Verismo Arias

Verismo Arias


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Verismo Arias

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann offers his latest operatic recital on Decca: Verismo Arias, focusing on music by Zandonai, Giordano, Cilea, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Boito, Ponchielli, and Refice. With arias from such favorites as Andrea Chénier, Mefistofele, La Gioconda, Adriana Lecouvreur, and Pagliacci, along with rarities from Giulietta e Romeo, I Lituani, and other works, this program is ablaze with operatic passion and Kaufmann's signature, burnished sound and ringing tenor voice. From the Label

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Release Date: 04/19/2011
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947822585
catalogNumber: 001546302
Rank: 143305


  1. Andrea Chénier, opera: Vicino a te
  2. Ombra di nube for voice & piano (or orchestra): Era il ciel un arco azzurro di fulgor
  3. La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Cielo e mar!
  4. I Lituani, opera: Sì, questa estrema grazia
  5. Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: La dolcissima effigie
  6. Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: L'anima ho stanca
  7. Fedora, opera: Amor ti vieta
  8. Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: Giunto sul passo estremo
  9. Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: Dai campi, dai prati
  10. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Mamma! Mamma, quel vino è generoso
  11. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intanto, amici, qua, beviamone un bicchiere! ... V
  12. Pagliacci, opera: Recitar! ... Vesti la giubba
  13. La bohème, opera: Musette! ... Testa adorata
  14. L'Arlesiana, opera: È la solita storia del pastore (Lamento di Federic
  15. Andrea Chénier, opera: Come un bel dì di maggio
  16. Andrea Chénier, opera: Colpito qui m'avete... Un dì all'azzurro spazio (I
  17. Giulietta E Romeo, opera: Giulietta son io

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Verismo Arias 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
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