by Jonas KaufmannJonas Kaufmann


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German tenor Jonas Kaufmann is among the more versatile of today's singers, with a recorded catalog that stretches from later Italian opera to French works and even Schubert songs. This release suggests, however, that Wagner is his true métier. A Wagner greatest-hits album isn't really possible given the nature of his work, but this could work well as a collection of Wagner selections: it includes excerpts from works from the early "Rienzi" up to the "Ring" cycle, with an orchestral version of the Wesendonck-Lieder song cycle to bring down the curtain. And Kaufmann solidly grasps the different musical idioms; "Allmächtiger Vater, blick herab!" (Almighty Father, look down!), from "Rienzi," is close to a conventional aria, while the selections from "Die Walküre" and "Siegfried" consist of a sort of dialogic melody, carried out at perilously high pitches over long stretches of music. Kaufmann has the power to pull off the high notes without a trace of distortion or loss of the thread of the action, and equally to excel in the less athletic idiom of the songs. He gets able support from the Orchestra of the German Opera Berlin under Donald Runnicles. Recommended for all levels of Wagner listeners.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2013
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947851899
catalogNumber: 001802802
Rank: 109954


  1. Träume (Dreams) for violin & small orchestra in A flat major (from Wesendonck Lieder No. 5), WWV 91b
  2. Schmerzen ("Sonne, weinest jeden Abend..."), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Wesendonk Lieder), WWV 91/4
  3. Im Treibhaus ("Hochgewölbe Blätterkronen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Wesendonck Lieder), WWV 91/3
  4. Stehe still! ("Sausendes, brausendes Rad der Zeit"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Wesendonk Lieder), WWV 91/2
  5. Der Engel ("In der Kinkheit frühen Tagen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Wesendonk Lieder), WWV 91/1
  6. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: In fernem Land
  7. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Am stillen Herd
  8. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Inbrunst im Herzen
  9. Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen, opera, WWV 49: Allmächt'ger Vater, blick herab!
  10. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Daß der mein Vater nicht ist
  11. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Ein Schwert verhieß mir Vater

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