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5.0 out of 5 stars Well, my goodness . . ., 11 Oct 2013
This review is from: The Verdi Album (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 6 Mar 2014 01:43:45 GMT
Abert says:
Great recommendations. Audiences would certainly love to see and hear Kaufmann's Calaf and Otello!
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