Jonas Kaufmann: 50 Great Arias | Decca 4787646

Jonas Kaufmann: 50 Great Arias

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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4787646

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 4

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 3rd November 2014

Contents

Artists

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)
Rosa Feola (soprano)
Cristina Reale (soprano)
Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)
Michael Volle (bass baritone)
Margarethe Joswig (mezzo-soprano)
Coro di Teatro Regio Parma
Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

Conductors

Marco Armiliato
Claudio Abbado
Antonio Pappano
Donald Runnicles

Artists

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)
Rosa Feola (soprano)
Cristina Reale (soprano)
Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)
Michael Volle (bass baritone)
Margarethe Joswig (mezzo-soprano)
Coro di Teatro Regio Parma
Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

Conductors

Marco Armiliato
Claudio Abbado
Antonio Pappano
Donald Runnicles

About

Jonas Kaufmann signed to Decca in 2007, and this outstanding collection of four recital CDs was recorded from 2007-2013. During those six years, there has been nothing but raining superlatives for Kaufmann, from critics and public alike.

Accolades for Kaufmann’s Decca recordings have been plentiful, with recent awards including the inaugural International Opera Award for best male singer, three Gramophone Awards, a Goldene Deutschland Award, a Grammy, an ECHO Award, Artist of the Year from Musical America and the Bayerische Europamedaille. He also starred in the recent Grammy-winning production of The Ring at the Met. 

Jonas Kaufmann is renowned for his versatility, and this varied selection of 50 Arias showcases his vocal flexibility in style, genres and languages. Each of the recital discs matched Kaufmann with an eminent conductor particularly suited to the repertoire chosen: initially Marco Armiliato, followed by Claudio Abbado, Antonio Pappano, and Donald Runnicles.

Critics have been similarly unanimous in praising the brilliance of the supporting orchestras and conductors: “Whatever he sings is cradled by the equally refined musicianship of Claudio Abbado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. They're as much of a chameleon as Kaufmann.” (The Times).

Contents:
ROMANTIC ARIAS

1. Puccini: "Che gelida manina" [La Bohème / Act 1] 
2. Bizet: "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée" [Carmen / Act 2] 
3. Flotow: "Ach, so fromm" [Martha / Act 3] 
4. Puccini: "E lucevan le stelle" [Tosca / Act 3] 
5. Verdi: "Io l'ho perduta... Io la vidi, a suo sorriso" [Don Carlo / Act 1]
6. Weber: "Nein, länger trag' ich nicht die Quälen…" [Der Freischütz / Act 1] 
7. Verdi: "Lunge da lei...De miei bollenti spiriti...O mio rimorso" [La traviata / Act 2] 
8. Massenet: "Je suis seul...Ah, fuyez, douce image" [Manon / Act 3] 
9. Verdi: "Ella mi fu rapita...Parmi veder le lagrime" [Rigoletto / Act 2]
10. Gounod: "Quel trouble inconnu...Salut! Demeure chaste et pure" [Faust / Act 3] 
11. Wagner: "Morgenlich leuchtend" [Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg / Act 3]
12. Berlioz: Invocation à la Nature. "Nature immense" [La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 4]
13. Massenet: "Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps?" [Werther / Act 3]

Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / Marco Armiliato

MOZART, SCHUBERT, BEETHOVEN & WAGNER
1. Wagner: "In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten" [Lohengrin / Act 3] 
2. Wagner: "Mein lieber Schwan!" [Lohengrin / Act 3]
3. Mozart: "Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön" [Die Zauberflöte, K.620 / Act 1] 
4. Mozart: "Die Weisheitslehre dieser Knaben" [Die Zauberflöte, K.620 / Act 1]
with Michael Volle (bass-baritone), Coro di Teatro Regio Parma
5. Schubert: Recitativ und Arie: "Was quälst du mich..." [Fierrabras, D796 / Act 1] 
6. Schubert: Schon, wenn es beginnt zu tragen... [Alfonso und Estrella, D.732] 
7. Beethoven: "Gott! Welch Dunkel hier!" In des Lebens Frühlingstagen" [Fidelio op.72 / Act 2]
8. Wagner: "Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond" [Die Walküre / Erster Aufzug]
9. Wagner: "Amfortas! Die Wunde!" [Parsifal / Act 2]
with Margarethe Joswig (mezzo-soprano)
10. Wagner: "Nur eine Waffe taugt" [Parsifal / Act 3] 
with Coro di Teatro Regio Parma

Mahler Chamber Orchestra / Claudio Abbado
 
VERISMO
1. Zandonai: "Giulietta! Son io!" [Giulietta e Romeo / Act 3]  
2. Giordano: Colpito qui m'avete … Un dì all’azzurro spazio [Andrea Chénier / Act 1] 
3. Giordano: Come un bel dì di maggio [Andrea Chénier / Act 4] 
4. Cilèa: "E la solita storia" [L'Arlesiana / Act 2]   
5. Leoncavallo: "Musetta! O gioia della mia dimora! - Testa adorata" [La bohème / Act 3]
6. Leoncavallo: "Recitar!" - "Vesti la giubba" [Pagliacci / Act 1] 
7. Mascagni: "Intanto, amici, qua...Viva il vino spumeggiante" [Cavalleria rusticana]
with Rosa Feola (soprano), Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia
8. Mascagni: "Mamma, quel vino è generoso" [Cavalleria rusticana]
with Cristina Reale (soprano)
9. Boïto: Dai campi, dai prati [Mefistofele / Act 1] 
10. Boïto: "Giunto sul passo estremo" [Mefistofele / Act 4] 
11. Giordano: "Amor ti vieta" [Fedora / Act 2]
12. Cilèa: L'anima ho stanca [Adriana Lecouvreur / Act 2]
13. Cilèa: "La dolcissima effigie" [Adriana Lecouvreur / Act 1]
14. Ponchielli: "Sì...questa estrema grazia" [I Lituani] 
15. Ponchielli: "Cielo e mar" [La Gioconda / Act 2] 
16. Refice: "Ombra di nube" 
17. Giordano: Vicino a te s'acqueta [Andrea Chénier / Act 4] 
with Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)

Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Antonio Pappano

WAGNER
1. Wagner: "Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater" [Die Walküre / Erster Aufzug] 
2. Wagner: "Daß der mein Vater nicht ist...Du holdes Voglein!" [Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug]
3. Wagner: "Allmächt'ger Vater, blick herab" [Rienzi / Act 5]
4. Wagner: "Inbrunst im Herzen" [Tannhäuser / Act 3] 
5. Wagner: "Am stillen Herd" [Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg / Act 1] 
6. Wagner: "In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten" [Lohengrin / Act 3] 
7. Wagner: Der Engel [Wesendonck Lieder] 
8. Wagner: Stehe still [Wesendonck Lieder] 
9. Wagner: Im Treibhaus [Wesendonck Lieder] 
10. Wagner: Schmerzen [Wesendonck Lieder] 
11. Wagner: Träume [Wesendonck Lieder] 
 
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin / Donald Runnicles

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