Romantic Arias

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
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.
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.

[March 2008 Disc of the Month] Kaufmann perfectly captures the essence of each character in the few minutes he has for each aria.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2008
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947599661
  • Catalog Number: 001083702
  • Sales rank: 16,125

Album Credits

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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  • Posted March 12, 2011

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    Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, He Really Is That Good!

    Jonas Kaufmann is developing a committed following and for good reason. Having just come from a recital in Los Angeles where he (and pianist Helmut Deutsch) presented an extraordinary evening - Part One Schumann ('Aus den Kerner-Liedern' and 'Dichterliebe', and Part Two Strauss 'Schlichte Weisen: Fünf Gedichte von Felix Dahn) and Vier Lieder, Opus 27) - that resulted in a tumultuous response from a full house demanding seven encores, it is clear that his impact on his audience is very powerful. Having concentrated on Kaufmann's three recital sets of lieder, this listener decided to give Kaufmann's operatic CD a try: he is as great with opera arias known as warhorses as he is with lieder. Jonas Kaufmann's voice is burnished bronze and gold. His range is tenor but his sound bridges both tenor and baritone. He is able to produce volumes of sound and at the next moment sing pianissimos that require the finest breath control. This CD is a pleasure to hear: singing from a tenor who understands the meaning of each of these varied arias, able to convey in one aria the complexity of the character, and yet avoid the crooning and bleating and theatrics that so often disrupt the musical line in other tenors' voices and manners. He elicits the love struck ardor of Puccini's heroes, offers a perfect 'Morgenlich leuchtend' form Wagners 'Die Meistersinger', manages to convey the depth of Verdi's fatal romances, offers one of the finest interpretations of Massenet's 'Werther', strengthens the Berlioz 'Invocation' from 'La Damnation de Faust', and on and on. In addition to being a full voiced, intelligent and musical artist, Kaufmann is also exceedingly handsome and strikes a irresistible stage presence. It will be interesting to hear his new CD of Verismo Arias. He is the real thing! Grady Harp

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Jonas is the new dream tenor

    Interesting selection of material. His voice is beautifully dramatic. I
    thought his french intonation in the Werther was poor but he was outstanding in the Carmen. I hope to hear more from him.

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