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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Jonas Kaufmann has taken care in his professional choices not to be pigeonholed and has successfully tackled roles in German, French, and Italian operas ranging from Monteverdi and Mozart to Schoenberg and world premieres, as well as singing lieder and symphonic works. These verismo arias show off Kaufmann's mastery of this repertoire and his ease in bringing an authentically Italianate sensibility to this music. The recital includes a good mix of the familiar, the off-the-beaten-track, and the genuinely obscure. In the last category are some real gems, including arias from Zandonai's "Giulietta e Romeo" and Ponchielli's "I Lituani," both dramatically charged pieces ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Jonas Kaufmann has taken care in his professional choices not to be pigeonholed and has successfully tackled roles in German, French, and Italian operas ranging from Monteverdi and Mozart to Schoenberg and world premieres, as well as singing lieder and symphonic works. These verismo arias show off Kaufmann's mastery of this repertoire and his ease in bringing an authentically Italianate sensibility to this music. The recital includes a good mix of the familiar, the off-the-beaten-track, and the genuinely obscure. In the last category are some real gems, including arias from Zandonai's "Giulietta e Romeo" and Ponchielli's "I Lituani," both dramatically charged pieces notable for their overt expressiveness and lyricism. All of Kaufmann's performances have a riveting intensity and display his investment in bringing the characters fully to life; he invests all his roles with intelligence and intense feeling. His voice tends to have a baritonal quality that serves him well in some repertoire, but he's in complete control of an expansive palette of colors and is able to deliver beautifully calibrated readings of these diverse arias, from the melancholy tenderness of the opening of "Lamento di Federico" from Cilea's "L'Arlesiana" to the gritty anguish of "Vesti la giubba" to the romantic effusions of "Vicino a te" from "Andrea Chénier," in which he's paired with soprano Eva-Marie Westbroek. What remains constant throughout is his clarion vocal power, which is evident whether it's being given full rein or held in check. He is also a master of the broadly arching lyrical phrase, which makes him ideally suited to these passionate roles. He has first-rate support from Antonio Pappano, an exceptionally gifted opera conductor, leading the Chorus and Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma. Decca's sound is clean and the balance is excellent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2011
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947822585
  • Catalog Number: 001546302
  • Sales rank: 58,513

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Giulietta E Romeo, opera: Giulietta son io - Riccardo Zandonai & Ruggero Leoncavallo (4:48)
  2. 2 Andrea Chénier, opera: Colpito qui m'avete... Un dì all'azzurro spazio (I - Arrigo Boito & Umberto Giordano (4:53)
  3. 3 Andrea Chénier, opera: Come un bel dì di maggio - Arrigo Boito & Umberto Giordano (2:52)
  4. 4 L'Arlesiana, opera: È la solita storia del pastore (Lamento di Federic - Francesco Cilèa & Umberto Giordano (4:34)
  5. 5 La bohème, opera: Musette! ... Testa adorata - Francesco Cilèa & Ruggero Leoncavallo (3:21)
  6. 6 Pagliacci, opera: Recitar! ... Vesti la giubba - Ruggero Leoncavallo & Ruggero Leoncavallo (3:41)
  7. 7 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intanto, amici, qua, beviamone un bicchiere! ... V - Pietro Mascagni & Francesco Cilèa (2:50)
  8. 8 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Mamma! Mamma, quel vino è generoso - Pietro Mascagni & Francesco Cilèa (3:48)
  9. 9 Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: Dai campi, dai prati - Arrigo Boito & Arrigo Boito (2:35)
  10. 10 Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: Giunto sul passo estremo - Arrigo Boito & Arrigo Boito (3:23)
  11. 11 Fedora, opera: Amor ti vieta - Umberto Giordano & Arturo Colautti (1:48)
  12. 12 Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: L'anima ho stanca - Francesco Cilèa & Pietro Mascagni (2:02)
  13. 13 Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: La dolcissima effigie - Francesco Cilèa & Pietro Mascagni (2:30)
  14. 14 I Lituani, opera: Sì, questa estrema grazia - Amilcare Ponchielli & Ruggero Leoncavallo (2:32)
  15. 15 La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Cielo e mar! - Amilcare Ponchielli & Arrigo Boito (5:23)
  16. 16 Ombra di nube for voice & piano (or orchestra): Era il ciel un arco azzurro di fulgor - Licinio Refice & Amilcare Ponchielli (3:23)
  17. 17 Andrea Chénier, opera: Vicino a te - Riccardo Zandonai & Umberto Giordano (7:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jonas Kaufmann Primary Artist
Antonio Pappano Primary Artist
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  • Posted April 19, 2011

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    Sheer Vocal Beauty: Jonas Kaufmann and the Italian Repertoire

    Jonas Kaufmann continues to amaze. Not only has he become one of the most popular and loved recitalists (six encores at his recent Los Angeles recital of lieder) who has successfully entered the arena of brilliant lieder singers, but he also has such a magnificent baritone-colored tenor voice and sports such a fitting physique on the stage that he is a natural to be cast in the versimo operas. And that is what he delivers generously on this new release. Collaborating with Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Jonas Kaufmann is sure to gain an even wider audience with his intelligent, well-focused masculine tenor with which he adds to the definition of 'verismo' - the realism of operatic literature. The selection on this recording is wide ranging, another suggestion that Kaufmann is not satisfied to fill a CD with the expected. Some of the arias are Enrico Caruso favorites while others are from rarely heard operas today. For example he offers arias from 'Giulietta e Romeo' composed by Zandonai, 'I Lituani' by Ponchelli, Leoncavallo's 'La Boheme' (instead of opting of the popular Puccini version), and the incredibly beautiful 'Ombra di nube' by Licinio Refice (1883 - 1954) - a priest and composer few have ever heard. But Kaufmann does not rest on his intellect of introducing arias for the novelty of it all. He graciously includes the great 'Pagliacci' aria of Leoncavallo, two arias from Mascagni's 'Cavalleria rusitcana', two arias from Boito's 'Mefistofele', memorable interpretations from Giordano's 'Andrea Chenier' and 'Fedora' , and from Francesco Cilèa's operas 'L'Arlesiana' and 'Adriana Lecouvreur'. Some may feel this voice is too large for the tenor styles and sounds we are used to hearing in these roles, but Jonas Kaufmann's burnished bronze tone does not hamper him from tackling the very high notes with complete ease but his vocal control is so polished that he is able to deliver the pianissimos with equal ease and beauty of timbre. This is a remarkable recital by a gifted tenor - now equally at home in the Italian roles as he is the master of the German repertoire. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp

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