Kaufmann - Dolce Vita (24/96 FLAC)
Kaufmann – Dolce Vita (24/96 FLAC)

Performer: Jonas Kaufmann
Orchestra: Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Palermo
Conductor: Asher Fisch
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Sony
Size: 2.17 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Lucio Dalla: Caruso
02. Ruggero Leoncavallo: Mattinata
03. Nino Rota: Parla più piano
04. Nicola Valente, Ernesto Tagliaferri: Passione
05. Guido Maria Ferilli: Un amore così grande
06. Romano Musumarra: Il canto
07. Giovanni D’Anzi: Voglio vivere così
08. Salvatore Cardillo: Catari’, Catari’ (Core ‘ngrato)
09. Ernesto de Curtis: Ti voglio tanto bene
10. Ernesto de Curtis: Non ti scordar di me
11. Guglielmo Cottrau: Fenesta ca lucive
12. Stanislao Gastaldon: Musica proibita
13. Cesare Andrea Bixio: Parlami d’amore Mariù
14. Ernesto de Curtis: Torna a Surriento
15. Domenico Modugno: Volare
16. Vincenzo De Crescenzo: Rondine al nido
17. Francesco Sartori: Con te partirò
18. Stephin Raymond Merritt: Il Libro dell’ Amore

The singing is warm, impeccably tasteful, and the recording is very “present”.
I would fault Sony for stinting on the CD booklet: these are famous songs, translated long ago; and it would have cost Sony very little to include the Italian and English words in the booklet. The booklet makes a big difference, and just putting stuff on a web page is not a substitute that is convenient. The same stinting occurred with Kaufmann’s “An Italian Night – Live from the Waldbühne Berlin” and his “Wien” recordings — no song texts. This is especially vexing with the “Wien” CD, whose songs are in the curious Viennese dialect of German, which is not very intelligible to outsiders. Much as I admire Kaufmann’s taste and art, I’d have to think twice about new recordings with such useless booklets. It’s not fair to knock off a star for the record company’s stinginess, for that might reflect on so fine an artist’s performance.

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