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An Italian Night - Live From The Waldbuhne Berlin (DVD)
RELEASE DATE: 28th September 2018

Two years after the release of his highly successful album Dolce Vita, Jonas Kaufmann reaffirmed his love affair with Italian music this summer with a special concert at the Waldbühne – Berlin’s renowned stage-beneath-the-stars. In what can be seen as a wondrous zenith of his dedication to Italy and her music, the concert has become one of this year’s biggest classical music events. Sony Classical is proud to announce the release of the magical concert on DVD.   

 

“An Italian Night – Live from the Waldbühne Berlin” features popular songs and canzone as well as passionate Italian opera arias and duets from Cavalleria rusticana, where Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili joined Jonas as a charming guest-artist and duet partner. Both were supported by Jochen Rieder conducting the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.

 

Those who missed the amazing atmosphere of the concert at the 20,000-seater Waldbühne can now experience the attractive mix of opera, songs and italianità that brought the audience to their feet and resulted in seven incredible encores including “Parla più piano” (The Godfather theme), “Volare” in special duet form and the mighty “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s opera Turandot. The evening’s delights also included Ponchielli’s “Cielo e mar” from his opera La Gioconda, as well as the popular songs “Torna a Surriento”, “Non ti scordar di me”, a unique solo rendition of Lucio Dalla’s “Caruso” by Anita Rachvelishvili, and a stirring duet of “Il canto” between Jonas and Anita.

 

The full 110-minute concert recording filmed by ZDF & 3sat in collaboration with concert promoter Alegria and Semmel Concerts.

 

TRACKLISTING

1. Verdi – I Vespri Sciciliani: Sinfonia

2. Ponchielli - La Gioconda, Atto II: Cielo e mar

3. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Voi lo sapete, o mamma

4. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Tu qui, Santuzza?

5. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo sinfonico

6. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Mamma, quel vino è generoso

7. De Curtis - Ti voglio tanto bene

8. D'Anzi - Voglio vivere così

9. Leoncavallo - Mattinata

10. Rota - The Legend of the Glass Mountain (From "The Glass Mountain")

11. De Crescenzo - Rondine al nido

12. Dalla - Caruso

13. Bixio - Parlami d'amore, Mariù

14. Rota - La passerella di addio (From "Otto e mezzo")

15. De Curtis - Torna a Surriento

16. Musumarra - Il canto

17. De Curtis - Non ti scordar di me

18. Rota - Parla più piano (Theme from "The Godfather")

19. Ferilli - Un amore così grande

20. Gastaldon - Musica proibita

21. Tagliaferri, Valente - Passione

22. Cardillo - Catarì, Catarì (Core 'ngrato)

23. Modugno - Volare

24. Puccini - Turandot, Atto III: Nessun Dorma

RUNNING TIME – 1:54:10

 

 
An Italian Night - Live From The Waldbuhne Berlin (Blu-Ray)
RELEASE DATE: 28th September 2018

Two years after the release of his highly successful album Dolce Vita, Jonas Kaufmann reaffirmed his love affair with Italian music this summer with a special concert at the Waldbühne – Berlin’s renowned stage-beneath-the-stars. In what can be seen as a wondrous zenith of his dedication to Italy and her music, the concert has become one of this year’s biggest classical music events. Sony Classical is proud to announce the release of the magical concert on Blu-ray.   

 

“An Italian Night – Live from the Waldbühne Berlin” features popular songs and canzone as well as passionate Italian opera arias and duets from Cavalleria rusticana, where Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili joined Jonas as a charming guest-artist and duet partner. Both were supported by Jochen Rieder conducting the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.

 

Those who missed the amazing atmosphere of the concert at the 20,000-seater Waldbühne can now experience the attractive mix of opera, songs and italianità that brought the audience to their feet and resulted in seven incredible encores including “Parla più piano” (The Godfather theme), “Volare” in special duet form and the mighty “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s opera Turandot. The evening’s delights also included Ponchielli’s “Cielo e mar” from his opera La Gioconda, as well as the popular songs “Torna a Surriento”, “Non ti scordar di me”, a unique solo rendition of Lucio Dalla’s “Caruso” by Anita Rachvelishvili, and a stirring duet of “Il canto” between Jonas and Anita.

 

The full 110-minute concert recording filmed by ZDF & 3sat in collaboration with concert promoter Alegria and Semmel Concerts.

