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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 16 September 2013
A fabulous start for Jonas Kaufmann in his association with Sony, not only does it include tracks of his current roles but also ones from his past and reputedly ones he is planning to sing in the near future.

Starting with track one from his past repertoire - "La donna è mobile" which is sung with such power, control and beauty and towards the end we have the Otello which is one of his future roles and gives a glimpse of the extraordinary performances to come, this is the role meant for him, his use of drama and dark undertones as he fills the speakers with an interpretation of opera 'tragedy' that is beyond anyone else singing today (even Domingo IMHO)

If you need any further proof of why Kaufmann is so loved by his fans then just listen to the dynamic range and control of his voice when singing `Celeste Aida', something most will be familiar with, but just listen to the last note....wow!

We have had some superb releases this year from Kaufmann, Calleja and some not so good, Verdi - Netrebko (Anna what were you thinking) this recording reinforces Jonas Kaufmann's position as probably the greatest Tenor of his generation and one who has all the possibility of exceeding the stratospheric heights reached by Placido Domingo. We are very lucky that Joseph Calleja is just a few years behind and nipping at his heels.

Amazon Cloud/Mp3 vs CD
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If you are thinking of buying this album on MP3 only then I would reconsider. By buying the CD you get a free MP3 version on your cloud player which you can download. However the difference is this, the Cloud player Mp3 version is 320kbs but the CD version is 1440kbs and of much higher quality. This is especially true when comparing playback from a HiFi via headphones. Buy the CD then rip it yourself at a higher bit rate than amazon provide.
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on 9 September 2014
I have most of Jonas Kaufmann's CDs and love them all, though I think my favourite is still the 'Romantic Arias'. I re-ordered this CD, having already bought it when it first appeared, because I had inadvertently left the disc in a friend's player (as it turned out later !) and just couldn't live without it ! That gives you an idea of how much I appreciate Jonas - his voice has a quality rare in tenors, an incomparable ability to transmit emotion that reaches the depths of the human psyche. Not only that but an intelligence par excellence along with a stage presence that totally engages his audience. This selection of arias documents Jonas' talents at this stage in his career but is also an outstanding tribute to the composer's genius to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth.
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on 19 October 2013
After watching Jonas Kaufman in Parsifal which ran for many hours I am one of his biggest fans. I have come to Opera late in life and I am swept away by Verdi's music. The album starts with music from Rigoletto which is my favourite Verdi opera because it is so tragic....the idea that a loving father could be responsible (by mistake) for the death of his much adored daughter then continues with other amazing arias from Aida, Don Carlo and Otello. Highly recommended.
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on 14 March 2017
Stunning, quick delivery!
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on 24 September 2013
Just the number one tenor of the moment. Actually some of the stock numbers -- La Donna e Mobile -- are ordinary but the second half of the disc where Kaufman's dramatic baritonal voice takes over is thrilling.
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on 15 September 2015
I bought this for my Mum and she loves it. She has others by Kaufmann and loves them all.
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One of the best
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on 12 May 2015
Good recording enjoyed the voice but missed the sweetness of Placido Domingo in these arias - Domingo is still to be preferred!
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on 17 November 2017
Good condition item. Great value for money and nice packaging. Like this artist a lot. Would buy more of him.
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on 12 December 2013
The wonderful voice of Jonas Kaufmann, who sings like an angel,with every word clearly audible.Lovely!!
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