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Verismo Arias

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>Zandonai, Riccardo : Giulietta e Romeo
>     Giulietta son io
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>     Colpito qui m'avete... Un dì all'azzurro spazio (Improvviso)
>     Come un bel dì di maggio
>     Vicino a te
>Cilèa, Francesco : L'Arlesiana
>     E la solita storia del pastore (Lamento di Federico)
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : La bohème, opera
>     Musette! ... Testa adorata
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci
>     Recitar! ... Vesti la giubba
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>     Intanto, amici, qua, beviamone un bicchiere! ... Viva il vino spumeggiante
>     Mamma! Mamma, quel vino è generoso
>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele
>     Dai campi, dai prati
>     Giunto sul passo estremo
>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora
>     Amor ti vieta
>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecouvreur
>     L'anima ho stanca
>     La dolcissima effigie
>Ponchielli, Amilcare : I Lituani
>     Sì, questa estrema grazia
>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda
>     Cielo e mar!
>Refice, Licinio : Ombra di nube
>     Era il ciel un arco azzurro di fulgor

Album Summary

>Zandonai, Riccardo : Giulietta e Romeo
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>Cilèa, Francesco : L'Arlesiana
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : La bohème, opera
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele
>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora
>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecouvreur
>Ponchielli, Amilcare : I Lituani
>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda
>Refice, Licinio : Ombra di nube
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Notes & Reviews:

Jonas Kaufmann returns to the Italian verismo tradition to sing arias that define opera's most passionate and vulnerable leading men. Kaufmann's international reputation is soaring as, going from strength to strength, he delivers consistently thrilling performances. The onyx-dark beauty of his tone and the refinement and unexpected insights of his delivery mark Jonas Kaufmann a poet of tenors. Timed for release when he makes his anticipated role debut as Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur at Covent Garden opposite Angela Gheorghiu, this disc includes excerpts from the Cilea work that helped put Caruso on the map. This album also entices with rarities from Zandonai's dramatic Giulietta e Romeo and Puccini's Le Villi. Supporting Jonas Kaufmann is Italy's leading symphonic orchestra, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, under its dynamic music director Antonio Pappano. Both maestro and orchestra are utterly at home in this repertoire.

"One might think the musicianship of the tenor Jonas Kaufmann would be wasted on the frankly third-rate music of the verismo composers. But given his emotional commitment and powerful middle register, this recital proves an irresistible outpouring of melodrama" -The Telegraph

"Italian repertoire now, is it? Given the prodigious gifts of the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann we shouldn't be too surprised. But there's still considerable novelty as that darkly lustrous voice plunges headlong into anguish... Fluent in Italian, Kaufmann is equally at ease navigating the arias' vocal and emotional tempests." -The Times

"Kaufmann sings Giordano ("Come un bel dì di maggio"), Leoncavallo ("Vesti la giubba"), Mascagni ("Mamma!") and others with lusty good taste" -Financial Times

"There is rare sensitivity to the words in his Lamento di Federico (Cilea's L'Arlesiana) and Turiddu's Mamma, quel vino è generoso (Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana). The best news is Kaufmann's thrilling Andrea Chénier (Giordano): a gripping Improviso is followed by a soaring Come un bel dì di maggio" -Sunday Times

"The accompaniments are special... [Pappano] is hugely alert to detail, weighting and what's happening on the imaginary stage around the singer... Kaufmann has entered this world most completely. His Italian is good, as are his desire and ability to project clearly differentiated characters. He is never afraid to sing softly... and there is plenty of power when needed." -Gramophone Magazine

"Not only does Kaufmann have a fine voice but he knows how to use it: admirable technique, interpretative ability and much intelligence when it comes to changes of colour, gradations of tone and weight and the willingness to sing softly. There is nothing monochromatic about his performances" -International Record Review

"This is a wonderful disc, the most exciting and enterprising operatic recital 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. He brings a Classical training to these arias, and yet he doesn't in any degree stint on the passion." -BBC Music Magazine

"The only really well-known pieces are those from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, which Kaufmann delivers with the same directness and perfectly judged musicality that he uses for the far less familiar ones. The colour, the elegance and the sheer beauty of tone in his singing are truly exceptional" -The Guardian

"It seems he really is able to do anything: his rich, dark-hued tenor lends itself to dramatic singing (a raging, heartbroken 'Vesti la giubba'), yet he can also caress a pianissimo vocal line and float exquisite top notes (Cilea's Lamento di Federico)... The other stars of the disc are Pappano and his Santa Cecilia orchestra who perfectly capture the music's passionate, glowing ebb and flow." Classic FM Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Petrassi Hall (03/18/2010-03/22/2010); Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Petrassi Hall (03/2010).



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>Zandonai, Riccardo : Giulietta e Romeo :: Giulietta son io
  • 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. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier :: Colpito qui m'avete... Un dì all'azzurro spazio (Improvviso)
  • 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. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier :: Come un bel dì di maggio
  • 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. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Francesco Cilèa (Composer) (1866 - 1950) : L'Arlesiana :: E la solita storia del pastore (Lamento di Federico)
  • 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. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1897

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : La bohème, opera :: Musette! ... Testa adorata
  • 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. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1897

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci :: Recitar! ... Vesti la giubba
  • 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. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Intanto, amici, qua, beviamone un bicchiere! ... Viva il vino spumeggiante
  • 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. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Mamma! Mamma, quel vino è generoso
  • Performers: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor); Cristina Reale (Voice)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Notes: Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Petrassi Hall (03/18/2010-03/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele :: Dai campi, dai prati
  • 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. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1868-1875

>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele :: Giunto sul passo estremo
  • 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. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1868-1875

>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora :: Amor ti vieta
  • Performers: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor); Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano)
  • 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

>Francesco Cilèa (Composer) (1866 - 1950) : Adriana Lecouvreur :: L'anima ho stanca
  • 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. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1902

>Francesco Cilèa (Composer) (1866 - 1950) : Adriana Lecouvreur :: La dolcissima effigie
  • Performers: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor); Cristina Della (Voice)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Notes: Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Petrassi Hall (03/18/2010-03/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1902

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : I Lituani :: Sì, questa estrema grazia
  • 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. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1874

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda :: Cielo e mar!
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Notes: Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Petrassi Hall (03/18/2010-03/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1876

>Refice, Licinio : Ombra di nube :: Era il ciel un arco azzurro di fulgor
  • 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. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier :: Vicino a te
  • Performers: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor); Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Notes: Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Petrassi Hall (03/18/2010-03/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896