 

TRACKLISTING

1. Verdi – I Vespri Sciciliani: Sinfonia

2. Ponchielli - La Gioconda, Atto II: Cielo e mar

3. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Voi lo sapete, o mamma

4. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Tu qui, Santuzza?

5. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo sinfonico

6. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Mamma, quel vino è generoso

7. De Curtis - Ti voglio tanto bene

8. D'Anzi - Voglio vivere così

9. Leoncavallo - Mattinata

10. Rota - The Legend of the Glass Mountain (From "The Glass Mountain")

11. De Crescenzo - Rondine al nido

12. Dalla - Caruso

13. Bixio - Parlami d'amore, Mariù

14. Rota - La passerella di addio (From "Otto e mezzo")

15. De Curtis - Torna a Surriento

16. Musumarra - Il canto

17. De Curtis - Non ti scordar di me

18. Rota - Parla più piano (Theme from "The Godfather")

19. Ferilli - Un amore così grande

20. Gastaldon - Musica proibita

21. Tagliaferri, Valente - Passione

22. Cardillo - Catarì, Catarì (Core 'ngrato)

23. Modugno - Volare

24. Puccini - Turandot, Atto III: Nessun Dorma

RUNNING TIME – 1:54:10

 

An Italian Night - Live From The Waldbuhne Berlin (CD)
RELEASE DATE: 14th September 2018

Jonas Kaufmann regarded as “The world’s greatest tenor” (The Telegraph) presented his most popular Italian repertoire live from Berlin’s outdoor amphitheater Waldbühne (Forest Stage) on Friday July 13th, 2018.

He brought-the-house-down with a succession of hits from his extremely popular “Dolce Vita” programme as well as exciting arias and duets (with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili) from the Italian opera repertoire.

Available in DVD & Blu-Ray format as well on the 28th September and in cinemas across Australia September 8 & 9.


TRACKLISTING

1. Ponchielli - La Gioconda, Atto II: Cielo e mar

2. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Tu qui, Santuzza?

3. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Ah! Lo vedi, che hai tu detto?

4. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Mamma, quel vino è generoso

5. De Curtis - Ti voglio tanto bene

6. D'Anzi - Voglio vivere così

7. Leoncavallo - Mattinata

8. De Crescenzo - Rondine al nido

9. Dalla - Caruso

10. Bixio - Parlami d'amore, Mariù

11. De Curtis - Torna a Surriento

12. Musumarra - Il canto

13. De Curtis - Non ti scordar di me

14. Rota - Parla più piano (Theme from "The Godfather")

15. Ferilli - Un amore così grande

16. Gastaldon - Musica proibita

17. Tagliaferri, Valente - Passione

18. Cardillo - Catarì, Catarì (Core 'ngrato)

19. Modugno - Volare

20. Puccini - Turandot, Atto III: Nessun Dorma

You Mean The World To Me (CD)

Jonas Kaufmann You Mean The World To Me (CD)

$14.99

You Mean The World To Me (CD)

by Jonas Kaufmann
$14.99

Jonas draws inspiration from an artistically rich and fascinating time of European musical history. The repertoire ranges from the Lehár-Tauber-Hits of the „Roaring Twenties“ until the heyday of the “Talkies” films in the mid 1930’s which saw the eventual expulsion and banning of the composers, lyricists and singers who had defined the genre.

 

The repertoire draws from 3 strands of musical history (Talking movies, Operetta and Polystylistic composers) and shows Jonas’ voice at its most flexible. Along with film hits such as “Irgendwo auf die Welt” & “Im Traum hast du mir alles erlaubt” and “popsongs” like Paul Abrahams’ “Diwanpüppchen” which require a lighter voice, Jonas also offers a tenorial “tour de force” with the rarely recorded „Lied vom Leben des Schrenk“ by Künneke.

 

The album naturally also includes operetta evergreens by the unbeatable composer-tenor pairing of Franz Lehàr and Richard Tauber – including “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz”, “Hab’ ein blaues Himmelbett ” and “Gern hab ich die Frauen geküßt”.

 

Jonas’ favoured encores - Richard Tauber’s famous self-penned “Du bist die Welt für mich” and “Ein Lied geht um die Welt” made famous by Joseph Schmidt in the movie of the same title - are also naturally included.

