Jonas Kaufmann The Verdi Album

The Verdi Album

Jonas Kaufmann

Released on September 13, 2013 by Sony Classical

Main artist: Jonas Kaufmann

Genre: Classical > Opera > Opera Extracts

Distinctions: 5 de Diapason ( October 2013) - 4 étoiles de Classica ( October 2013) - Hi-Res Audio ( September 2013)

Includes: 1 Digital booklet

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German tenor Jonas Kaufmann has been laying a strong claim to the legacy of the superstar tenors of the 1980s and 1990s, but until now it hasn't been completely clear that Verdi, the tenor's bread and butter, was a fully compelling part of his arsenal. With this release, Kaufmann puts any doubts to rest and steps up in a big way to his signing by the Sony Classical label and its attendant operatic muscle. The sheer ease of Kaufmann's voice in its upper register is about to get to casual opera fans in a big way (and he's a bit hipper than Pavarotti or even Domingo ever were), and right now the sky would seem to be the limit to his popularity. Yet there is plenty here for opera scorekeepers to dig their teeth into, and it seems likely that Kaufmann will come out very well with them, too. Consider the high C at the end of "Di quella pira" from Il trovatore: surely few tenors in history have hit it out of the park the way Kaufmann does. There is a good mix of hits from various parts of Verdi's career and some lesser-known pieces, and the album is all newly performed, not a collection of things recorded at different times. It has a sense of confidence, purpose, and commitment to the text (no soulless technical perfection here), and it's a joy for listeners at all levels. With recent Wagnerian (and Straussian) triumphs under his belt, Kaufmann seems to be entering a period where he can do pretty much anything and probably will.
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Album : 1 disk - 12 tracks Total length : 01:11:18

    Rigoletto (Guiseppe Verdi)
  1. 1 Rigoletto, Atto III, Canzone: "La donna è mobile"

    Published By: Casa Ricordi - Tenor: Jonas Kaufmann - Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi - Performer: Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma - Concert Master: Alberto Bologni - Producer: Chris Alder - Engineer: Philip Siney - Assistant Engineer: Chaiyut Paphan - Orchestra M Copyright : (P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

  2. Aïda
  3. 2 Aida, Atto I: "Se quel guerrier io fossi!...Celeste Aida"

    Published By: Casa Ricordi - Tenor: Jonas Kaufmann - Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi - Performer: Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma - Concert Master: Alberto Bologni - Producer: Chris Alder - Engineer: Philip Siney - Assistant Engineer: Chaiyut Paphan - Orchestra M Copyright : (P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

  4. Un Ballo in Maschera
  5. 3 Un ballo in maschera, Atto I: "Di' tu se fedele"

    Published By: Casa Ricordi - Tenor: Jonas Kaufmann - Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi - Performer: Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma - Concert Master: Alberto Bologni - Producer: Chris Alder - Engineer: Philip Siney - Assistant Engineer: Chaiyut Paphan - Orchestra M Copyright : (P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

  6. 4 Un Ballo in Maschera, Atto III: "Forse la soglia attinse... Ma se m'è forza perderti"

    Published By: Casa Ricordi - Tenor: Jonas Kaufmann - Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi - Performer: Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma - Concert Master: Alberto Bologni - Producer: Chris Alder - Engineer: Philip Siney - Assistant Engineer: Chaiyut Paphan - Orchestra M Copyright : (P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

  7. Il Trovatore
  8. 5 Il Trovatore, Parte III: "Ah! sì, ben mio... Di quella pira"

    Published By: Casa Ricordi - Tenor: Jonas Kaufmann - Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi - Performer: Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma - Concert Master: Alberto Bologni - Producer: Chris Alder - Engineer: Philip Siney - Assistant Engineer: Chaiyut Paphan - Orchestra M Copyright : (P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

