Composer: Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann – tenor, Kristine Opolais – soprano
Orchestra: Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 96kHz
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Size: 1,11 GB
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Jonas Kaufmann – Nessun Dorma – The Puccini Album (2015)
Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (1858-1924)
01. Manon Lescaut, Atto I: “Donna non vidi mai” [02:31]
02. Manon Lescaut, Atto II: “Oh, sarò la più bella!… Tu, tu, amore? Tu?” [07:45]
03. Manon Lescaut, Atto II: “Ah! Manon mi tradisce” [02:43]
04. Manon Lescaut, Atto III:”Presto! In fila!… Non v’avvicinate! No, pazzo son!” [03:38]
05. Le Villi, Atto II: “Ei giunge!… Torna ai felici dì” [07:29]
06. Edgar, Atto II: “Orgia, chimera dall’occhio vitreo” [05:11]
07. La Bohème Atto I: “O soave fanciulla” [04:15]
08. Tosca, Atto I: “Recondita armonia” [02:57]
09. Madama Butterfly, Atto III: “Addio, fiorito asil” [01:50]
10. La Fanciulla del West, Atto II: “Una parola sola!… Or son sei mesi” [03:33]
11. La Fanciulla del West, Atto III: “Risparmiate lo scherno… Ch’ella mi creda libero” [04:39]
12. La Rondine, Atto I: “Parigi! È la città dei desideri” [02:59]
13. Il Tabarro: “Hai ben ragione” [02:31]
14. Gianni Schicchi: “Avete torto!… Firenze e come un albero fiorito” [03:01]
15. Turandot, Atto I: “Non piangere, Liù!” [02:41]
16. Turandot, Atto III: “Nessun Dorma” [03:10]
Described by The Daily Telegraph as “The world’s greatest tenor”, Jonas Kaufmann dedicates his new album to the most popular Italian opera composer of all time, Giacomo Puccini. Featuring the most loved aria of all time, ‘Nessun Dorma’, alongside stunning pieces from Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, Tosca and more. Together with Jonas Kaufmann, this album includes celebrated Royal Opera House conductor Antonio Pappano and his renowned orchestra and choir of the Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia.
Although he does not sound very Italian, Kaufmann draws strength from staying true to himself, a gloriously bronze-voiced German tenor, welding musicianship with smouldering emotion…Pappano and his Santa Cecilia orchestra fire up every track with native Italian passion.
Kaufmann’s reassuringly expensive-sounding voice finding luxurious and ardent support from Antonio Pappano and his Santa Cecilia Orchestra…Dick Johnson suits his poetico-heroic manner well…and there are few quibbles with Kaufmann in the title track, delivered (as the disc’s finale) with his trademark purring, mahogany-tinged tone and rising to a ringing top B
Kaufmann may be an artist capable of immense interpretative subtlety, but as with his earlier discs of Verismo and Verdi he never short-changes in terms of the heart-on-sleeve theatricality that so much of this music demands…You’d have to try pretty hard, I think, not to enjoy this disc immensely, at least if you modify your memory to erase any traces of Pavarotti…Puccini’s tenor writing is often associated with a rather more ‘golden’ sound than Kaufmann’s essentially coppery one, but once you adjust to that everything’s glorious.
All the operas (except the all-female Suor Angelica) are represented, ending with a pinging, thrilling Nessun Dorma. It’s as far from Pavarotti as you can get, yet still captures the essence of Puccini.
On stage he is remarkably invested in character and text, in other words in being somebody else rather than himself. The best of Nessun Dorma — and Kaufmann’s best is peerless — shows how well he can do that even on record, assisted by the vivid playing of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome under Antonio Pappano.
New York Times
With its smoky sheen, earthy colorings and heft, the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann’s voice may not seem born to the red-sauce Puccini idiom. But he brings abundant lyricism and exciting ardor to this intelligent program.