TRACKLISTING

1. Girls Are Made to Love and Kiss

2. You Are My Heart's Delight

3. Der singende Traum: "Du bist die Welt für mich"

4. My Little Nest of Heavenly Blue

5. Das Liebeskommando: "Im Traum hast Du mir alles erlaubt"

6. Gräfin Mariza: "Grüß mir mein Wien (Wenn es Abend wird)"

7. Der Blonde Traum: "Irgendwo auf der Welt"

8. My Song Goes Round the World

9. Giuditta: "Freunde das Leben ist lebenswert"

10. Victor und ihr Husar: "Reich mir zum Abschied noch einmal die Hände"

11. It Must Be Wonderful

12. Die Blume von Hawaii: "Diwanpüppchen"

13. Don't Ask Me Why

14. Das Lied einer Nacht: "Heute Nacht oder nie"

15. Die große Sünderin: "Das Lied vom Leben des Schrenk"

16. Die tote Stadt: "Glück, das mir verblieb"

17. Je t'ai donné mon coeur

 

Dolce Vita (CD)

Jonas Kaufmann Dolce Vita (CD)

$19.99

Dolce Vita (CD)

by Jonas Kaufmann
$19.99

Italy! Like nowhere else on earth – the sunshine and sea salt, the smell of citrus and coffee, a flirtatious glance, an incomparable song drawn deep from the heart. Italy and its immortal music have a magical pull on people like no other culture – and Jonas Kaufmann feels this particularly keenly. The new album Dolce vita is his tribute to this culture, this way of life that has conceived one immortal melody after the other for the tenor voice and influenced him so much. Now Sony Classical is proud to present this special collection of timeless Italian songs – sung by “The world’s greatest tenor” (The Daily Telegraph).

 

Jonas Kaufmann has had a special bond with Italy since his youth. Growing up in Germany’s most southern city – Munich, locally known as “the most northern city of Italy” – meant that holidays in Italy were just a car ride away for him and his family. Since spending these childhood holidays playing with local bambini, Jonas Kaufmann has absorbed much more than just the Italian language: long familiar with Italy’s ways, its southern temperament, its love of good food, and its fashion and flair, Jonas feels very much at home in this adopted culture. Naturally, much of the magic and authority that Jonas brings to the opera stage stems from his passion and understanding of this Mediterranean land and its music.

 

But the opera stage is not the only place where the magic of an Italian tenor melody is to be found. Many wondrous songs were written so perfectly for great tenor voices throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries, such as Mattinata, which was dedicated to Enrico Caruso; Non ti scordar di me, which was first sung by Beniamino Gigli in the 1935 movie of the same title; and Parlami d’amore, Mariù, written for the future film director Vittorio De Sica to sing in the comedy Gli uomini, che mascalzoni. The passion and beauty of Italian melody can also be heard in such Neapolitan hits as Torna a Surriento, Core ’ngrato and Passione. Even some of today’s pop songs display the unmistakable stamp of italianità, as for example in Un amore così grande, which was first sung and recorded by Mario Del Monaco in 1976, or in Lucio Dalla’s Caruso and Romano Musumarra’s Il canto, written expressly for Luciano Pavarotti.

 

Now Jonas presents his own personal homage to a culture where the influence and beauty of opera are felt far beyond the walls of the opera houses. Jonas recorded the album in Palermo with conductor Asher Fisch and the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Palermo, who bring their innate Italian flair to this music. Jonas will present the songs live in concert later this season. 


TRACKLISTING

1. Caruso

2. Mattinata

3. Parla più piano (The Godfather theme)

4. Passione

5. Un'amore così grande

6. Il canto

7. Voglio vivere così

8. Core 'ngrato

9. Ti voglio tanto bene 

10. Non ti scordar

11. Fenesta ca lucive

12. Musica proibita

13. Parlami d'amore Mariù

14. Torna a Surriento

15. Volare

16. Rondine

17. Con te partirò (Time to say Goodbye)

18. Il Libro dell’Amore (Book of love)  

Dolce Vita (DVD)

Jonas Kaufmann Dolce Vita (DVD)

$19.99

Dolce Vita (DVD)

by Jonas Kaufmann
$19.99

In support of the album release comes the accompanying DVD “Dolce Vita” with a 60-minute live concert from Turino’s beautiful Teatro Carignano, as well as a 60-minute documentary-style film.