  9. Luisa Miller
  10. 6 Luisa Miller, Atto II: "Oh! fede negar potessi... Quando le sere al placido"

    Published By: Casa Ricordi - Tenor: Jonas Kaufmann - Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi - Performer: Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma - Concert Master: Alberto Bologni - Producer: Chris Alder - Engineer: Philip Siney - Assistant Engineer: Chaiyut Paphan - Orchestra M Copyright : (P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

  11. Simon Boccanegra
  12. 7 Simon Boccanegra, Atto II: "O inferno! Amelia qui!... Sento avvampar nell'anima... Cielo pietoso, rendila"

    Published By: Casa Ricordi - Tenor: Jonas Kaufmann - Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi - Performer: Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma - Concert Master: Alberto Bologni - Producer: Chris Alder - Engineer: Philip Siney - Assistant Engineer: Chaiyut Paphan - Orchestra M Copyright : (P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

  13. Don Carlo
  14. 8 Don Carlo, Atto II: "È lui! desso, l'Infante!... Dio, che nell'alma infondere"

    Published By: Casa Ricordi - Tenor: Jonas Kaufmann - Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi - Performer: Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma - Concert Master: Alberto Bologni - Producer: Chris Alder - Engineer: Philip Siney - Assistant Engineer: Chaiyut Paphan - Orchestra M Copyright : (P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

  15. La forza del destino
  16. 9 La Forza del Destino, Atto III: "La vita è inferno all'infelice...O tu, che in seno agli angeli"

    Published By: Casa Ricordi - Tenor: Jonas Kaufmann - Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi - Performer: Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma - Concert Master: Alberto Bologni - Producer: Chris Alder - Engineer: Philip Siney - Assistant Engineer: Chaiyut Paphan - Orchestra M Copyright : (P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

  17. I Masnadieri
  18. 10 I Masnadieri, Atto III: "Destatevi, o pietre... Giuri ognun questo canuto"

    Published By: Casa Ricordi - Tenor: Jonas Kaufmann - Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi - Performer: Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma - Concert Master: Alberto Bologni - Producer: Chris Alder - Engineer: Philip Siney - Assistant Engineer: Chaiyut Paphan - Orchestra M Copyright : (P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

  19. Otello
  20. 11 Otello, Atto III : "Dio! mi potevi scagliar"

    Published By: Casa Ricordi - Tenor: Jonas Kaufmann - Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi - Performer: Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma - Concert Master: Alberto Bologni - Producer: Chris Alder - Engineer: Philip Siney - Assistant Engineer: Chaiyut Paphan - Orchestra M Copyright : (P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

  21. 12 Otello, Atto IV: "Niun mi tema"

    Published By: Casa Ricordi - Tenor: Jonas Kaufmann - Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi - Performer: Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma - Concert Master: Alberto Bologni - Producer: Chris Alder - Engineer: Philip Siney - Assistant Engineer: Chaiyut Paphan - Orchestra M Copyright : (P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

  • Album description
  • German tenor Jonas Kaufmann has been laying a strong claim to the legacy of the superstar tenors of the 1980s and 1990s, but until now it hasn't been completely clear that Verdi, the tenor's bread and butter, was a fully compelling part of his arsenal. With this release, Kaufmann puts any doubts to rest and steps up in a big way to his signing by the Sony Classical label and its attendant operatic muscle. The sheer ease of Kaufmann's voice in its upper register is about to get to casual opera fans in a big way (and he's a bit hipper than Pavarotti or even Domingo ever were), and right now the sky would seem to be the limit to his popularity. Yet there is plenty here for opera scorekeepers to dig their teeth into, and it seems likely that Kaufmann will come out very well with them, too. Consider the high C at the end of "Di quella pira" from Il trovatore: surely few tenors in history have hit it out of the park the way Kaufmann does. There is a good mix of hits from various parts of Verdi's career and some lesser-known pieces, and the album is all newly performed, not a collection of things recorded at different times. It has a sense of confidence, purpose, and commitment to the text (no soulless technical perfection here), and it's a joy for listeners at all levels. With recent Wagnerian (and Straussian) triumphs under his belt, Kaufmann seems to be entering a period where he can do pretty much anything and probably will.

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