I enjoyed this very much. I was surprised at myself because my other favourites of his are the Wagner and Winterreise CD's and I thought this one might be a bit chirpy. I bought it more in hope than certainty but I loved it! Fun, sparkly and made me smile a lot. In the Youtube short interview with him about the making of the CD he says that he had great fun recording the CD and it brought back memories of his grandmother, which made him smile even more while he was singing.

    Yes it's smoochy, schmaltzy and a chocolate box wrapped in beautiful ribbons with a cute kitten on the front of the box - but it's fun!
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