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Jonas Kaufmann - Pourquoi me reveiller makes NPR: Best 100 Songs of 2017

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The German superstar tenor virtually owns the role of Massenet's lovesick Werther today. Jonas Kaufmann has both the brawn and the brains to portray the high-maintenance romantic who gradually goes nuts (and kills himself) by the time the final curtain falls. The voice, handsome and smoky with a baritone's timbre, is manly, and furnishes plenty of power to pour out Werther's anguish. But there's more than just muscle with Kaufmann. Listen to him float soft, pillowy, perfectly focused notes on the phrase "Ô souffle du printemps" (O breath of springtime). -Tom Huizenga

 

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