The Sunday Telegraph, 13.1.2008
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Romantic Arias
Jonas Kaufmann is with Rolando Villazon the most exciting tenor to emerge lately and he is the most versatile as he shows on this disc of Verdi, Puccini, Massenet, Berlioz, Gounod, Flotow, Weber and Wagner. His Italian repertory is slightly unidiomatic but none the less impressive. An extract from La Traviata is thrilling in its drama and lyricism, while well known arias from Massenet's Manon and Werther are sensuous and virile. The tone is pure and unforced both honeyed and strong. The Prize Song and Berlioz's invocation to nature from Faust are winners. Marco Armiliato conducts.




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