Mahler - Das Lied von der ErdeSony Classical
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1 Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde
2 Der Einsame im Herbst
3 Von der Jugend
4 Von der Schonheit
5 Der Trunkene im Fruhling
6 Der Abschied
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Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde was posthumously premiered in Munich in 1911 and described by Mahler as a "symphony for tenor, alto (or baritone) and orchestra." It follows that two soloists have been featured in every performance and recording to date: either tenor and baritone or tenor and alto/mezzo soprano. Jonas Kaufmann is the first soloist to be heard singing both parts. His recording of Gustav Mahler'sDas Lied von der Erde has been recently released on Sony Classical.
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Sony Classical announces new 'Otello' with Jonas Kaufmann / OPERAWIRE
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Jonas Kaufmann - Pourquoi me reveiller makes NPR: Best 100 Songs of 2017
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Jonas Kaufmann - A Tenor At The Top / NPR: All Things Considered
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Jonas Kaufmann - L'Opera pays homage to operatic splendor and elegance / WFMT Radio
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Jonas Kaufmann receives the ECHO KLASSIK Award for 'Bestseller Of The Year'
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Jonas Kaufmann - The Puccini Album / ClassicsToday
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Opera News - First Look: Jonas Kaufmann's "Nessun dorma"
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Jonas Kaufmann - Nessun Dorma, The Puccini Album / WFMT: New Release Of the Week
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Jonas Kaufmann - The Puccini Album / Buffalo News
Nessun Dorma, The Puccini Album, Jonas Kaufmann, tenor, Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano, conductor (Sony). My dad used to say that the line separating Puccini and Broadway was faint, and listening to this disc I remembered his opinion and agreed with it. I cannot imagine anyone who loves "The Phantom of the Opera" not thrilling to the love duet from "La Bo...
Jonas Kaufmann - Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album is an NPR 'First Listen'
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Jonas Kaufmann - You Mean the World to Me / Classical Candor review
This disc is for fans of international superstar Jonas Kaufmann, fans of early twentieth-century stage and screen songs, and maybe fans of Romantic nostalgia as well.
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Jonas Kaufmann performs at Syndey Opera House / The Guardian review
Superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann is the type of man your mother warned you about. His rock star looks are equal parts Antonio Banderas, George Clooney and Eric Bana – he has the Spaniard's gaze, Clooney's statesman-like poise and is an incredible Hulk in the high notes department. With a face that has graced Vogue, this tenor is the opera world's closest thing to a Hollywood heartthrob. But does ...
The passion of Jonas Kaufmann / The Australian interview
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Jonas Kaufmann - The Verdi Album / Audiophile Audition review
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Tenor Jonas Kaufmann seeking passion, not perfection / The Sydney Morning Herald interview
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Jonas Kaufmann interview with The Opera Blog
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Jonas Kaufmann - Schubert: Winterreise / Opera News review
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Jonas Kaufmann - Schubert: Winterreise / The Buffalo News review
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Jonas Kaufmann: the complete artist to perform in Australia / Limelight Magazine
The first visit to Australia by the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann is one of the most anticipated events in this yearʼs performing arts calendar. Widely regarded as the finest tenor in the world today, Kaufmann, at 44, is in his prime. Many operatic tenors have enjoyed highly successful careers based largely on the brilliance of their vocal technique alone. The ability of these singers to inhabit a...
Jonas Kaufmann: the world's greatest tenor / The Telegraph interview
Jonas Kaufmann is rehearsing the death scene from Puccini's Manon Lescaut. In the interest of avoiding spoilers for those who don't know the French 18th-century story by the Abbé Prévost, I won't say whose death. But Manon Lescaut (which has formed the basis of a classical ballet and two 19th-century operas) is a tragic opera, and Kaufmann does operatic tragedy in a manner to rip your heart...
Jonas Kaufmann performing Schubert's Der Linderbaum is KDFC 'Download of the Week'
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Jonas Kaufmann interview with BBC Radio 3: Music Matters
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Jonas Kaufmann returns to Sydney / Limelight Magazine review
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Jonas Kaufmann - Schubert: Winterreise featured on MPR: New Classical Tracks
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Jonas Kaufmann - Schubert: Winterreise is WFMT 'New Release of the Week'
For Jonas Kaufmann, however much he loves opera, he considers interpreting the classical lieder repertory the highest order of singing. It demands far more detailed work than any other vocal discipline, more color, more nuances and a greater range of dynamics. Says Kaufmann, "I think thatWinterreise has the same sort of cathartic effect as a Greek drama: the emotional experience purges the soul...
Jonas Kaufmann - Schubert: Winterreise / Audiophile Audition review
The astonishingly brilliant Jonas Kaufmann tells us in the notes to this release that he treats Winterreise in much the same way as an operatic role; it is easy for him to immerse himself in Schubert's character, to become him, and to feel things as the protagonist feels them. This is certainly something that comes across very well in this new recording, yet another in a long line of recent Winterreises ...
Jonas Kaufmann - Schubert: Winterreise / News & Observer review
For the male classical singer, Franz Schubert's 1828 song cycle, Winterreise ("Winter Journey") is a tantalizing but elusive prize. Its 24 sections, telling the story of a rejected lover's torment, demand every skill in a singer's arsenal. In this 75-minute dramatic monologue, the performer must express minute gradations of emotion (anger, depression, false hope, death wishes), paying close attention to ...
Jonas Kaufmann - Schubert: Winterreise / NJ.com review
Jonas Kaufmann has become the Metropolitan Opera's go-to tenor for a wide variety of leading roles, and has consistently lived up to his reputation. In the more intimate realm of Schubert's song cycle "Winterreise," however, his artistry and the uniqueness of his dynamic sound are perhaps even more striking than they are onstage - or when he records arias with orchestra. Throughout the work, his voic...
Jonas Kaufmann - Schubert: Winterreise / The Guardian review
Having recently released a recording of the piece, Jonas Kaufmann is currently touring Schubert's great song-cycle Winterreise, partnered by pianist and regular recital partner Helmut Deutsch. The venues are large, including La Scala in Milan and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris; in London, he sang the 80-minute sequence of 24 songs on the vast Covent Garden stage. ...
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