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The Verdi Album (Deluxe Version)

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It was with Verdi that the leading tenor of our time, Jonas Kaufmann, made his international breakthrough in 2006 when he sang Alfredo Germont in La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. And for Kaufmann, the Verdi bicentenary in 2013 will be dominated by performances of works by the great Italian opera composer, including his debut album for Sony Classical, The Verdi Album. Recorded with Pier Giorgio Morandi conducting the Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma, this new album features twelve of Verdi's greatest tenor hits, eleven of which are recorded for the first time by Kaufmann. His choice of arias demonstrates the remarkable breadth of Kaufmann's musical versatility and expression.


1. Rigoletto, Atto III, Canzone: "La donna e mobile"
2. Aida, Atto I, Scena e romanza: "Se quel guerrier io fossi!...Celeste Aida"
3. Un Ballo in Maschera, Atto I, Canzone: "Di' tu se fedele"
4. Un Ballo in Maschera, Atto III, Scena e romanza: "Forse la soglia attinse... Ma se m'e forza perderti"
5. Il Trovatore, Parte III, Scena ed aria: "Ah! si, ben mio... Di quella pira
6. Luisa Miller, Atto II, Scena ed aria: "Oh! fede negar potessi... Quando le sere al placido"
7. Simon Boccanegra, Atto II, Scena ed aria: "O inferno! Amelia qui!... Sento avvampar nell'anima... Cielo pietoso, rendila"
8. Don Carlo, Atto II, Scena e duetto: "E lui! desso, l'Infante!... Dio, che nell'alma infondere"
9. La Forza del Destino, Atto III, Scena e romanza: "La vita e inferno all'infelice...O tu, che in seno agli angeli"
10. I Masnadieri, Atto III, Scena 2: "Destatevi, o pietre... Giuri ognun questo canuto"
11. Otello, Atto III : "Dio! mi potevi scagliar"
12. Otello, Atto IV: "Niun mi tema"
13. Macbeth, Atto IV, Scena ed aria: "O figli, o figli miei!... Ah, la paterna mano"

Product Details

  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann
  • Orchestra: Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma
  • Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (September 17, 2013)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • ASIN: B00BT70J7M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,806 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 17, 2013
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Jonas Kaufmman is modeling his career as the all-purpose tenor in the mold of Placido Domingo. Those of us praying for a great Wagner tenor will have to share oxygen with equally desperate opera lovers who want a great Verdi tenor, verismo tenor, and French tenor. It's fascinating how well Kaufmann fits the bill. You wouldn't think at first listen that his dark, baritonal tone could ring out with Italianate squillo, for example, but it does. It seem like superfluous blessings that he is intelligent, highly musical, an accomplished stage actor - and thin.

For his debut album on Sony, having jumped from Decca (perhaps with a guarantee of complete opera recordings?), the celebrated tenor, now in his mid-forties, gives us some very familiar Verdi arias from Rigoletto to Otello, with the exception of one rarity from I Masnadieri. The tag of "self-recommending" applies. Set against his superb verismo and Wagner recitals, however, this one is slightly inferior because of the ordinary conducting by Pier Giorgio Morandi, a routinier who at times pulls back the reins on his soloist. But even when the pacing becomes lackluster, Kaufmann throws himself into the music with controlled abandon - clearly he wants to establish his cred as a great Verdi singer, even though so far he has sung only seven roles on stage, mostly in Don Carlo and Traviata. This summer saw an excellent Trovatore in Munich.

As heard at the Met, where every appearance has been a triumph, Kaufmann's voice isn't large on the order of Vickers or Del Monaco, but more in line with Domingo's. If he eventually sings Otello, he will succeed as much on artistry as on sheer volume - again like Domingo - and this season's Parsifal showed how intelligently Kaufmann already marshals his forces in a very taxing opera.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 17, 2013
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I had great expectations of this album but its reality turned out to be something rather different. Having welcomed virtually every album from Jonas Kaufmann with a string of superlatives, I count myself a devoted fan of what is clearly the best tenor before the public today in a time of dearth - but I have to say that I do not think this is by any means the best he has yet given us. Ridiculously good-looking, prodigiously talented and hitherto eminently sensible in the management of his remarkable voice, Kaufmann has succumbed here to a predictably marketable project. Obviously he loves Verdi, but in many of the arias here, he has nothing special to add to their already immense discography. He simply hasn't the vocal lay-out of the Duke of Mantua or Adorno.

He is at a stage in his career when the voice is big, dark and handsome but without the Italianate ping and elegance which characterises a true Verdi tenor. He is now evidently best suited to even heavier roles and would no longer essay the more refined, delicate arias such as Tamino's "Dies Bildnis" which he once included in his recitals in order to demonstrate how he still retained sweetness and flexibility. He still has all the notes and does some lovely things such as singing the concluding B flat of "Celeste Aida" in a proper pianissimo rather than belting it - although it is not exactly seamless or effortless. Far too many notes here are preceded by an incipient bleat or catch in tonal production which spoils and breaks his legato; this is an irritating habit which has come and gone during his career and it's a tic I wish he'd break.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 21, 2013
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For those of us who deeply admire the artistry of tenor Jonas Kaufmann for his Wagner roles and his recitals of lieder this recording comes with a bit of trepidation. Will this intensely musical artist make the Verdi roles as convincing as he has those of other composers or will he plunge and lurch into the Verdian style of belting we so often encounter in the opera house?

Rest assured. Kaufmann is first and foremost a tenor with a magnificently beautiful voice matched by some of the most intensely musical phrasing and arching of lines that rise seamlessly to the heights of emotion and intensity. His first Verdi encounter was with La Traviata in 2006 here in the US and he was praised at that time for his compleat performance. Though some naysayers will state that according to their ears, instead of throaty tone lower in the range, Kaufmann could bring to every note the same Italianate ping that distinguishes his upper extension.

All well and good. But even for those who fear these arias may not offer the dignity of what Kaufmann usually sings, listen carefully and see how he brings a new standard of artistry to the warhorses as well as the less well known arias included on this recording. This recording includes 13 tracks:
Rigoletto, Atto III, Canzone: "La donna e mobile"

Aida, Atto I, Scena e romanza: "Se quel guerrier io fossi!...Celeste Aida"

Un Ballo in Maschera, Atto I, Canzone: "Di' tu se fedele"
 and Atto III, Scena e romanza: "Forse la soglia attinse... Ma se m'e forza perderti"

Il Trovatore, Parte III, Scena ed aria: "Ah! si, ben mio... Di quella pira

Luisa Miller, Atto II, Scena ed aria: "Oh! fede negar potessi... Quando le sere al placido"

Simon Boccanegra, Atto II, Scena ed aria: "O inferno! Amelia qui!...
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