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The Best of Jonas Kaufmann ()

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composed by Carl Maria von Weber, Charles Gounod, Francesco Cilèa, Georges Bizet, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Jules Massenet, Licinio Refice, Pietro Mascagni, Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Umberto Giordano, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

German tenor Jonas Kaufmann came on the scene in the mid-1990s and has gradually risen to the top rank of the operatic world. His is a remarkable voice in many ways. Like Plácido Domingo, to whom he is a sort of German opposite number, he excels in both Italian and German opera and also sings well in French and English (in an odd performance of a piece from Weber's Oberon, track 17). He adds freely dramatic shaping to lines of the big Verdi and Puccini tunes, almost always defamiliarizing them in ways that seem personal and ...

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  1. Don Carlo, opera: Io l'ho perduta!... Io la vidi, e il suo sorriso
  2. La Traviata, opera: Lunge da lei... De' miei bollenti spiriti... Annina, donde vieni?... O mio rimorso
  3. Rigoletto, opera: Ella mi fu rapita!... Parmi veder le lagrime
  4. La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina
  5. Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle
  6. La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso
  7. Pagliacci, opera: Recitar!... Vesti la giubba
  8. Carmen, opera: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
  9. Iris, opera (melodramma) in 3 acts: Apri la tua finestra
  10. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intanto, amici, qua, beviamone un bicchiere!... Viva il vino spumeggiante (Drinking Song)
  11. Lamento di Federico, aria (from "L'Arlesiana"): È la solita storia del pastore (Lamento di Federico)
  12. Fedora, opera: Amor ti vieta
  13. Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Toute mon âme est là!... Pourquoi me réveiller
  14. Faust, opera, CG 4: Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre?... Salut! demeure chaste et pure
  15. Ombra di nube, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  16. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön
  17. Oberon, opera, J. 306: I revel in hope and joy again
  18. Cäcilie ("Wenn du es wüsstest"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/2 (TrV 170/2)
  19. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (original Wagner concert ending)
  20. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Morgenlich leuchtend (Prize Song)
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