Cher public, I give you a photograph of Jonas Kaufmann in a hoodie with a teeny birdie on his shoulder!
word on da street is dat dis wigga gotz game…n he fine as fffff** .
Just got back from hearing Gerald Finley sing Winterreise in Philadelphia. One of the high points of the season. A wonderful artist: great singer and a great musician.
True that. And Julius Drake an exceptional partner.
I missed this at the Wigmore Hall, sadly, but I’ll buy his imminent recording, as well as Jonas’s.
I seem to be the fault finder these days. He IS an exceptional artist and a great singer; I don’t think this was the best recital I have heard from him. Impressive, but he did have some problem with both intonation and voice production at the very top. Serious commitment, as ever, and I’m glad to have heard it.
Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten, anyone?
Don’t mention them on this website, Adalgisa!
Just finished listening to the Kaufmann/Deutsch Winterreise, and I think it’s simply wonderful. After the somewhat disappointing Verdi album, Kaufmann is back with a vengeance. As to be expected, his approach is very “operatic”, but highly nuanced. Dynamic variation and contrast make this journey a dizzying emotional roller coaster. Kaufmann uses an astonishing palette of vocal colours to convey a myriad emotional states: reflection, wistfulness, nostalgia, loneliness, bitterness, and, above all, rage and desolation of the soul. His voice sounds supple and juicy. His employs piani of the utmost beauty and sweetness, and his bottom register is rich and steady. No growling, crooning or other indulgences. His phrasing is marvellous, as always, and his diction exemplary. Helmut Deutsch is his excellent self. Bravi!
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