 

In the documentary "My Italy" Jonas presents a personal reflection on his life-long connection to Italy – a tribute to the land and culture that nurtured his love of music and has produced winning melodies for the tenor voice like no other. It also shows rare childhood footage.

TRACKLIST

A LIVE CONCERT PERFORMANCE

1. Caruso (Lucio Dalla)

2. Passione (Ernesto Tagliaferri, Nicola Valente, Libero Bovio)

3. Parla più piano (Nino Rota, Gianni Boncompagni)

4. Torna a Surriento (Ernesto de Curtis, Giambattista de Curtis)

5. Musica proibita (Stanislao Gastaldon)

6. Ti voglio tanto bene (Ernesto de Curtis, Domenico Furnò)

7. Fenesta ca lucive (Guillaume Louis Cottrau)

8. Rondine al nido (Vincenzo de Crescenzo, Luigi Sica)

9. Il canto (Romano Musumarra, Luca Barbarossa)

10. Core ’ngrato (Salvatore Cardillo, Riccardo Cordiferro)

11. Voglio vivere così (Giovanni d’Anzi, Tito Manlio)

12. Mattinata (Ruggero Leoncavallo)

 

60-minute live concert, recorded in June 2016 live at Teatro Carignano - Torino, Italy

 

Jonas Kaufmann, tenor

RAI National Symphony Orchestra Torino

Jochen Rieder, conductor

 

MY ITALY - A TV Documentary

Presented by Jonas Kaufmann

60-minute documentary-style TV film presented by Jonas exploring his life-long connection to Italy and its culture, interspersed with songs taken from the live Turino concert. Presented in German with English subtitles.

 

Timing – 2:00:08

MAHLER: DAS LIED VON DER ERDE

Jonas Kaufmann MAHLER: DAS LIED VON DER ERDE

$19.99

MAHLER: DAS LIED VON DER ERDE

by Jonas Kaufmann
$19.99

Has there ever been a performance of Mahler’s Song of the Earth in which both solo parts were sung by the same vocalist? Probably not, or at least not involving any of the great singers of the last 100 years. And certainly not on any of the 120 or so available recordings. The work, which was posthumously premiered in Munich in 1911, was described by Mahler as a “symphony for tenor, alto (or baritone) and orchestra”. It follows that two soloists have featured in every recording to date: either tenor and baritone or tenor and alto/mezzo soprano.

 

Jonas Kaufmann is the first soloist to be heard singing both parts. The recording will be released by Sony Classical on April 7.

 

The three tenor songs alone pose quite a challenge, particularly the opening “Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde” (Drinking Song of Earth’s Misery). What inspired Jonas Kaufmann to take on the three lower-pitched songs too?

 

“During performances I’ve often wondered why one needs two singers for these six songs. Of course, there are powerful contrasts between the songs and also clear differences in terms of their vocal tessitura. In spite of this, I was attracted by the idea of framing these six songs – despite all their differences – within a single overarching structure extending from the first song to the last. Also, I’m so fond of the songs for lower voice that during performances I get very jealous when listening to my baritone or mezzo colleagues, especially with regard to the final song, ‘Der Abschied’. So I’ve always toyed with the idea of one day singing all six songs.”

 

This idea took shape in June last year: in the tradition-steeped Great Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, where a number of outstanding Mahler performances have taken place, Jonas Kaufmann joined the Vienna Philharmonic under Jonathan Nott in a performance of Song of the Earth that was subsequently broadcast live.

 

“We can report that this experiment went far beyond the risky test phase and, in the end, became a complete work of art in itself,” according to an article in the Kurier newspaper after the performance. “Such an experiment would normally be considered pretentious but is absolutely logical in the case of Kaufmann, who is thus able to showcase the splendour of his baritone as well as the radiant upper reaches of his range. Besides the enormous amount of energy that went into the performance, which is commendable in itself, the concert with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Jonathan Nott proved to be a memorable experience of music and lyricism. Even the second song ‘Der Einsame im Herbst’ (The Solitary One in Autumn), which is written for baritone, was sung so touchingly by Jonas Kaufmann that the audience gave gentle applause between the verses. Drawing on brilliant cantilenas, excellent diction and intonation and exemplary phrasing, Kaufmann gave his own original account of the entire work.”

