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Jonas Kaufman sings Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Wagner

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>Schubert, Franz : Fierrabras
>Schubert, Franz : Alfonso und Estrella
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, Op. 72
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Parsifal
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Notes & Reviews:

Jonas Kaufmann has already performed many of these roles on the world's great opera stages. This album consists of outstanding arias from German opera; music of his homeland, which he grew up hearing. Includes outstanding German tenor arias from the great operas of Wagner, Beethoven's only opera Fidelio, favorite arias by Mozart, and rarely heard opera arias by Schubert. The great opera conductor Claudio Abbado directs the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. The track list includes arias from the Magic Flute, Fidelio, Die Walkure, and others.

"It should no longer come as a surprise, but however many times one has heard and admired Jonas Kaufmann, the size of his voice can seem astonishing whenever one returns to listen again. Though he opens his new disc quietly, in the rapt voice required for "In fernem Land", his tenor is immediately very striking for its body and well supported control. Lohengrin - bel canto Wagner, as it were - is the most recent role Kaufmann has taken on in the theatre (he added it to his gallery of characters this summer in Munich), and his sense of story-telling here shows how he already inhabits the part.

Indeed, the weight of his voice is reminiscent more of a young Jon Vickers than Kaufmann's acknowledged idol, Fritz Wunderlich. In his "Bildnis" aria, the first of two from Die Zauberflöte featured here, there is less of that Wunderlich-like sweetness of tone by which most Taminos are measured, and it's possible that Kaufmann will be outgrowing this role soon.

Celebrated for his versatility, the German tenor has been successful in key roles of the French and Italian repertory, but here he shows a special affinity for works in his native tongue. The German Romantic theme is set already on the CD cover, where he is portrayed as Caspar David Friedrich's Wanderer. And that quintessential German Romantic work, Fidelio, is the centrepiece of this disc: it receives a powerful performance from both tenor (his opening "Gott" is heart-piercing) and conductor. It's good news that Kaufmann has recorded Florestan on Claudio Abbado's new recording of Beethoven's masterpiece.

Abbado has long been a champion of Schubert's operas, and his accompaniments with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra here are especially rewarding - not least in the wind-writing in Alfonso und Estrella. Kaufmann has also sung the title-role in Fierrabras widely, and it suits both the tenor's power and his strong sense of musical line.

Kaufmann ends where he began, with Wagner. Parsifal (Lohengrin's father) was his first Wagner role, and Siegmund is still, wisely, some way off into the future. But his beautiful phrasing and controlled singing in the "Winterstürme" shows why he has become the most sought-after tenor of his generation, and is a highlight of this exciting new release." -Gramophone Awards, 2010 / Recital nominee

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium Niccolò Paganini, Parma (12/02/2008-12/06/2008).



Reviews

Kaufmann is the real thing
For a couple of years I have been hearing rave reviews about Kaufmann, but all I had seen or heard was his cameo roll as the Italian singer in Thielemann's DVD of Rosenkavalier. That wasn't enough singing to give me a very clear idea. So I decided to buy this CD and, WOW!. He not only has an extraordinarily beautiful voice but his interpretations are also searching and nuanced. Listen to Florestan's aria from Fidelio to experience his sensitivity to the text. The little snippet of Winterstürme from Walküre makes me eager to see and hear him in the Met's new production. Since Vickers no one in this repertoire has thrilled me like this. Abbado, of whom I am not usually a fan, is also wonderful in this recording
Submitted on 04/02/11 by Markhax 
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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: In fernem Land
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Notes: Auditorium Niccolò Paganini, Parma (12/02/2008-12/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Mein lieber Schwan!
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Notes: Auditorium Niccolò Paganini, Parma (12/02/2008-12/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Notes: Auditorium Niccolò Paganini, Parma (12/02/2008-12/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Die Weisheitslehre dieser Knaben... Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton
  • Performers: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor); Michale Volle (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Notes: Auditorium Niccolò Paganini, Parma (12/02/2008-12/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Schubert, Franz : Fierrabras :: Was quälst du mich, o Miágeschick!... In tiefbewgter Brust
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Notes: Auditorium Niccolò Paganini, Parma (12/02/2008-12/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1823

>Schubert, Franz : Alfonso und Estrella :: Schon wenn es beginnt zu tagen
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Notes: Auditorium Niccolò Paganini, Parma (12/02/2008-12/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1822

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, Op. 72 :: Gott! welch Dunkel hier!
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Notes: Auditorium Niccolò Paganini, Parma (12/02/2008-12/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1804-1806

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (original Wagner concert ending)
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Notes: Auditorium Niccolò Paganini, Parma (12/02/2008-12/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Parsifal :: Amfortas! - Die Wunde!
  • Performers: Margarete Joswig (Mezzo Soprano); Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Notes: Auditorium Niccolò Paganini, Parma (12/02/2008-12/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1878-1882

>Wagner, Richard : Parsifal :: Nur eine Waffe taugt
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Notes: Auditorium Niccolò Paganini, Parma (12/02/2008-12/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1878-1882