The Verdi Album (Deluxe Version)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!...Read more ›
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A+++Bs Person and transaction..Beautiful music of Verdi and performance is exceptional.Published 3 months ago by Russell C. Peterson
A baritone pretending to be a tenor. It doesn't work, he's no Domingo. Tenors love "di quella pirq" with it's three high Cs.His version is awful. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alexander W. Gotta, M.D.
Love the album. Play "Celeste Aida" cut over and over again! Will probably buy one of Jonas's other albums.Published 7 months ago by srbiz