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Kaufmann: Mozart/Schubert/Beethoven/Wagner

Kaufmann: Mozart/Schubert/Beethoven/Wagner

1 Jan 2009
4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2009
  • Release Date: 11 Feb. 2014
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: ℗© 2009 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:09:21
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  • ASIN: B002M3F1AM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,315 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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I have heard Jonas Kaufmann live (and been very impressed) but not yet in any Wagner. On the evidence of this disc, he is more than ready, as long as he has the vocal stamina, to take the world by storm in the big Wagnerian roles, culminating, I hope, one day - but not too soon - in Tristan. The real gems here are the two Lohengrin and two Parsifal arias which bookend the recital. Kaufmann is powerful, tender, touching and stirring by turns and the voice can do exactly what he wants it to: the pianissimo mezza-voce opening to "Mein Lieber Schwan!" is stunning; then he opens up into "O Elsa! Nur ein Jahr an deine Seite!" in a wholly convincing way: love and desperation perfectly combined in a melting, but virile, mix. Half way through the last "Parsifal" aria, it came to me; say "Jon Vickers" while you are listening to Kaufmann there and you come closest to the voice his most resembles: the husky, baritonal quality with a strange beauty of its own but which does not always quite suit the Romantic repertoire he can also undertake - hence the mixed reactions to his Pinkerton and the recital album "Romantic Arias". His voice is much more in the tradition of Vickers, Ramon Vinay and Ludwig Suthaus; it is quite absurd of one German reviewer to waffle on about how Kaufmann "carries on the great tradition of German tenors such as Fritz Wunderlich"; he sounds absolutely nothing like Wunderlich, much as I love both. Nor is he anything like the honeyed, sensuous tones of Domingo or the sunlit, thrilling sound of Pavarotti: this is not an Italianate voice but a real Heldentenor in the making, one to succeed Ben Heppner.Read more ›
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First, all credit to Claudio Abbado, who in these relatively short excerpts from operas establishes the particular sound world of each and (with excellent help from the sound engineers) renders it beautifully and in an ideal relation to the voice. If one doesn't believe that Abbado is one of the great conductors, this recording should settle the matter. And in Jonas Kaufmann he has the perfect soloist, for Kaufmann not only sings beautifully and securely, with power and grace, but he too is alive to the particular drama and texture of each piece of music he sings. There is not a routine moment anywhere on this disc. To get a sense of Kaufmann's responsiveness, sample the two Schubert items, each calling for a different set of skills: Kaufmann presents them both perfectly, and the excerpt from "Fierrabras" is not at all easy to make sound as credible and beautiful as it does here. My favorite track might be the long scene from the "Magic Flute," starting with "Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton" through the dialogue with the Speaker. First, it's thrilling to hear a voice of this size and quality sing Tamino's music, and then the dialogue with the Speaker is dramatically alive. Michael Volle is an engaged and very human Speaker, and he sings both beautifully and with great dramatic sense. I don't think I've heard the scene done better on record. The scene from "Fidelio" is thrilling too, with Abbado making the lead-in to the aria totally gripping and even frightening, and Kaufmann sounding (as he should) totally crazed by the end. Siegmund's Spring Song ("Wintersturme") is ardently done, and in the "Parsifal" extracts, both Kaufmann and Abbado show their mettle -- just listen to voice and orchestra after Kundry's lines in the first "Parsifal" track. Any disappointments?Read more ›
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Kaufmann continues his runaway domination of the German opera scene. His voice is developing into a splendid Heldentenor - his Wagner is most impressive and thrilling. This, surely is his new direction and I am in no doubt that he will succeed in the bigget roles in a few years time. What a joy to anticipate.
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Firstly, I will confess that I bought the set with a DVD as an extra, but I really do think it wasn't worth the additional £3 - especially as, except for the threat of prosecution if illegally played (which is irritatingly the only thing in English), everything else is in German and the interview with Jonas has no subtitles. So, unless your German is significantly better than mine, I would advise you to buy this version.
This is a very well constructed disc, living up to its name 'Sehnsucht' (longing), perfectly. It opens with scenes from Lohengrin and Zie Zauberflote - then moves on to a couple of Schubert songs which I had never heard. Jonas' interpretation of these two pieces is wonderfully poignant, leading me to wonder why I hadn't heard them before.
With Beethoven following and a perfect culmination of the Ring and Parsifal (giving us a taster of what is to come next season at the Met); this is a well balanced and gorgeous collection.
I bought this as a surprise for my wife on our Wedding Anniversary (as we are both head-over-heels in love with Kaufmann's voice) and a day hasn't gone by when we haven't played it.
Kaufmann's interpretation and diction are beyond compare and I can't praise this disk enough. In fact, my advice is that if you don't already own them, invest in his Strauss Lieder (HMC 9018779) and Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin (Decca: 478 1528) too. I doubt if any of these disks will remain unplayed in your colection for very long.
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