The Best of Jonas Kaufmann

The Best of Jonas Kaufmann

by Jonas KaufmannJonas Kaufmann

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Overview

German tenor Jonas Kaufmann came on the scene in the mid-1990s and has gradually risen to the top rank of the operatic world. His is a remarkable voice in many ways. Like Plácido Domingo, to whom he is a sort of German opposite number, he excels in both Italian and German opera and also sings well in French and English (in an odd performance of a piece from Weber's "Oberon," track 17). He adds freely dramatic shaping to lines of the big Verdi and Puccini tunes, almost always defamiliarizing them in ways that seem personal and passionate, with a bit of vocal gravel applied at just the right moment. Kaufmann has done his part to rediscover a languishing repertory, in his case verismo opera from around the turn of the century, and this Best of Jonas Kaufmann collection may be worth the price simply for the little-heard "Ombra di nube" of Licinio Refice (track 15). The collection represents a good mix of standards and innovative thinking. And, through it all, there's the kind of power that just doesn't come along often. It took a while for general listeners to wake up to the fact that Kaufmann is close to the best out there. This collection draws on recordings made between 2002 and 2010, with a variety of orchestras that are all completely overshadowed by Kaufmann's vocal artistry. It's a fine place to start with a singer well on his way to becoming a household name like the great voices of the past.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/03/2013
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947860297
catalogNumber: 001894302
Rank: 115122

Tracks

  1. Don Carlo, opera: Io l'ho perduta!... Io la vidi, e il suo sorriso

    1. Io l'ho perduta!... Io la vidi, e il suo sorriso  (03:45)
  2. La Traviata, opera: Lunge da lei... De' miei bollenti spiriti... Annin

    1. Lunge da lei... De' miei bollenti spiriti... Annina, donde vieni?... O mio rimorso  (07:26)
  3. Rigoletto, opera: Ella mi fu rapita!... Parmi veder le lagrime

    1. Ella mi fu rapita!... Parmi veder le lagrime  (05:28)
  4. La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina

    1. Che gelida manina  (05:08)
  5. Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle

    1. E lucevan le stelle  (03:23)
  6. La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso

    1. Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso  (03:03)
  7. Pagliacci, opera: Recitar!... Vesti la giubba

    1. Recitar!... Vesti la giubba  (03:40)
  8. Carmen, opera: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée

    1. La fleur que tu m'avais jetée  (04:20)
  9. Iris, opera (melodramma) in 3 acts: Apri la tua finestra

    1. Apri la tua finestra  (02:44)
  10. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intanto, amici, qua, beviamone un bicchiere!... Vi

    1. Intanto, amici, qua, beviamone un bicchiere!... Viva il vino spumeggiante (Drinking Song)  (02:51)
  11. Lamento di Federico, aria (from "L'Arlesiana"): È la solita storia del pastore (Lamento di Federic

    1. È la solita storia del pastore (Lamento di Federico)  (04:35)
  12. Fedora, opera: Amor ti vieta

    1. Amor ti vieta  (01:48)
  13. Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Toute mon âme est là!... Pourquoi me réveiller

    1. Toute mon âme est là!... Pourquoi me réveiller  (03:08)
  14. Faust, opera: Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre?... Salut! demeure

    1. Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre?... Salut! demeure chaste et pure  (06:15)
  15. Ombra di nube for voice & piano (or orchestra)  (03:26)
  16. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön

    1. Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön  (03:57)
  17. Oberon, opera, J. 306: I revel in hope and joy again

    1. I revel in hope and joy again  (03:23)
  18. Cäcilie ("Wenn du es wüsstest"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/2 (TrV 170/2)  (02:13)
  19. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (original Wagner

    1. Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (original Wagner concert ending)  (03:49)
  20. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Morgenlich leuchtend (Prize Song)

    1. Morgenlich leuchtend (Prize Song)  (05:16)

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