 

What Jonas Kaufmann found most intriguing in the project was the final song, which is the most poignant of them all. This composition by Mahler was influenced by the loss of his daughter Maria Anna, who died of diphtheria at four years of age. This tragedy was compounded when Mahler was forced to resign as director of the Vienna Opera and, not long afterwards, was diagnosed with a severe heart condition. Against this backdrop it is clear why this final song bears the title “Abschied” (Farewell) and contains a funeral march. But Kaufmann sees it as more than just an expression of sorrow and pain:

 

The final passage, with its harps and celesta and its repetition of the word ‘ewig’ (forever), has something redemptive about it: angels are bearing the soul to Paradise. To that extent I hear consolation and hope here. True, I also sense a certain melancholy but basically I feel relaxed, reassured and liberated after the final notes of ‘Der Abschied’.

TRACKLISTING

1. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - I. Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde

2. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde -  II. Der Einsame im Herbst

3. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - III. Von der Jugend

4. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - IV. Von der Schönheit

5. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - V. Der Trunkene im Frühling

6. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - VI. Der Abschied

 

L'Opera (2LP)

Jonas Kaufmann L'Opera (2LP)

$49.99

L'Opera (2LP)

by Jonas Kaufmann
$49.99

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.”

 

What can be heard on Jonas Kaufmann’s new album is the musical heritage of a time when Paris, newly created by Georges Eugène Haussmann, became the center of the modern world in the 19th century. At that time the opera houses of Paris were the places to “see and be seen”. Their large, luxurious foyers offered fabulous opportunities for the public to gather and socialize. Their opera productions presented the audience with unheard-of exotic locations and staged spectacles beyond compare – the premiere of Halévy’s La Juive reportedly involved more than a dozen horses on stage!  At that time, the Parisian opera also fostered a creative exchange between German and French cultures. German composers such as Meyerbeer and Offenbach flocked to Paris and developed their international careers from there. Likewise, French composers were deeply influenced by German literary works – basing operas such as Massenet’s Werther and Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust on “best-sellers”; Kaufmann has selected scenes from both works for his new album. Often new operas would travel to German opera houses and beyond, after a successful run at the Paris Opéra.

 

This Franco-German connection is particularly appealing for Kaufmann: “Offenbach’s Hoffmann is, I think, an ideal symbiosis between German profundity and French imagination. And Jules Massenet captured the psychological depths of Goethe’s Werther with so many shades and hues that it’s beyond reproach. So in this respect I feel fully at home in it.”

 

This recording was made with Kaufmann’s award-winning “hometown” orchestra The Bavarian State Orchestra based in Munich, with whom he performs year-round, conducted by Bertrand de Billy who is an expert in the selected repertoire. Baritone Ludovic Tézier is Kaufmann’s duet partner in “Au fond du temple saint” from Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles, and soprano Sonya Yoncheva joins Kaufmann for two scenes from Massenet’s Manon.

 

Jonas recently was in Sydney performing with Opera Australia in Wagner’s Parsifal at the Sydney Opera House.


TRACKLISTING

LP1 Side 1

1. GOUNOD · ROMÉO ET JULIETTE - “L’amour! … Ah! lève-toi, soleil!”

2 JULES MASSENET · WERTHER - “Traduire… Ah! bien souvent … Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps?”

3 AMBROISE THOMAS · MIGNON - “Elle ne croyait pas, dans sa candeur naïve”

4 GEORGES BIZET · CARMEN - “Je le veux! Carmen, tu m’entendras! … La fleur que tu m’avais jetée”

 

LP1 Side B

1 GEORGES BIZET · LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES - “C’est toi, toi qu’enfin je revois! … Au fond du temple saint”

2 ÉDOUARD LALO · LE ROI D’YS - “Puisqu’on ne peut fléchir … Vainement, ma bien-aimée”

3 JACQUES OFFENBACH · LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN - “Ô Dieu, de quelle ivresse”

4 GIACOMO MEYERBEER · L’AFRICAINE - “Pays merveilleux! … Ô paradis”

 

LP 2 Side A

1 JULES MASSENET · MANON - “Enfin, Manon, nous voilà seuls ensemble! … En fermant les yeux, je vois là-bas”

2 JULES MASSENET · MANON - “Toi! Vous! … N’est-ce plus ma main que cette main presse”

3 JULES MASSENET · LE CID - “Ah! tout est bien fini! … Ô souverain, ô juge, ô père”

 

LP 2 Side B

1 FROMENTAL HALÉVY · LA JUIVE - “Rachel, quand du Seigneur”

2 HECTOR BERLIOZ · LA DAMNATION DE FAUST - “Merci, doux crépuscule!”

3 HECTOR BERLIOZ · LES TROYENS - “Inutiles regrets! Je dois quitter Carthage!”

 

L'Opera (CD)

Jonas Kaufmann L'Opera (CD)

$19.99

L'Opera (CD)

by Jonas Kaufmann
$19.99

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.”

