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Jonas Kaufmann returns to the Italian verismo tradition to sing arias that define opera’s most passionate and vulnerable leading men. Kaufmann’s international reputation is soaring as, going from strength to strength, he delivers consistently thrilling performances. The onyx-dark beauty of his tone and the refinement and unexpected insights of his delivery mark Jonas Kaufmann a poet of tenors. Timed to coincide with his role debut as Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur at Covent Garden opposite Angela Gheorghiu, this disc includes excerpts from the Cilea work that helped put Caruso on the map. This album also entices with rarities from Zandonai’s dramatic Giulietta e Romeo and Puccini’s Le Villi. Supporting Jonas Kaufmann is Italy’s leading symphonic orchestra, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, under its dynamic music director Antonio Pappano. Both maestro and orchestra are utterly at home in this repertoire.
Top Customer Reviews
I have got most, if not all, of Kaufmann's DVDs and vocal albums. Like most German tenors, he started out as a 'lyrical tenor' singing Mozart and Schubert and some baroque roles. Indeed, he has been a strikingly good interpretor even in his earlier years.
His debut album for Decca was 'Romantic Arias' for tenor. That album contained mostly Italian (and a number of French) operatic arias, and he struck me as being better in the French stuff than the Italian.
Hence it is not without trepidation that I approached his recent solo release on Italian 'verismo' opera arias.
An instant relief was gained when I finished off the second track and approahced the third. Yes - the album is a consistently high-standard performance of some of the most dramatically intense operatic arias.
Kaufmann is never 'Italianate' in the same way as Corelli or del Monaco, nor Placido Domingo. However, he is nonetheless an exceptionally intelligent interpretor, and actually succeeds admirably in forming his own verismo style with a wonderful deployment of his unique timbre.
No - his is NOT the 'successor' of Placido Domingo, nor Jon Vickers, nor of any one, in fact. With his ravishingly expressive voice and wonderful characterisations, he IS a new phenomenon - the 'Kaufmann Phenomenon'.
Indeed, his performance in this album is nowhere short of being phenomenal. His former slight restrictions in Italian repertoire have become 'former' - one immediately senses a big step forward both in terms of vocal production and musical style.Read more ›
Kaufmann is a German, as was the late, great Fritz Wunderlich. Wunderlich sang the Italian repertoire too, but almost all his recorded work is sung in German, as was the fashion in the Germany of his day. Not so Jonas Kaufmann, he sings in the language in which the opera was written, be it German or French or Italian. He first CD explored the familiar Italian and French repertory followed by a second CD where he concentrated mainly on Wagner plus a little of Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven.
Now with this new disc, he is back in the Italian field, all the items from the 19th century, but this time, he mixes the familiar with some lesser known works, and avoids Puccini and Verdi altogether. For instance, there is an aria from the Leoncavallo 'La Boheme' and some lesser known pieces by Zandonai, Ponchielli and Refice. The voice is thrillingly powerful but he is perfectly capable of singing softly when necessary. Some may find the voice a little dark for this kind of singing, but I do not think it matters one bit. Try this disc, I believe that you will not regret it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely amazing...Superb voice and great musicality. JK is the best, insuperable tenor of our age.Published 4 months ago by Markéta
Superb! I think this might even be my favourite Jonas Kaufmann CD, and that's saying something!Published 6 months ago by Anonymous
A delightful CD. Jonas Kaufmann must be the greatest and most popular tenor in the world today.Very pleased with the service we received from this seller.Published 13 months ago by Eric Rooney
I cannot sing Kaufmann's praises enough. Wonderful album, beautiful collection of arias from a truly extraordinary Tenor of our age.Published 17 months ago by E. E. Stone
I have come to this CD a long time after it was issued and I regret this. It is a concentration of emotion, power, anguish, anger.. Read morePublished 17 months ago by liz brereton
Who wouldn't love any new recording with wonderful Jonas Kaufmann. However, the choice of some of the songs is a bit "boring" .. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Annika Brussels, Belgium
Displaying a wonderful dramatic depth to singing dramatic/lyric arias. Kaufmann is, like Joseph calleja, a wonderful and different league of tenor today.Published on 11 Sept. 2013 by Tomboy
A tenor at his peak comparable with Wunderlich, but with a different timbre. To be recommended to all opera loversPublished on 6 April 2013 by The Devonian