Written for the tenor voice I think the cycle is IMHO more suited to the baritone, but of course Jonas Kaufmann has voice that is ideally suited being dark in timbre and an ability to convey emotion that evades other tenors. It goes without saying that his diction and intonation are beyond reproach and his interpretation reflects the effort and study he puts into his preparation. He delivers this cycle with what I can only describe as a 'beauty' and clarity which is reinforced by Helmut Deutsch's insightful and sympathetic piano playing based on their intimate working relationship.... has in fact the student now become the master? I can only compare this recording to my previous personal favourite the Vickers/Schaaf one. However I believe this recording is overall more rewarding to listen too.
The technical and engineering quality of this recording is excellent and what you would expect from Sony. I played the CD first then ripped it to FLAC for playing from my media server and I cannot tell the difference.
This recording is right on so many levels and continues to support Mr Kaufmann's position as today's leading Tenor with only Joseph Calleja of a similar caliber. I actually now listen to as much Kaufmann as Bjorling and more than Domingo or Pavarotti. .
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