 

What can be heard on Jonas Kaufmann’s new album is the musical heritage of a time when Paris, newly created by Georges Eugène Haussmann, became the center of the modern world in the 19th century. At that time the opera houses of Paris were the places to “see and be seen”. Their large, luxurious foyers offered fabulous opportunities for the public to gather and socialize. Their opera productions presented the audience with unheard-of exotic locations and staged spectacles beyond compare – the premiere of Halévy’s La Juive reportedly involved more than a dozen horses on stage!  At that time, the Parisian opera also fostered a creative exchange between German and French cultures. German composers such as Meyerbeer and Offenbach flocked to Paris and developed their international careers from there. Likewise, French composers were deeply influenced by German literary works – basing operas such as Massenet’s Werther and Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust on “best-sellers”; Kaufmann has selected scenes from both works for his new album. Often new operas would travel to German opera houses and beyond, after a successful run at the Paris Opéra.

 

This Franco-German connection is particularly appealing for Kaufmann: “Offenbach’s Hoffmann is, I think, an ideal symbiosis between German profundity and French imagination. And Jules Massenet captured the psychological depths of Goethe’s Werther with so many shades and hues that it’s beyond reproach. So in this respect I feel fully at home in it.”

 

This recording was made with Kaufmann’s award-winning “hometown” orchestra The Bavarian State Orchestra based in Munich, with whom he performs year-round, conducted by Bertrand de Billy who is an expert in the selected repertoire. Baritone Ludovic Tézier is Kaufmann’s duet partner in “Au fond du temple saint” from Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles, and soprano Sonya Yoncheva joins Kaufmann for two scenes from Massenet’s Manon.

 

Jonas recently was in Sydney performing with Opera Australia in Wagner’s Parsifal at the Sydney Opera House.


TRACKLISTING

1. GOUNOD · ROMÉO ET JULIETTE - “L’amour! … Ah! lève-toi, soleil!”

2 JULES MASSENET · WERTHER - “Traduire… Ah! bien souvent … Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps?”

3 AMBROISE THOMAS · MIGNON - “Elle ne croyait pas, dans sa candeur naïve”

4 GEORGES BIZET · CARMEN - “Je le veux! Carmen, tu m’entendras! … La fleur que tu m’avais jetée”

5 GEORGES BIZET · LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES - “C’est toi, toi qu’enfin je revois! … Au fond du temple saint”

6 ÉDOUARD LALO · LE ROI D’YS - “Puisqu’on ne peut fléchir … Vainement, ma bien-aimée”

7 JACQUES OFFENBACH · LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN - “Ô Dieu, de quelle ivresse”

8 GIACOMO MEYERBEER · L’AFRICAINE - “Pays merveilleux! … Ô paradis”

9 JULES MASSENET · MANON - “Enfin, Manon, nous voilà seuls ensemble! … En fermant les yeux, je vois là-bas”

10 JULES MASSENET · MANON - “Toi! Vous! … N’est-ce plus ma main que cette main presse”

11 JULES MASSENET · LE CID - “Ah! tout est bien fini! … Ô souverain, ô juge, ô père”

12 FROMENTAL HALÉVY · LA JUIVE - “Rachel, quand du Seigneur”

13 HECTOR BERLIOZ · LA DAMNATION DE FAUST - “Merci, doux crépuscule!”

14 HECTOR BERLIOZ · LES TROYENS - “Inutiles regrets! Je dois quitter Carthage!”

 

VERDI: OTELLO (BLU RAY)

Jonas Kaufmann VERDI: OTELLO (BLU RAY)

$29.99

VERDI: OTELLO (BLU RAY)

by Jonas Kaufmann
$29.99

In support of the album release comes the accompanying Blu-Ray “Dolce Vita” with a 60-minute live concert from Turino’s beautiful Teatro Carignano, as well as a 60-minute documentary-style film.

