Kaufmanns 5th solo album on Decca - specially recorded for the Wagner anniversary year by the worlds leading Wagner tenor.
Kaufmann and Wagner is a classic combination: For any Wagnerians whove been slumbering, Fafner-like, in their caves during the last few years, heres your wake-up call: Jonas Kaufmann is the tenor we've been waiting for(Washington Post).
A selection of the great Heldentenor scenes and arias coupled with the complete (and rarely recorded by the tenor voice) Wesendonck Lieder. Also includes scenes from Die Walkure, Siegfried , Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Tannhauser and Lohengrin (extended Grail Scene Gralserzahlung - with its original second verse).
Joined by one of the most formidable combinations in the opera world today the chorus and orchestra of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, under director Donald Runnicles this recording is also a sonic spectacular, made in Deccas time-honoured tradition.
Among Kaufmanns other contributions to Wagner Year will be Lohengrin at La Scala and Parsifal at The Met in February and March 2013.
From the baritonal colorings, unforced power and lyrical elegance of Mr. Kaufmanns Wagner singing on the new recording, he seems born to the [Wagner] style. --New York Times
The sheer heft and beauty of his sound, his command of legato, his ability to dial down his voice to the tenderest whisper these qualities are rare in todays Wagner tenors. --Washington Post