Jonas Kaufmann – Wagner (CD)

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Jonas Kaufmann – Wagner (CD)
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Release Date:  February 12, 2013
Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
Artists:  Jonas Kaufmann
Orchestra: Orchester de Deutschen Oper Berlin
Chorus: Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin 
Label: Decca

Jonas Kaufmann recorded this solo album especially for the Wagner anniversary year commemorating the composer’s 200th birthday, and is joined by the chorus and orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin under the direction of Donald Runnicles.
This CD includes a selection of the great Heldentenor scenes and arias coupled with the complete (and rarely recorded by the tenor voice) Wesendonck Lieder, along with scenes from Die Walküre, Siegfried, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Tannhäuser and Lohengrin (extended Grail  Scene – Gralserzählung – with its original second verse).

Track Listings:
1. Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater
2. Daß der mein Vater nicht ist...Du holdes Voglein!
3. Allmächt'ger Vater, blick herab
4. Inbrunst im Herzen
5. Am stillen Herd
6. In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten
7. Der Engel
8. Stehe still
9. Im Treibhaus
10. Schmerzen
11. Träume

“From the baritonal colorings, unforced power and lyrical elegance of Mr. Kaufmann’s Wagner singing on the new recording, he seems born to the [Wagner] style.” – New York Times


Richard Wagner’s Parsifal

First seen in 1882, Wagner’s final masterpiece was written specifically for the space and acoustics of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, where it was meant to be performed exclusively. The Met presented the first staged production outside Bayreuth in 1903. With a score of magnificent subtlety and beauty and a story that blends the legend of the Holy Grail with Christian imagery, Buddhist ideas, and 19th-century European philosophy, Parsifal is a unique work that transcends the boundaries of the standard repertoire. “Parsifal is not just an opera—it’s a mission,” says François Girard, who directed the Met’s acclaimed 2013 production. “At the end of his life, Wagner was trying to reconcile all the aspects of his spirituality. It’s a sacred piece in the history of music.”


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An amazing experience

This CD gave me an amazing experience in listening to Jonas Kaufmann singing Wagner. The beauty of his voice is only one side of the pleasure. In arias he never sang yet on stage, his interpretation conveys the drama happening in the opera. Im talking here especialy about the Romeerzahlung from Tanheuser. It is completely spellbinding. The interpretation of the Wasendonck Lieder is moving to tears. This CD should win a Grammy for its beauty and quality.

Marika, March 2013
Familiarity: 4-6 months Age Range: 65 and up

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