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The Best of Jonas Kaufmann


Release Date: 09/03/2013 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001894302   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniGeorges BizetGiuseppe VerdiCharles Gounod,   ... 
Performer:  Jonas KaufmannJana SiberaRenée FlemingBarbara Vignudelli,   ... 
Conductor:  Marco ArmiliatoAntonio PappanoClaudio AbbadoJohn Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic OrchestraVerdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra MilanVerdi Chorus Milan,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

First ever ‘Best of’ from the world’s leading tenor.

"The hottest tenor in opera" - New York Times
“The colour, the elegance and the sheer beauty of tone in his singing are truly exceptional” - The Guardian

Showcasing the unique variety and quality of Jonas Kaufmann’s award-winning recordings for Decca, this album contains some of the best-loved operatic repertoire and some of Kaufmann's greatest roles, conducted by masters such as Abbado, Pappano and Gardiner and recorded in resplendent Decca sound.

Central to the collection are the two great nineteenth-century operatic geniuses Verdi and Wagner, coinciding with their 200th anniversaries. Kaufmann is probably the only tenor
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It also features extracts from some of the greatest works in the operatic canon including arias by Puccini, Bizet and Mozart, as well as two recordings of Mascagni and Richard Strauss which are NEW TO CD. He is joined by Renee Fleming for the duet from Puccini’s 'La Rondine'. 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.
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Works on This Recording

1.
La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Don Carlos: Io l'ho perduta by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), Jana Sibera (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1851 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Faust: Salut! demeure chaste et pure by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: French 
8.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Morgenlich leuchtend by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller? by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: French 
10.
La Rondine: Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), Barbara Vignudelli (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Italy 
11.
I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
12.
Iris: Apri la tua finestra! by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
13.
Cavalleria Rusticana: Viva il vino spumeggiante "Brindisi" by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), Rosa Feola (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
14.
L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia...Anch'io vorrei "Lamento" by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1937; Italy 
15.
Fedora: Amor ti vieta by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
16.
Ombra di Nube by Licinio Refice
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
17.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
19.
Oberon, J 306: Ich juble in Glück und Hoffnung neu by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825-1826; Dresden, Germany 
20.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 2, Cäcilie by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 

Sound Samples

Don Carlo / Act 1: "Io l'ho perduta... Io la vidi, a suo sorriso"
La traviata / Act 2: "Lunge da lei...De miei bollenti spiriti...O mio rimorso"
Rigoletto / Act 2: "Ella mi fu rapita...Parmi veder le lagrime"
La Bohème / Act 1: "Che gelida manina"
Tosca / Act 3: "E lucevan le stelle"
La Rondine / Act 2: "Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso"
Pagliacci / Act 1: "Recitar!" - "Vesti la giubba"
Carmen / Act 2: "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée"
Iris / Act 1: "Apri la tua finestra!"
Cavalleria rusticana: "Intanto, amici, qua...Viva il vino spumeggiante"
L'Arlesiana / Act 2: "E la solita storia"
Fedora / Act 2: "Amor ti vieta"
Werther / Act 3: "Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps?"
Faust / Act 3: "Quel trouble inconnu...Salut! Demeure chaste et pure"
"Ombra di nube"
Die Zauberflöte, K.620 / Act 1: "Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön"
Oberon - English Text Version with Narration / Act 3: "I Revel In Hope"
Caecilie, Op.27, No.2: Caecilie
Die Walküre / Erster Aufzug: "Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond"
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg / Act 3: "Morgenlich leuchtend"

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