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True vocal artistry,
This review is from: Romantic Arias (Audio CD)
I remember when this CD came out back in 2008, it was my first encounter with Kaufmann and the delight of his singing is still immense. In the meantime Kaufman gave us more pleasures and became a major opera star, and rightly so. In many ways, this is still my favourite Kaufmann's album, the excitement of his first vocal `show-off' is palpable in his singing of wide selection of romantic opera arias, ranging from unavoidable tenor warhorses like `E lucevan e stele', over his (then recent) massive success in Bizet's `Carmen' to one of the finest accounts of Wagner's `Prize song' from `Die Meistersinger' I have ever heard.
This is not your usual romantic tenor strain-on-top-and-shout-out-loud. Kaufmann has a dark, almost baritone hue to his voice, and he manages to keep the same colour even to the highest of notes he's producing here. He is an intelligent singer in complete control of the language as much of the music. His dark vocal colour might not suit some, mainly those used to light `tenors' singing popular tunes that have highjack the market in the last few decades, but make no mistake - this is vocal artistry of a highest order. And for those who like Wagner as much as Puccini, it's a no brainer. Jonas Kaufmann is the only tenor today who can equally well deliver his lines in Italian and in German and I'm personally looking forward to him developing into a great Parsifal one fine day.