Jonas Kaufmann: L`Opéra (CD)

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Jonas Kaufmann: L`Opéra (CD)
Release Date: September 15, 2017
Number of Discs: 1
Run Time: 74 minutes

Jonas Kaufmann pays homage to a magnificent era of opera that defined musical splendor and elegance, in his new album of 19th-century French opera arias and duets.

His selection of music for tenor spans this momentous period, starting with “Rachel, quand du Seigneur” from Halévy’s La Juive (1835), through two of Bizet’s greatest works, “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” from Carmen (1875) and “Au fond du temple saint” from Les Pêcheurs de perles (1863), by way of Gounod’s “Ah! lève-toi, soleil!” from Roméo et Juliette (1867) and ending with the latest aria “Pourquoi me réveiller” from Massenet’s masterpiece Werther (1892).

Plus many more along the way. “The French operatic repertory is very close to my heart,” says Kaufmann. “This fascinating music reflects a unique period in European culture. I didn’t want to choose only highlights for this album but also works and roles that have been key experiences for me. Wilhelm Meister in Mignon, for example, was my first major French role – I sang it in Toulouse in 2001.

Carmen and Werther helped to open doors for me. The fact that I sang my first Werther at the Paris Opéra of all places, as a German surrounded by a French ensemble, was undoubtedly rather risky, but I had some excellent guides to help me: répétiteurs, colleagues, conductors and, not least, the recordings of the legendary French tenor Georges Thill.”

TRACK LISTING:
1. Roméo et Juliette, Acte II: `L`amour... Ah! Lève-toi, soleil!` - Kaufmann, Jonas
(6:10) 8. L`Africaine, Acte IV: `Pays merveilleux!... Ô paradis` - Kaufmann, Jonas (3:26)
2. Werther, Acte III: `Traduire... Ah! bien souvent...Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du
printemps?` - Kaufmann, Jonas (3:45)
9. Manon, Acte II: `Enfin, Manon, nous voilà seuls ensemble!... En fermant les
yeux, je vois là-bas` - Kaufmann, Jonas (4:57)
3. Mignon, Acte III, scène 5: `Elle ne croyait pas, dans sa candeur naïve` -
Kaufmann, Jonas (4:16)
10. Manon, Acte III, Scène 2: `Toi! Vous!... N`est-ce plus ma main que cette main
presse?` - Kaufmann, Jonas (7:58)
4. Carmen, Acte II: `Je le veux, Carmen... La fleur que tu m`avais jetée` - Kaufmann,
Jonas (4:20)
11. Le Cid, Acte III, Scène 3: `Ah! tout est bien fini!... Ô souverain, ô juge, ô père` -
Kaufmann, Jonas (5:07)
5. Les pêcheurs de perles, Acte I: `C`est toi, toi qu`enfin je revois!... Au fond du
temple saint` - Kaufmann, Jonas (8:14) 12. La Juive, Acte IV: `Rachel, quand du Seigneur` - Kaufmann, Jonas (6:24)
6. Le roi d`Ys, Acte III, Scène 1:`Puisqu`on ne peut fléchir... Vainement, ma bienaimée`
- Kaufmann, Jonas (3:07)
13. La Damnation de Faust, Part III, Scène 1: `Merci, doux crépuscule!` -
Kaufmann, Jonas (5:52)
7. Les Contes d`Hoffmann, Acte IV: `Ô Dieu, de quelle ivresse` - Kaufmann, Jonas
(3:17)
14. Les Troyens, Acte V, Scène 1: `Inutiles regrets! Je dois quitter Carthage!` -
Kaufmann, Jonas (7:11)

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