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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.
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
Digital Booklet: Wagner
Digital Booklet: Wagner
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Though Kaufmann has established his place on the stages of the world as the definitive Wagnerian tenor in the Ring, Parsifal, and Lohengrin, here he adds arias from Tannhäuser and Rienzi - roles he has yet to assume.
Of interest Kaufmann extends the Grail Narrative from Lohengrin to include the second verse - a verse Wagner cut before the premiere and which appears on recordings for the first time here. He is a brave step for Kaufmann but it does indeed demonstrate how immersed in Wagner's output he is. It is the most memorable version on records.
There are many unforgettable moments in this recording, not the least of which is the triumphant moment from the Siegmund scene when he pulls the sword and sings full voice the extended notes of `Wälse!'. There is such mighty power and breathtaking vocal production here that Kaufmann embodies the strength and determination and power of the young Siegmund. It is an astonishing achievement. Another memorable moment his Kaufmann's offering of the prayer from Rienzi.Read more ›
Of course these chunks merely have the effect of wishing to hear him in more complete roles, and these are gradually appearing in various formats, if not as what is now the rara avis of a studio recording.
Kaufmann remains the most striking and virile Wagner tenor of his voice-type since Ramon Vinay and Jon Vickers, whose timbre his so strongly resembles.Read more ›
Melchior had a legendary voice, but his vocal acting was rudimentary. Kaufmann's sensitivity is fresh and unexpected. Suddenly Siegmund has humanity and tenderness, not simply a few gestures in that direction while blaring like a klaxon. Even the much disparaged character of Siegfried, looked upon as a brainless side of beef, draws our sympathy here in the Forest Murmurs scene. Donald Runnicles keeps pace with thoughtful conducting, although he's by no means a major Wagner interpreter. It doesn't matter here. The orchestra is first-rate, and Decca's sound could hardly be better at balancing singer and orchestra.
As a previous reviewer notes, the five Wessendonck Songs are meant for female voice, and I can't remember a tenor version, but Kaufmann has been appropriating Mahler's Kindertotenlieder in concert, a cycle sung by either a man or woman - the text is definitely spoken by a father, but again I've never heard a tenor perform this music.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I cannot listen to this album enough. Kaufmann is superb!!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Kaufmann is a phenomenon and this disc is a showcase for his talents. He interprets with finesse, is technically ultra-secure and carries his voice to both lower and higher... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lyle Bjork
I have long avoided Wagner, but this cd has made me revisit that German heritage that so many of us born in the 1940's denied. Read morePublished on May 23, 2014 by Marian K.
I have LP's of Melchior and CD's of Windgassen in his prime. Also Vickers. I am not ready to say Jonas is the latest and greatest, because we are talking going back about 90 years... Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by J. Pluta
Kaufmann is excellent in a variety of repertoire, but he is perhaps at his best in Wagner. Runnicles is an experienced Wagner conductor.Published on May 10, 2014 by Bob C
Thank you for the recent Wagner CD. I am fully satisfied with the purchase. I am especially pleased that the words to the arias were included with the liner in both German and... Read morePublished on May 10, 2014 by Jaime R. Martinez
Jonas Kaufmann is getting better and better. This is a superb recording in every way as is his latest "Winterreise. Read morePublished on April 20, 2014 by Queen Margo
Fine performances of challenging music. Hopefully, Kaufmann will record complete performances of the roles he showcases in this album. Excellent item, great service, A+Published on April 8, 2014 by Richard Burkhart