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 Puccini roles as convincing as he has those of other composers or will he plunge and lurch into the Italianate style of belting we so often encounter in the opera house?
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Accademia Santa Cecilia Rome
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Number of discs: 2
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.25 GB
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 romantic encounter was with La Traviata in 2006 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. Kaufmann has called this album ‘the “real” Puccini album which I recorded with Antonio Pappano in Rome. It exclusively contains arias and scenes from Puccini’s operas including highlights from “Manon Lescaut,” “La Bohème,” “Tosca,” “La Fanciulla del West”, ”Le Villi,” “Edgar,” ‘La Rondine,” ‘Gianni Schicchi,” “Madama Butterfly” and “Turandot.” The sensitive conductor is Antonio Pappano and his renowned orchestra and choir of the Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia.
Analyzed folder: /96k Jonas Kaufmann – Nessun Dorma, The Puccini Album
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR12 -2.14 dB -19.29 dB A1 Manon Lescaut – Atto I- ‘Donna Non Vidi Mai’.aif
DR12 -1.95 dB -19.40 dB A2 Manon Lescaut – Atto II- ‘Oh, Saro’ La Piu’ Bella… Tu, Tu, Amore. Tu’.aif
DR12 -1.94 dB -19.60 dB A3 Manon Lescaut – Atto II- ‘Ah, Manon Mi Tradisce’.aif
DR12 -0.74 dB -17.32 dB A4 Manon Lescaut – Atto III- ‘Presto. In Fila… Ah, Non V’avvicinate’.aif
DR14 -0.77 dB -20.93 dB B1 Le Villi – Atto II- ‘Ei Giunge… Torna Ai Felici Di’.aif
DR15 -1.50 dB -22.25 dB B2 Edgar – Atto II- ‘Orgia, Chimera Dall’occhio Vitreo’.aif
DR14 -2.15 dB -23.34 dB B3 La Boheme – Atto I- ‘O Soave Fanciulla’.aif
DR12 -2.59 dB -21.16 dB C1 Tosca – Atto I- ‘Recondita Armonia’.aif
DR11 -2.20 dB -19.31 dB C2 Madame Butterfly – Atto III- ‘Addio, Fiorito Asil’.aif
DR12 -1.33 dB -20.19 dB C3 La Fanciulla Del West – Atto II- ‘Una Parola Sola… Or Son Sei Mesi’.aif
DR13 -3.54 dB -21.48 dB C4 La Fanciulla Del West – Atto III- ‘Risparmiate Lo Scherno… Ch’ella Mi Creda Libero’.aif
DR13 -8.23 dB -26.60 dB D1 La Rondine – Atto I- ‘Parigi E’ La Citta’ Dei Desideri’.aif
DR14 -3.20 dB -22.04 dB D2 Il Tabarro – ‘Hai Ben Ragione’.aif
DR15 -1.56 dB -20.91 dB D3 Gianni Schicchi – ‘Avete Torto… Firenze E’ Come Un Albero Fiorito’.aif
DR13 -2.91 dB -22.82 dB D4 Turandot – Atto I- ‘Non Piangere, Liu”.aif
DR12 -1.95 dB -19.72 dB D5 Turandot – Atto III- ‘Nessun Dorma’.aif
Number of files: 16
Official DR value: DR13
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