[ Decca Music Group / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 11 September 2009
"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 Finalist - Recital
BBC Music Magazine Awards 2010 - Vocal Finalist
Gramophone Awards 2010 Finalist - Recital
"This disc, which has the luxury of Claudio Abbado's magisterial, refined conducting, shows that Kaufmann is at least as fine a Mozart singer as a Wagner one… His outburst from Act II of Parsifal… is a thrilling foretaste of things to come… In Florestan's great aria from Fidelio we have a perfectly controlled expression of agony and exaltation. Everything here makes you crave to listen to this major artist in complete recordings, preferably, given his acting, on DVD." Opera recording of the Month BBC Music Magazine, November 2009 *****
"…Fidelio, is the centrepiece of this disc: it receives a powerful performance from both tenor (his opening "Gott" is heart-piercing) and conductor. Kaufmann ends where he began, with Wagner. …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 Magazine Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2009
"No other compilation that has crossed my path comes within striking distance of this collection...The baritone-like richness to his singing in the Wagner extracts is especially compelling. That Kaufmann has Claudio Abbado and the superlative Mahler Chamber Orchestra to accompany him only makes the project even more special." The Guardian, 27th November 2009 *****
Jonas Kaufmann is now established as the most successful and versatile tenor of his generation, attracting rave reviews for his live performances and recordings.
Following the international success of Romantic Arias, Jonas Kaufmann returns with this album of outstanding arias from German opera; music of his homeland which he grew up hearing.
The great opera conductor Claudio Abbado directs the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Arnold Schoenberg Chor in his first ever vocal recital recording for Decca, and his first Decca recording for almost 40 years.
The album cover shows Jonas Kaufmann as 'Wanderer' - inspired by the much-loved paining by German Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich.
Gott! Welch Dunkel hier! from Fidelio
Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (from Die Zauberflöte)
Die Weisheitslehre….. führt mich der Ton zu ihr from Die Zauberflöte
Was quälst du mich… In tiefbewegter Brust from Fierrabras
Schon, wenn es beginnt zu tragen….und mein Herze will ihm nach from Alfonso und Estrella
In fernem Land (Lohengrin)
Mein lieber Schwan (Lohengrin)
Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (Siegmund) - Lenzlied
Amfortas, die Wunde!
Nur eine Waffe taugt… from Parsifal