Liszt - Freudvoll und Leidvoll | Sony 19439892602

Liszt - Freudvoll und Leidvoll


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Label: Sony

Cat No: 19439892602

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 17th September 2021



The new album from globally acclaimed superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann. On Liszt - Freudvoll und Leidvoll, he joins forces with pianist Helmut Deutsch to perform a programme of songs by a largely neglected lieder composer, Franz Liszt.

After their album Selige Stunde, Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch used the lockdown necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic to make a further series of recordings. Their second album of songs is devoted to Franz Liszt, a composer for whom both feel a special affinity and whose music has long featured in their shared concert career. The album title taken is from one of the Lied’s (song’s) titles, meaning “joyful & sorrowful”.

Together with a group of six other songs including Vergiftet sind meine Lieder, Der König von Thule and Ihr Glocken von Marling, the demanding Petrarch Sonnets have been a part of Jonas Kaufmann’s repertory for many years, while Loreley, O lieb, solang du lieben kannst and Es muss ein Wunderbares sein are among his regular encores.

“I’m very pleased that our enforced rest made this album possible – under normal circumstances it would probably not have come into existence quite so quickly” Kaufmann says of the album. “As a result we were able to record not only those Liszt songs that we had already tried out in the concert hall but also a number of others that until now have been overshadowed by Liszt’s ‘great hits’”.

One of the world’s most acclaimed operatic tenors, Kaufmann has been described by The New York Times as ""a box-office draw, and... the most important, versatile tenor of his generation.” Helmut Deutsch ranks among the finest, most successful and in-demand song recital accompanists of the world, and is particularly known for his lieder accompaniment, having been described as a “truly outstanding interpreter” of Liszt.

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