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on 27 October 2013
I would please like to not be lynched by the scores of Kaufmann fans out there for saying this: I did not see fireworks with this album. I expected them. Goosebumps, in-your-face emotions, fireworks, the lot; the sort of thing that happens to your ears (and body) when you meet with great art and enormous performances. Just this evening I listened to this CD at a dinner party and it didn't sweep me off my feet. I cannot pinpoint the "why", but it feels like it might have been a "rush" 2013 release to be made quickly after the Kaufmann Wagner album; (undoubtedly he wanted to release both during 2013 to coincide with the two composers' bicentenary). One wishes he could have taken his time and released this in 2014.
Kaufmann took great care of Wagner and that album is massive. I honestly say that- and I am no fan of Wagner: With the exception of "The Flying Dutchman", (which all hard core Wagnerites claim is the opera of choice for people, like me, who don't really know/appreciate Wagner), the only "Richard" for me is Strauss.
We Verdi fans have taken a beating this year, the year when Wagner "rules", when he is "trendy" and it is decidedly unfashionable to say you might (just might) prefer Verdi's music. I feel Kaufmann let us "Verdians" down, just a bit. He lent all his passion, gravitas and fire to his Wagner CD and threw Verdi the leftovers of his soul.
Buy the Wagner album instead.
(PS: Intermezzo please do NOT find me and kill me; I honestly love Jonas, I do!)