The great tenor fell out with the ancien regime at Universal and could not be wooed back by the new guys. He’s on Sony from here on. Details below.
A birthday present for Verdi: Jonas Kaufmann’s new album
It was with Verdi that Jonas Kaufmann made his international breakthrough in 2006 when he sang Alfredo Germont in La traviata at the Met. For Jonas Kaufmann the Verdi bicentenary in 2013 is inevitably dominated by performances of works by the great Italian opera composer, with three productions of Don Carlo (in London, Milan and Salzburg), two role débuts in Il trovatore and La forza del destino and his first album devoted to Verdi.
Sony Classical is extremely pleased to welcome the internationally acclaimed tenor to the label with his Sony debut recording The Verdi Album.
Recorded in Auditorium Niccolò Paganini in Parma with Pier Giorgio Morandi conducting the Orchestra dell’Opera di Parma, this new CD features thirteen highlights, of which eleven are firsts for Kaufmann: on stage he has so far sung only the tenor favourite ‘La donna è mobile’ from Rigoletto and the duet with the Marquis de Posa fromDon Carlo.
He has learnt all the other titles specially for this CD: ‘Celeste Aida’ from Aida and ‘Di quella pira’ from Il trovatore, the famous tenor arias fromMacbeth, Luisa Miller and La forza del destino, the dramatic highlights from I masnadieri and Simon Boccanegra and two arias each from Un ballo in maschera and Otello. This range not only reflects the exceptional development in Verdi’s operatic output but also reveals Jonas Kaufmann’s vocal flexibility, which extends from the lyrical sweetness of ‘Quando le sere al placido’ in Luisa Miller to Otello’s emotional outburst in ‘Dio mi potevi’. Few singers have ever completed this journey.
For Jonas Kaufmann, Giuseppe Verdi is: “a man of the people: his music is so powerful that it reaches people and moves them even outside the world of opera. Quite simply, Verdi is musically
synonymous with Italy. Everyone knows his melodies and can sing them. Then there is Verdi the great dramatist, the man who set plays by Shakespeare and Schiller and who was seventy-four
when he wrote a piece that sounds more modern and bold than anything he had written until then: Otello. When I recorded these two scenes for my Verdi album, I was so drawn into the sway of the
music that I wish I could have sung the whole part on stage straightaway, but I shall have to be patient, because it will be a couple of years before I sing my first Otello in the theatre.”
After innumerable international successes in Italian, German and French operas, Jonas Kaufmann is now universally acclaimed as the ‘King of Tenors’. He sings at all the major international opera houses from the Met and La Scala to the Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opéra and London’s Royal Opera House. He also appears annually at the Salzburg Festival and reaches an audience of millions through his opera broadcasts in the cinema and on television. He is also in international demand as a concert artist and lieder recitalist. His regular accompanist is Helmut Deutsch, with whom he has worked ever since he was a student in Munich. In 2011 he won the Opera News Award in New York and was appointed a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.
GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813–1901)
1 “La donna è mobile” (Duca)
2 “Se quel guerrier io fossi! … Celeste Aida” (Radamès)
Un ballo in maschera
3 “Di’ tu se fedele” (Riccardo)
4 “Forse la soglia attinse … Ma se m’è forza perderti” (Riccardo)
5: “Ah! sì, ben mio … Di quella pira” (Manrico)
with Giovanni Gregnanin Ruiz · Erika Grimaldi Leonora
6 “Oh! fede negar potessi … Quando le sere al placido” (Rodolfo)
7 “O inferno! Amelia qui! … Sento avvampar nell’anima … Cielo pietoso, rendila” (Gabriele)
8 “È lui! desso, l’Infante! … Dio, che nell’alma infondere” (Don Carlo)
with Franco Vassallo Rodrigo · Daniele Cusari un frate
La forza del destino
9 “La vita è inferno all’infelice … O tu, che in seno agli angeli” (Alvaro)
10 “Destatevi, o pietre! … Giuri ognun questo canuto” (Carlo)
11 “Dio! mi potevi scagliar” (Otello)
12“Niun mi tema” (Otello)
with Franco Vassallo Jago
13 “O figli, o figli miei! … Ah, la paterna mano” (Macduff)
Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza
Orchestra dell’Opera di Parma
PIER GIORGIO MORANDI
UK Release Date: Sep 2013