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Romantic Arias / Jonas Kaufmann, Marco Armiliato, Prague PO

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Flotow, Friedrich v. : Martha, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Der Freischütz, J 277
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24
>Massenet, Jules : Werther
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Notes & Reviews:

Jonas Kaufmann is without question the most versatile tenor of his generation, and his current repertoire includes an astonishing range of opera roles from Mozart to Wagner. He is also a celebrated Lieder interpreter, equally at home on the concert platform. His Decca Debut album celebrates a luscious range of Romantic opera arias, showcasing the astonishing diversity of his voice. Jonas Kaufmann has made stunning debuts in many of the world's leading opera houses in recent seasons.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The more delicate critical constitutions among us will recoil at the very idea of there being any- thing so distasteful as a World's Top Tenor, but were such a position available and the title to be competed for, there would probably be no stronger candidate at the present time than Jonas Kaufmann.

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. The German component (his home town is Munich, though you might have thought Vienna more likely) accounts for the broader musicianship that shapes his phrases and fashions his tone as an instrument sensitive to modulations of sense and sound. The recital opens with Rodolfo's La bohème narrative, and fine as that is, the Flower Song from Carmen, which follows, is still better. Deeply touching in the sincerity of its appeal, it is nevertheless offered as song, its lyrical inviolate, the B flat of 'et j'étais une chose à toi', a climax not of volume but of devoted tenderness. And the recorded sound catches him most truly in this. Along with the Rigoletto, Don Carlos and Manon arias, it brings him before us as remembered 'in the flesh', whereas elsewhere some element in the tonal balance (an over - insistence on upper frequencies perhaps) somehow blurred the individuality.

The Traviata disappoints: too heroic in the recitative, almost completely unsmiling in the aria (he should hear Gigli). For the most part, though, this recital is a triumph.



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>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Che gelida manina
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (08/05/2007-08/06/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (08/05/2007-08/06/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Flotow, Friedrich v. : Martha, opera :: Ach! so fromm
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (08/05/2007-08/06/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: E lucevan le stelle
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (08/05/2007-08/06/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos :: Io l'ho perduta!... Io la vidi, e il suo sorriso
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (08/05/2007-08/06/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Der Freischütz, J 277 :: Nein, länger trag' ich nicht die Qualen... Durch die Wälder,
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (08/05/2007-08/06/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1817-1821

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Lunge da lei... De' miei bollenti spiriti... Annina, donde vieni?... Oh mio rimo
  • Performers: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor); Jana Sibera (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (08/05/2007-08/06/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: Je suis seul!... Ah! Fuyez, douce image
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (08/05/2007-08/06/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Ella mi fu rapita!... Parmi veder le lagrime
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (08/05/2007-08/06/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre?... Salut! demure chaste et pure
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (08/05/2007-08/06/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg :: Morgenlich leuchtend (Preislied)
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (08/05/2007-08/06/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862-1867

>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (08/05/2007-08/06/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/1845-10/1846

>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: Toute mon âme est là!... Pourquoi me réveiller
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (08/05/2007-08/06/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta