Jonas Kaufman: 50 Great Arias (4 CD set)

 
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Jonas Kaufman: 50 Great Arias (4 CD set)
Jonas Kaufmann (tenor) with various orchestras & conductors

[ Decca / 4 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 5 September 2014

Jonas Kaufmann signed to Decca in 2007, and this outstanding collection of four recital CDs was recorded from 2007-2013. During those six years, there has been nothing but raining superlatives for Kaufmann, from critics and public alike.

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.

Jonas Kaufmann is renowned for his versatility, and this varied selection of 50 Arias showcases his vocal flexibility in style, genres and languages. Each of the recital discs matched Kaufmann with an eminent conductor particularly suited to the repertoire chosen: initially Marco Armiliato, followed by Claudio Abbado, Antonio Pappano, and Donald Runnicles. Critics have been similarly unanimous in praising the brilliance of the supporting orchestras and conductors: "Whatever he sings is cradled by the equally refined musicianship of Claudio Abbado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. They're as much of a chameleon as Kaufmann." The Times (UK.)

"These four discs present Jonas Kaufmann in his vocal prime, invariably placing his glorious sound at the service of music and text. The result is a collection of illuminating performances from a uniquely thoughtful, dynamic, soul-stirring artist." Roger Pines

"Kaufmann's voice, warm and full-bodied in its middle register, has an excitingly brilliant top. It has a Latin richness, and the elements are well integrated. The German component (his home town is Munich, though you might have thought Vienna more likely) accounts for the broader musicianship that shapes his phrases and fashions his tone as an instrument sensitive to modulations of sense and sound." (Gramophone)

Tracks:

Beethoven:
Gott! Welch Dunkel hier! (from Fidelio)
Claudio Abbado

Berlioz:
La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Nature immense, impénétrable et fière
Marco Armiliato

Bizet:
La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (from Carmen)
Marco Armiliato

Boito:
Dai campi, dai prati (Mefistofele)
Antonio Pappano
Giunto sul passo estremo (from Mefistofele)
Antonio Pappano

Cilea:
È la solita storia 'Lamento di Federico' (from L'Arlesiana)
Antonio Pappano
L'anima ho stanca (from Adriana Lecouvreur)
Antonio Pappano
La dolcissima effigie (from Adriana Lecouvreur)
Antonio Pappano

Flotow:
M'appari (from Martha)
Marco Armiliato

Giordano, U:
Colpito qui m'avete (from Andrea Chénier)
Antonio Pappano
Come un bel dì di maggio (from Andrea Chénier)
Antonio Pappano
Amor ti vieta (from Fedora)
Antonio Pappano
Vicino a te (from Andrea Chénier)
Antonio Pappano

Gounod:
Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre… Salut! Demeure chaste et pure (from Faust)
Marco Armiliato

Leoncavallo:
Musetta! O gioia della mia dimora!...Testa adorata from La bohème
Antonio Pappano
Recitar!...Vesti la giubba (from I Pagliacci)
Antonio Pappano

Mascagni:
Intanto amici…Viva il vino spumeggiante (Brindisi)
Antonio Pappano
Mamma, quel vino (from Cavalleria Rusticana)
Antonio Pappano

Massenet:
Je suis seul, seul enfin... Ah fuyez douce image (from Manon)
Marco Armiliato
Pourquoi me reveiller (from Werther)
Marco Armiliato

Mozart:
Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (from Die Zauberflöte)
Claudio Abbado
Die Weisheitslehre….. führt mich der Ton zu ihr from Die Zauberflöte
Claudio Abbado

Ponchielli:
Si… questa estrema grazia (from I Lituani)
Antonio Pappano
Cielo e mar! (from La Gioconda)
Antonio Pappano

Puccini:
Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)
Marco Armiliato
E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)
Marco Armiliato

Refice:

Ombra di Nube
Antonio Pappano

Schubert:
Was quälst du mich… In tiefbewegter Brust from Fierrabras
Claudio Abbado
Schon, wenn es beginnt zu tragen….und mein Herze will ihm nach (from Alfonso und Estrella, D732)
Claudio Abbado

Verdi:
Io l'ho perduta (from Don Carlos)
Marco Armiliato
Lunge da lei…De' miei bollenti spiriti (from La Traviata)
Marco Armiliato
Ella mi fu rapita! (from Rigoletto)
Marco Armiliato

Wagner:
Morgenlich leuchtend im rosigen Schein 'Prize Song' (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)
Marco Armiliato
In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)
Claudio Abbado
Mein lieber Schwan (from Lohengrin)
Claudio Abbado
Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (from Die Walküre)
Claudio Abbado
Amfortas! Die Wunde! (from Parsifal)
Claudio Abbado
Nur eine Waffe taugt (from Parsifal)
Claudio Abbado
Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater (from Die Walküre)
Donald Runnicles
Dass der mein Vater nicht ist (from Siegfried)
Donald Runnicles
Allmächt'ger Vater, blick herab! (from Rienzi)
Donald Runnicles
Inbrunst im Herzen (from Tannhäuser)
Donald Runnicles
Am stillen Herd (from Die Meistersinger)
Donald Runnicles
In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)
Donald Runnicles
Wesendonck-Lieder (5)
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Donald Runnicles

Weber:
Nein! länger trag' ich nicht die Qualen…Durch die Wälder (from Der Freischütz)
Marco Armiliato

Zandonai:
Giulietta, son io (from Giulietta e Romeo)
Antonio Pappano

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