 

In the documentary "My Italy" Jonas presents a personal reflection on his life-long connection to Italy – a tribute to the land and culture that nurtured his love of music and has produced winning melodies for the tenor voice like no other. It also shows rare childhood footage.

TRACKLIST

A LIVE CONCERT PERFORMANCE

1. Caruso (Lucio Dalla)

2. Passione (Ernesto Tagliaferri, Nicola Valente, Libero Bovio)

3. Parla più piano (Nino Rota, Gianni Boncompagni)

4. Torna a Surriento (Ernesto de Curtis, Giambattista de Curtis)

5. Musica proibita (Stanislao Gastaldon)

6. Ti voglio tanto bene (Ernesto de Curtis, Domenico Furnò)

7. Fenesta ca lucive (Guillaume Louis Cottrau)

8. Rondine al nido (Vincenzo de Crescenzo, Luigi Sica)

9. Il canto (Romano Musumarra, Luca Barbarossa)

10. Core ’ngrato (Salvatore Cardillo, Riccardo Cordiferro)

11. Voglio vivere così (Giovanni d’Anzi, Tito Manlio)

12. Mattinata (Ruggero Leoncavallo)

 

60-minute live concert, recorded in June 2016 live at Teatro Carignano - Torino, Italy

 

Jonas Kaufmann, tenor

RAI National Symphony Orchestra Torino

Jochen Rieder, conductor

 

MY ITALY - A TV Documentary

Presented by Jonas Kaufmann

60-minute documentary-style TV film presented by Jonas exploring his life-long connection to Italy and its culture, interspersed with songs taken from the live Turino concert. Presented in German with English subtitles.

 

Timing – 2:00:08

 

VERDI: OTELLO (DVD)

Jonas Kaufmann VERDI: OTELLO (DVD)

$29.99

VERDI: OTELLO (DVD)

by Jonas Kaufmann
$29.99

In support of the album release comes the accompanying DVD “Dolce Vita” with a 60-minute live concert from Turino’s beautiful Teatro Carignano, as well as a 60-minute documentary-style film.

 

In the documentary "My Italy" Jonas presents a personal reflection on his life-long connection to Italy – a tribute to the land and culture that nurtured his love of music and has produced winning melodies for the tenor voice like no other. It also shows rare childhood footage.

TRACKLIST

A LIVE CONCERT PERFORMANCE

1. Caruso (Lucio Dalla)

2. Passione (Ernesto Tagliaferri, Nicola Valente, Libero Bovio)

3. Parla più piano (Nino Rota, Gianni Boncompagni)

4. Torna a Surriento (Ernesto de Curtis, Giambattista de Curtis)

5. Musica proibita (Stanislao Gastaldon)

6. Ti voglio tanto bene (Ernesto de Curtis, Domenico Furnò)

7. Fenesta ca lucive (Guillaume Louis Cottrau)

8. Rondine al nido (Vincenzo de Crescenzo, Luigi Sica)

9. Il canto (Romano Musumarra, Luca Barbarossa)

10. Core ’ngrato (Salvatore Cardillo, Riccardo Cordiferro)

11. Voglio vivere così (Giovanni d’Anzi, Tito Manlio)

12. Mattinata (Ruggero Leoncavallo)

 

60-minute live concert, recorded in June 2016 live at Teatro Carignano - Torino, Italy

 

Jonas Kaufmann, tenor

RAI National Symphony Orchestra Torino

Jochen Rieder, conductor

 

MY ITALY - A TV Documentary

Presented by Jonas Kaufmann

60-minute documentary-style TV film presented by Jonas exploring his life-long connection to Italy and its culture, interspersed with songs taken from the live Turino concert. Presented in German with English subtitles.

 

Timing – 2:00:08

 

L'Opera (2LP)

Jonas Kaufmann L'Opera (2LP)

$49.95

L'Opera (2LP)

by Jonas Kaufmann
$49.95

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.”

