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Romantic Arias
     

Romantic Arias

by Jonas Kaufmann, Jonas Kaufmann
 
A quickly rising talent, the young German tenor Jonas Kaufmann seems on the brink of a major career. With scene-stealing good looks and a voice that's notable for its deep, rich colors, it's no wonder he's been hailed as the most impressive German tenor since Fritz Wunderlich. Never mind that he sounds absolutely nothing like Wunderlich: His is an attractive and

Overview

A quickly rising talent, the young German tenor Jonas Kaufmann seems on the brink of a major career. With scene-stealing good looks and a voice that's notable for its deep, rich colors, it's no wonder he's been hailed as the most impressive German tenor since Fritz Wunderlich. Never mind that he sounds absolutely nothing like Wunderlich: His is an attractive and distinctive instrument, and he applies it to a broad swath of repertoire on this recital, his solo debut on the Decca label. Puccini's "Che gelida manina" sounds unusually seductive here, thanks to Kaufmann's plush tone and relaxed phrasing, while Bizet's "Flower Song" is delivered with the ardor of a love-struck romantic. The aria from Der Freischütz, a relative rarity among more familiar company, shines in the tenor's native tongue, but finest of all is the "Prize Song" from Wagner's Die Meistersinger. It's a fervent, intoxicating performance and the standout track on an impressive recital.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - John Steane
Kaufmann's voice, warm and full-bodied in its middle register, has an excitingly brilliant top. It has a Latin richness and the elements are well integrated.... For the most part this recital is a triumph.
Classic FM Magazine
[March 2008 Disc of the Month] Kaufmann perfectly captures the essence of each character in the few minutes he has for each aria.
The Guardian - Tim Ashley
Kaufmann is very much a theatrical animal, and though he delivers everything with that dark, sexy tone that makes him so remarkable, you're also aware that he is most responsive when the dramatic context is at its most extreme.
Daily Telegraph - Richard Wigmore
Criticism is all but silenced by the grace and ardour of his phrasing, and those thrilling, unforced top notes.... A feast of glorious tenor singing.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2008
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947599661
catalogNumber:
001083702
Rank:
61254

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Performance Credits

Jonas Kaufmann   Primary Artist,Vocals
Marco Armiliato   Conductor
Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Jana Sibera   Vocals
Jonas Kaufmann   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Hector Berlioz   Text
Richard Wagner   Text
Dirk Rudolph   Art Direction
Kenneth Chalmers   Text Translation
Avril Bardoni   Text Translation
Oldrich Slezak   Engineer
Michel Carré   Text
Peggy Cochrane   Text Translation
Andrew Huth   Text Translation
Ludovic Halévy   Text
Henri Meilhac   Text
Ivan Zbiral   Engineer
Giuseppe Giacosa   Text
Luigi Illica   Text
Francesco Maria Piave   Text
Valérie Gross   Executive Producer
Gwyn Morris   Text
Peter Branscombe   Text Translation
Achille de Lauzières   Text Translation
Angelo Zanardini   Text Translation
Philippe Gille   Text
Paul Milliet   Text
Edouard Blau   Text
Christopher Alder   Producer
Johann Friderich Kind   Text
Friedrich Wilhelm Riese   Text
Joseph Méry   Text
Camille du Locle   Text
Roger Pines   Liner Notes
Diana Reed   Text Translation
Georges Hartmann   Text
Almire Gandonniere   Text
Jules Barbier   Text

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