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Kaufmann - Wagner / Jonas Kaufmann, Markus Bruck, Donald Runnicles, William Spaulding

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>Wagner, Richard : Rienzi
>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder
>Wagner, Richard : Stehe still! ("Sausendes, brausendes Rad der Zeit"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Wesendon
>Wagner, Richard : Schmerzen ("Sonne, weinest jeden Abend..."), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Wesendonk Lieder
>Wagner, Richard : Träume (Dreams) for violin & small orchestra in A flat major (from Wesendonck Lieder no 5), WWV 91b
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Kaufmann's 5th solo album on Decca - specially recorded for Wagner anniversary year by the world's leading Wagner tenor.

Kaufmann and Wagner is a classic combination. A selection of the great Heldentenor scenes and arias coupled with the complete (and rarely recorded by the tenor voice) Wesendonck Lieder. Also includes scenes from Die Walkure, Siegfried, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Tannhauser and Lohengrin (extended Grail Scene - Gralserzahlung - with its original second verse).

Joined by one of the most formidable combinations in the opera world today - the chorus and orchestra of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, under director Donald Runnicles - this recording is also a sonic spectacular, made in Decca's time-honored tradition.

Washington Post
For any Wagnerians who've been slumbering, Fafner-like, in their caves during the last few years, here's your wake-up call: Jonas Kaufmann is the tenor we've been waiting for.

New York Times
From the baritonal colorings, unforced power and lyrical elegance of Mr. Kaufmann's Wagner singing on the new recording, he seems born to the (Wagner) style.

Washington Post
The sheer heft and beauty of his sound, his command of legato, his ability to dial down his voice to the most tender whisper - these qualities are rare in today's Wagner tenors.

Financial Times, 2nd February 2013
A matchless Wagner recital...Tannhäuser's Act 3 Rome Narration is a triumph of heroic timbre, dramatic intensity and musical sensibility...The gem for me is the Wesendonck Lieder, intended for soprano and yet, thanks to singing of such melting ardour, perfectly "owned" by the world's leading Wagner tenor.

Musical Toronto, 5th February 2013
When I listen to Wagner, this is how I dream it should sound.

Sunday Times, 3rd February 2013
As Siegmund, his dark, baritonal timbre comes into its own. In Rienzi's Prayer and Tannhäuser's Roman narration, his Italianate timbre - surely what Wagner wanted - easily negotiates the bel canto turns and grace notes overlooked by burlier singers...No Wagner tenor sings Lieder with such musicianship, colour and sensitivity. With this glorious disc, Kaufmann sets a standard for our time.

The Telegraph, 7th March 2013
His artistry is exceptional. His sexy, heroic way with Siegmund, and the marvellous introversion he brings to Lohengrin's In Fernem Land, leave us in no doubt as to why he is today's interpreter of choice for both roles. Yet he brings the same insight and intensity to his new material...Best of all is Rienzi's prayer, in which his almost oceanic tone blends with the elegance of the fine Mozart singer he once was.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
This new disc is mostly magnificent, but had me pining for more...Kaufmann may never sing Siegfried in the theatre, but the Forest Murmurs here, in an usually extended version, makes one long to hear him in the complete role; the TannhSuser Rome Narration even more so, a shattering account...all told this is a further testimony to [Kaufmann's] lonely greatness among contemporary Wagner tenors.

Opera News, April 2013
To judge from the performances on this wide-ranging sampler, the Met's new Parsifal seems ready for coronation as the reigning Wagnerian tenor of his generation.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2013
Turn immediately to the TannhSuser excerpt...Kaufmann both darkens and stresses up his voice to portray the failed pilgrim's predicament...The other operatic excerpts...also find the tenor pushing the confines of a recital disc excitingly towards the level of live performance...the disc is something of a triumph.

Opera Today, April 2013
Kaufmann is so careful that the sudden fire of some of his operatic performances can shock...[He] lets us in to the naivety and the purity of [Siegfried]...his enacting of TannhSuser's "Rome Narrative...is tremendously effective...it is as near to an internal TannhSuser as we are going to get".

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Groáer Sendesaal, Funkhaus Berlin, Nalepastraáe, Berlin (09/17/2012-09/22/2012).



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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Ein Schwert verhieß mir Vater
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Ensemble: Deutschen Oper Berlin Orchestra
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, Funkhaus Berlin, Nalepastraáe, Berlin (09/17/2012-09/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried :: Daß der mein Vater nicht ist
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, Funkhaus Berlin, Nalepastraáe, Berlin (09/17/2012-09/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1871

>Wagner, Richard : Rienzi :: Allmächt'ger Vater, blick herab!
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, Funkhaus Berlin, Nalepastraáe, Berlin (09/17/2012-09/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1838-1840

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Inbrunst im Herzen
  • Performers: Markus Brück (Bass Baritone); Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, Funkhaus Berlin, Nalepastraáe, Berlin (09/17/2012-09/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg :: Am stillen Herd
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, Funkhaus Berlin, Nalepastraáe, Berlin (09/17/2012-09/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862-1867

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: In fernem Land
  • Performers: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor); Markus Brück (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, Funkhaus Berlin, Nalepastraáe, Berlin (09/17/2012-09/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder :: Der Engel
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, Funkhaus Berlin, Nalepastraáe, Berlin (09/17/2012-09/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857-1858

>Wagner, Richard : Stehe still! ("Sausendes, brausendes Rad der Zeit"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Wesendon
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, Funkhaus Berlin, Nalepastraáe, Berlin (09/17/2012-09/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857-1858

>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder :: Im Treibhaus
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, Funkhaus Berlin, Nalepastraáe, Berlin (09/17/2012-09/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857-1858

>Wagner, Richard : Schmerzen ("Sonne, weinest jeden Abend..."), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Wesendonk Lieder
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, Funkhaus Berlin, Nalepastraáe, Berlin (09/17/2012-09/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857-1858

>Wagner, Richard : Träume (Dreams) for violin & small orchestra in A flat major (from Wesendonck Lieder no 5), WWV 91b
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, Funkhaus Berlin, Nalepastraáe, Berlin (09/17/2012-09/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857