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on 30 September 2013
Jonas Kaufmann is certainly - for me at any rate - the most exciting , inspiring and soul-refreshing Tenor of this generation.
His timbre is unmatched, his pianissimi phantastic his forte overwhelming and his acting quite superb.
The arias he sings on this CD are very beautiful, one and all.
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on 6 September 2013
A great diversity in this cd enchants and convinces Mr Kaufmann is today's very best tenor.
I would have preferred 'Ruler of this Awful Hour' instead of 'I revel in hope and joy again' but I guess it may not have fitted in well as the 17th aria. A necessary and great buy even if one's owns already every other cd from this great artist.
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on 22 April 2017
What a star the man is/
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on 26 June 2017
brilliant
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on 9 March 2017
as expected - but not a Pavarotti
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on 1 March 2017
Go o o o rgeous
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on 4 May 2017
great recordings
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on 27 March 2017
BOUGHT FOR A FRIEND. WHO ADORES HIM
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on 11 September 2016
It is an excellent CD!
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 2 September 2013
This disc gives an excellent overview of the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann in all the great Romantic opera composers. As a newcomer to his voice, I found it useful to get to know his dramatic sound and hear it turned to account across the board in repertoire of that period. He is ideal for Verdi, being a singer who seems to imply some narrative direction as opposed to the sheer beauty, say, of Joseph Calleja. There is a slightly rough-hewn, woody quality to the sound which gets the drama of Verdi or Wagner. However it is also effective in Puccini in that it works against sentimentality and arguably brings more grandeur to the vocal line. He sounds a bit like a baritone, which is heard to superb effect in the concluding Wagner items, including a wondrous `Wintersturme ...' from Die Walkure, recorded in 2007 and 2008 - the two years, along with 2010, which most of the material dates from. The only exception is a Weber aria from Oberon sung in English, recorded in Watford in 2002. He has very good diction in English, unexpected as it is from a glance at the programme. A few isolated items from the French repertoire - Carmen, Werther and Faust - are particularly lovely, while the two previously unreleased items are both under three minutes. Strauss's Cacilie is sumptuous, while an aria from Mascagni's Iris struck me less, but has, I presume, a certain rarity value. There are also a couple of well-placed chorus items, a number from Puccini's La Rondine being especially charming. Altogether it is, at nearly 80 minutes, a multi-course feast, with Kaufmann's swarthy cover picture suggesting a baronial mien entirely in keeping. Only the pewter goblet is missing ...
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