Jonas Kaufmann - Nessun Dorma - The Puccini Album

This disc represents the fourth in what is an unorthodox discography being compiled by Jonas Kaufmann on Sony Classical. His Gramophone Award-winning Winterreise (5/14) and his bilingual Tauber tribute album (12/14) are now flanked by discs of two great Italian opera composers. If his early Verdi album (A/13) felt like something of a rush job, this new Puccini disc is a higher-quality product, with Kaufmann’s reassuringly expensive-sounding voice finding luxurious and ardent support from Antonio Pappano and his Santa Cecilia Orchestra, whose contributions, not coincidentally, were so important in making the tenor’s Decca verismo disc (12/10) so fine.

There are shades of that recital here and the arias from Edgar and Le Villi recapture some of that rugged, rousing verismo form. Those roles recently essayed or likely to be in Kaufmann’s sights in the near future are also largely excellent. Dick Johnson suits his poetico-heroic manner well, although there have been sturdier performances of ‘Ch’ella mi creda’ on disc (turn to the remarkable but underrated Giuseppe Giacomini on his Bongiovanni recital – GB2526 – for one). Luigi’s ‘Hai ben ragione’ from Tabbaro is similarly impressive, 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. - Reviewer Hugo Shirley,


Manon Lescaut  
Atto I: "Donna Non Vidi Mai" 2:38
Atto II: "Oh, Sarò La Più Bella!... Tu, Tu, Amore? Tu?' 7:41
Atto II: "Ah! Manon Mi Tradisce" 2:39
Atto III: "Presto! In Fila!... Ah! Non V'avvicinate!" 3:36
Le Villi  
Atto II: "Ei Giunge!... Torna Ai Felici Di" 7:26
Atto II: "Orgia, Chimera Dall'occhio Vitreo" 5:08
La Bohème  
Atto I: "O Soave Fanciulla" 4:13
Atto I: "Recondita Armonia" 2:55
Madame Butterfly  
Atto III: "Addio, Fiorito Asil" 1:47
La Fanciulla Del West  
Atto II: "Una Parola Sola!... Or Son Sei Mesi' 3:30
Atto III: "Risparmiate Lo Scherno... Ch'ella Mi Creda Libero" 4:37
La Rondine  
Atto I: "Parigi! È La Città Dei Desideri" 2:58
Il Tabarro  
"Hai Ben Ragione" 2:29
Gianni Schicchi  
"Avete Torto!... Firenze È Come Un Albero Fiorito" 2:29
Atto I: "Non Piangere, Liù!" 2:38
Atto III: "Nessun Dorma" 3:07


SKU 0888750924919
Barcode # 0888750924919
Brand Classical/Opera