What can be heard on Jonas Kaufmann’s new album is the musical heritage of a time when Paris, newly created by Georges Eugène Haussmann, became the center of the modern world in the 19th century. At that time the opera houses of Paris were the places to “see and be seen”. Their large, luxurious foyers offered fabulous opportunities for the public to gather and socialize. Their opera productions presented the audience with unheard-of exotic locations and staged spectacles beyond compare – the premiere of Halévy’s La Juive reportedly involved more than a dozen horses on stage!  At that time, the Parisian opera also fostered a creative exchange between German and French cultures. German composers such as Meyerbeer and Offenbach flocked to Paris and developed their international careers from there. Likewise, French composers were deeply influenced by German literary works – basing operas such as Massenet’s Werther and Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust on “best-sellers”; Kaufmann has selected scenes from both works for his new album. Often new operas would travel to German opera houses and beyond, after a successful run at the Paris Opéra.

This Franco-German connection is particularly appealing for Kaufmann: “Offenbach’s Hoffmann is, I think, an ideal symbiosis between German profundity and French imagination. And Jules Massenet captured the psychological depths of Goethe’s Werther with so many shades and hues that it’s beyond reproach. So in this respect I feel fully at home in it.”

This recording was made with Kaufmann’s award-winning “hometown” orchestra The Bavarian State Orchestra based in Munich, with whom he performs year-round, conducted by Bertrand de Billy who is an expert in the selected repertoire. Baritone Ludovic Tézier is Kaufmann’s duet partner in “Au fond du temple saint” from Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles, and soprano Sonya Yoncheva joins Kaufmann for two scenes from Massenet’s Manon.

LP1 - SIDE A
1. GOUNOD · ROMÉO ET JULIETTE - “L’amour! … Ah! lève-toi, soleil!”
2 JULES MASSENET · WERTHER - “Traduire… Ah! bien souvent … Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps?”
3 AMBROISE THOMAS · MIGNON - “Elle ne croyait pas, dans sa candeur naïve”
4 GEORGES BIZET · CARMEN - “Je le veux! Carmen, tu m’entendras! … La fleur que tu m’avais jetée”

LP1 - SIDE B
1 GEORGES BIZET · LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES - “C’est toi, toi qu’enfin je revois! … Au fond du temple saint”
2 ÉDOUARD LALO · LE ROI D’YS - “Puisqu’on ne peut fléchir … Vainement, ma bien-aimée”
3 JACQUES OFFENBACH · LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN - “Ô Dieu, de quelle ivresse”
4 GIACOMO MEYERBEER · L’AFRICAINE - “Pays merveilleux! … Ô paradis”

LP 2- SIDE A
1 JULES MASSENET · MANON - “Enfin, Manon, nous voilà seuls ensemble! … En fermant les yeux, je vois là-bas”
2 JULES MASSENET · MANON - “Toi! Vous! … N’est-ce plus ma main que cette main presse”
3 JULES MASSENET · LE CID - “Ah! tout est bien fini! … Ô souverain, ô juge, ô père”

LP 2- SIDE B
1 FROMENTAL HALÉVY · LA JUIVE - “Rachel, quand du Seigneur”
2 HECTOR BERLIOZ · LA DAMNATION DE FAUST - “Merci, doux crépuscule!”
3 HECTOR BERLIOZ · LES TROYENS - “Inutiles regrets! Je dois quitter Carthage!”
Dolce Vita (2LP)

Jonas Kaufmann Dolce Vita (2LP)

$56.99

Dolce Vita (2LP)

by Jonas Kaufmann
$56.99

Italy! Like nowhere else on earth – the sunshine and sea salt, the smell of citrus and coffee, a flirtatious glance, an incomparable song drawn deep from the heart. Italy and its immortal music have a magical pull on people like no other culture – and Jonas Kaufmann feels this particularly keenly. The new album Dolce vita is his tribute to this culture, this way of life that has conceived one immortal melody after the other for the tenor voice and influenced him so much. Now Sony Classical is proud to present this special collection of timeless Italian songs – sung by “The world’s greatest tenor” (The Daily Telegraph).

TRACKLISTING

Side A
Caruso
Mattinata
Parla piÌ_ piano
Passione
Un amore cosÌÂ grande

Side B
Il canto
Voglio vivere cosÌÂ
Catari', Catari' (Core 'ngrato)
Ti voglio tanto bene
Non ti scordar di me

Side A
Fenesta ca' lucive
Musica proibita
Parlami d'amore MariÌ_
Torna a Surriento

Side B
Volare
Rondine al nido
Con te partirÌ_
Il Libro dell' Amore