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The Best of Jonas Kaufmann - Verdi & Wagner arias / Jana Sibera, Renée Fleming, Barbara Vignudelli

Audio Samples

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo
>     Io l'ho perduta!... Io la vidi, e il suo sorriso
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>     Lunge da lei... De' miei bollenti spiriti... Annina, donde vieni?... O mio rimorso
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>     Ella mi fu rapita!... Parmi veder le lagrime
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>     Che gelida manina
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>     E lucevan le stelle
>Puccini, Giacomo : La rondine
>     Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci
>     Recitar!... Vesti la giubba
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>     La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
>Mascagni, Pietro : Iris
>     Apri la tua finestra
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>     Intanto, amici, qua, beviamone un bicchiere!... Viva il vino spumeggiante (Dri
>Cilèa, Francesco : Lamento di Federico, aria (from "L'Arlesiana")
>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora
>     Amor ti vieta
>Massenet, Jules : Werther
>     Toute mon âme est là!... Pourquoi me réveiller
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>     Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre?... Salut! demeure chaste et pure
>Refice, Licinio : Ombra di nube, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>     Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Oberon
>     I revel in hope and joy again
>Strauss, Richard : Cäcilie
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>     Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (original Wagner concert ending)
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>     Morgenlich leuchtend (Prize Song)

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Puccini, Giacomo : La rondine
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Mascagni, Pietro : Iris
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Cilèa, Francesco : Lamento di Federico, aria (from "L'Arlesiana")
>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora
>Massenet, Jules : Werther
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Refice, Licinio : Ombra di nube, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Oberon
>Strauss, Richard : Cäcilie
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Showcasing the unique variety and quality of Kaufmann's award-winning recordings for Decca, this album contains some of the best-loved operatic repertoire and some of Kaufmann's greatest roles, conducted by masters such as Abbado, Pappano and Gardiner and recorded in resplendent Decca sound. Central to the collection are the two great nineteenth-century operatic geniuses Verdi and Wagner, coinciding with their 200th anniversaries. Kaufmann is probably the only tenor able to sing both Italian and German opera with equal aplomb. It also features extracts from some of the greatest works in the operatic canon including arias by Puccini, Bizet and Mozart, as well as two recordings of Mascagni and Richard Strauss which are NEW TO CD. He is joined by Renée Fleming for the duet from Puccini's 'La Rondine'. Accolades for Kaufmann's Decca recordings have been plentiful, with recent awards including the inaugural International Opera Award for best male singer, three Gramophone Awards, a Goldene Deutschland Award, a Grammy, an ECHO Award, Artist of the Year from Musical America and the Bayerische Europamedaille. He also starred in the recent GRAMMY-winning production of The Ring at the Met.

New York Times
The hottest tenor in opera.

The Guardian
The color, the elegance and the sheer beauty of tone in his singing are truly exceptional.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
Issues contain many examples of Kaufmann's unique qualities. He mines new meaning from the most familiar arias, principally by his audible chiaroscuro, a wider use of dynamics, and a subtle rubato not heard from any tenor since perhaps V÷lker or Villabella. The two songs also illustrate why he has enjoyed such success in the recital field - the Refice offering stiff competition to Muzio's lovely rendition. For an excellent introduction to this prodigy, the Best Of is well worth having.

The Independent, 7th September 2013
The full range of his characterisation is well represented...perhaps the most impressive example of his ability to inhabit a role is in "Io l'ho perduta!", where his beautiful fading "Ahime!" in the closing line conveys all the wretched despair of Don Carlo's betrayal.



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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo :: Io l'ho perduta!... Io la vidi, e il suo sorriso
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (2007-08-05_2007-08-06&2007-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Lunge da lei... De' miei bollenti spiriti... Annina, donde vieni?... O mio rimorso
  • Performers: Jana Sibera (Soprano); Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (2007-08-05_2007-08-06&2007-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>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 (2007-08-05_2007-08-06&2007-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Che gelida manina
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (2007-08-05_2007-08-06&2007-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: E lucevan le stelle
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (2007-08-05_2007-08-06&2007-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : La rondine :: Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso
  • Performers: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor); Barbara Vignudelli (Soprano); Paolo Cautoruccio (Voice); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
  • Notes: Auditorium di Milano (2008-08-05_2008-08-06&2008-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1917

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci :: Recitar!... Vesti la giubba
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
  • Notes: Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Petrassi Hall (03/18/2010-03/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>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 (2007-08-05_2007-08-06&2007-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Mascagni, Pietro : Iris :: Apri la tua finestra
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Notes: Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Petrassi Hall (03/18/2010-03/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Intanto, amici, qua, beviamone un bicchiere!... Viva il vino spumeggiante (Dri
  • Performers: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor); Rosa Feola (Voice)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Notes: Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Petrassi Hall (03/18/2010-03/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Francesco Cilèa (Composer) (1866 - 1950) : Lamento di Federico, aria (from "L'Arlesiana")
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Notes: Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Petrassi Hall (03/18/2010-03/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora :: Amor ti vieta
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Notes: Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Petrassi Hall (03/18/2010-03/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1898

>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 (2007-08-05_2007-08-06&2007-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre?... Salut! demeure chaste et pure
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (2007-08-05_2007-08-06&2007-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Refice, Licinio : Ombra di nube, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Notes: Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Petrassi Hall (03/18/2010-03/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Auditorium Niccolò Paganini, Parma (12/02/2008-12/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Oberon :: I revel in hope and joy again
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
  • Notes: The Colosseum, Watford (03/15/2002-03/19/2002)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1825-1826

>Strauss, Richard : Cäcilie
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (2007-08-05_2007-08-06&2007-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>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. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg :: Morgenlich leuchtend (Prize Song)
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Dvorák-Saal, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (2007-08-05_2007-08-06&2007-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862-1867