Brand new, played here for the 1st time
It was with Verdi that the leading tenor of our time, Jonas Kaufmann, made his international breakthrough in 2006 when he sang Alfredo 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 thirteen 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.
# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Jonas Kaufmann
#Orchestra: Orchestra dell’Opera di Parma
#Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi
# Vinyl (2014)
# Number of discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Sony
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: B00F03GDGM
# Size: 1.6 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
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. He’s not afraid to sing softly and wait for the big moments to ring out.
All-purpose tenors always have decided strengths and relative weaknesses. For me, Kaufmann doesn’t sound like the rakish Duke in ‘La donna e mobile,’ but the intrinsic soulfulness in his delivery makes him perfect for Don Carlo, Alvaro, Manrico, and Otello. If I had to choose, the very best thing here is the long aria from Forza del Destino with clarinet obligato, a wonderful display of Kaufmann’s messa di voce, although the numbers from Trovatore are so secure and confident that they come as a breath of fresh air after the strained pushing from lyric tenors like Ramon Vargas and Marcelo Alvarez, who followed Carreras’s example to boost themselves into bigger heroic Verdi roles.
Kaufmann is the real thing, a robust, charismatic dramatic tenor who can live comfortably in Verdi’s fervent melodramatic world of outsized passion and suffering. This natural fit, far more than any reservations about sounding “Italian” enough, is what makes him invaluable on the international opera scene. He’s one of a kind, offering no quarter to the great tenors of the golden age.
- A1 Rigoletto, Atto III, ‘La Donna E’ Mobile’ 2:21
- A2 Aida, Atto I, ‘Se quel guerrier io fossi…Celeste Aida’ 4:43
- A3 Un Ballo in Maschera, Atto I, ‘Di’ Tu Se Fedele’ 3:29
- A4 Un Ballo In Maschera, Atto III, ‘Forse La Soglia Attinse… Ma Se M’e’ Forza Perderti’ 5:41
- B1 Il Trovatore, Parte III, ‘Ah Si, Ben Mio… Di Quella Pira’ 7:52
- B2 Luisa Miller, Atto II, Scena ed aria, ‘Oh Fede Negar Potessi… Quando Le Sere Al Placido’ 6:21
- B3 Simon Boccanegra, Atto II, ‘O Inferno. Amelia Qui… Sento Avvampar Nell’Anima… Cielo Pietoso, Rendila’ 5:56
- C1 Don Carlo, Atto II, ‘E’ Lui Desso, L’Infante… Dio, Che Nell’alma Infondere’ 8:26
- C2 La Forza Del Destino, Atto III, ‘La Vita E’ Inferno All’Infelice…O Tu, Che In Seno Agli Angeli’ 10:41
- D1 I Masnadieri, Atto III, ‘Destatevi, O Pietre… Giuri Ognun Questo Canuto’ 4:25
- D2 Otello, Atto III, ‘Dio Mi Potevi Scagliar’ 5:14
- D3 Otello, Atto IV, ‘Niun Mi Tema’ 6:09
- D4 Macbeth, Atto IV, ‘O Figli, O Figli Miei… Ah, La Paterna Mano’ 4:12
Analyzed folder: /96kJoKa_ThVerAlb/96k Jonas Kaufmann – The Verdi Album
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -1.66 dB -19.68 dB A1 Rigoletto, Atto III, ‘La Donna E’ Mobile’.wav
DR12 -0.75 dB -19.12 dB A2 Aida, Atto I, ‘Se quel guerrier io fossi…Celeste Aida’.wav
DR12 -0.99 dB -18.38 dB A3 Un Ballo in Maschera, Atto I, ‘Di’ Tu Se Fedele’.wav
DR12 -1.43 dB -19.91 dB A4 Un Ballo In Maschera, Atto III, ‘Forse La Soglia Attinse… Ma Se M’e’ Forza Perderti’.wav
DR12 -0.39 dB -16.77 dB B1 Il Trovatore, Parte III, ‘Ah Si, Ben Mio… Di Quella Pira’.wav
DR12 -1.83 dB -19.92 dB B2 Luisa Miller, Atto II, Scena ed aria, ‘Oh Fede Negar Potessi… Quando Le Sere Al Placido’.wav
DR12 -2.07 dB -19.54 dB B3 Simon Boccanegra, Atto II, ‘O Inferno. Amelia Qui… Sento Avvampar Nell’Anima… Cielo Pietoso, Rendila’.wav
DR12 -0.82 dB -17.88 dB C1 Don Carlo, Atto II, ‘E’ Lui Desso, L’Infante… Dio, Che Nell’alma Infondere’.wav
DR13 -1.99 dB -21.23 dB C2 La Forza Del Destino, Atto III, ‘La Vita E’ Inferno All’Infelice…O Tu, Che In Seno Agli Angeli’.wav
DR10 -0.90 dB -14.68 dB D1 I Masnadieri, Atto III, ‘Destatevi, O Pietre… Giuri Ognun Questo Canuto’.wav
DR11 -0.92 dB -18.17 dB D2 Otello, Atto III, ‘Dio Mi Potevi Scagliar’.wav
DR13 -1.64 dB -21.52 dB D3 Otello, Atto IV, ‘Niun Mi Tema’.wav
DR11 -2.35 dB -19.49 dB D4 Macbeth, Atto IV, ‘O Figli, O Figli Miei… Ah, La Paterna Mano’.wav
Number of files: 13
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