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Jonas Kaufmann Sings Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven & Wagner

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Tenor Jonas Kaufmann is determined not to let himself be pigeonholed, as is evident in the diversity of his repertoire, which not only spans musical eras, but stretches into roles associated with a variety of vocal types, from Mozart to Massenet, Puccini, and Wagner. Usually classified as a spinto, Kaufmann's tenor has a sometimes surprisingly baritonal quality that would seem to make him an ideal candidate for Wagner, to whom half of this disc of German operatic arias is devoted. The results are not entirely consistent, but Kaufmann generally fulfills the expectation that he may develop into a first-rate heldentenor. He is most successful in a wonderfully lyrical ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Tenor Jonas Kaufmann is determined not to let himself be pigeonholed, as is evident in the diversity of his repertoire, which not only spans musical eras, but stretches into roles associated with a variety of vocal types, from Mozart to Massenet, Puccini, and Wagner. Usually classified as a spinto, Kaufmann's tenor has a sometimes surprisingly baritonal quality that would seem to make him an ideal candidate for Wagner, to whom half of this disc of German operatic arias is devoted. The results are not entirely consistent, but Kaufmann generally fulfills the expectation that he may develop into a first-rate heldentenor. He is most successful in a wonderfully lyrical "Winterstürme," and in two extended excerpts from "Parsifal," where he cuts loose with thrilling power. In the program notes, he writes that he considers "Lohengrin" Wagner's most Italianate role and tries to bring to it a typically bel canto lyricism. In the quieter passages, particularly in "Mein liebe Schwan!," though, his voice tends to sound reined-in and loses some power when he lowers the volume. The vocal strength and depth he brings to the repertoire usually taken by lighter tenors, such as the "Zauberflöte" excerpts, requires a moment of adjustment on the listener's part, but offers a refreshing take on the roles. He brings dramatic intensity to "Gott! Welch Dunkel hier!" from "Fidelio." Two rarities are arias from Schubert's "Fierabras" and "Alfonso and Estrella," but Kaufmann's voice occasionally sounds somewhat covered. Kaufmann receives top-notch support from Claudio Abbado, who leads the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in exceptionally sensitive and shapely accompaniments. Decca's sound is clean and clear, but the voice gets swamped by the orchestra in a few of the louder passages.
Washington Post - Anne Midgette
Kaufmann is a beautifully expressive singer.... Musically, Kaufmann has no problem with any of it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947814634
  • Catalog Number: 001413202
  • Sales rank: 8,364

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: In fernem Land - Richard Wagner & Richard Wagner (5:51)
  2. 2 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Mein lieber Schwan! - Richard Wagner & Richard Wagner (5:04)
  3. 3 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Claudio Abbado (3:56)
  4. 4 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Die Weisheitslehre dieser Knaben... Wie stark ist - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Claudio Abbado (10:28)
  5. 5 Fierabras, opera, D. 796: Was quälst du mich, o Mißgeschick!... In tiefbewgt - Franz Schubert & Claudio Abbado (5:57)
  6. 6 Alfonso und Estrella, opera, D. 732: Schon wenn es beginnt zu tagen - Franz Schubert & Claudio Abbado (4:40)
  7. 7 Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Gott! welch Dunkel hier! - Ludwig van Beethoven & Claudio Abbado (10:42)
  8. 8 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (original Wagner - Richard Wagner & Richard Wagner (3:51)
  9. 9 Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Amfortas! - Die Wunde! - Richard Wagner & Richard Wagner (9:11)
  10. 10 Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Nur eine Waffe taugt - Richard Wagner & Richard Wagner (9:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jonas Kaufmann Primary Artist
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