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50 Great Arias - Mozart, Schumann, Beethoven, Wagner / Jonas Kaufmann, tenor

Notes & Reviews:

Die Welt
... his powerful tenor voice with its baritone colouring is keeping alive the German tradition of singers such as Anders, Wunderlich and Seiffert in outstanding fashion.

The Daily Telegraph
No German tenor since Fritz Wunderlich has such a succulent Italianate tone... Yet Kaufmann is no Wunderlich sound-alike. While his free-ringing high notes have a comparable visceral excitement, his timbre is a notch duskier and more baritonal, with more heft in the middle and lower registers. He is also a scrupulous and sensitive musician, building each of these arias with the care of a Lieder singer.

Opera Magazine
Too good to be true: this was my first response to Jonas Kaufmann's new disc. But each re-listening has brought new things to praise, new confirmation of the singer's extraordinary gifts . . . each performance makes it abundantly clear that an artist of uncommon conviction is at work therein . . . this is one of the most rewarding opera-singer CDs to have come my way for years.

The New York Times
This album documents Mr. Kaufmann's elegant musicianship, his idiomatic ease in three languages and a temperament that, though introverted by operatic standards, is thoroughly involving.

San Francisco Classical Voice
Verismo is about blood, guts, and heart spilling all over, and Kaufmann pours it out with a unique combination of throaty, dark-hued lower notes; a brightly gleaming top; and dramatic insight...

BBC Music Magazine
This is a wonderful disc, the most exciting and enterprising operatic recital that I have heard for a very long time ... Kaufmann has everything, and at the age of 40 his voice may well be in its finest shape ... And he shows what a range of emotions and idioms there are under the heading verismo.

BBC Music Magazine
No other Heldentenor can touch Kaufman in this repertoire: radiance, refinement and expressive eloquence mark out these magnificent performances of narrations and lieder.

Die Zeit
... the way in which he sings with such devotion and tenderness, responsive to every nuance, savouring every harmony, shaping every syllable, sets the listener's pulse racing.


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