Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Music Review: 'Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde' by Jonas Kaufmann

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann has one of today’s most magnificent voices. His tenor reaches effortlessly high and the quality of his lower range is so sumptuous that many baritones are envious of the wondrous color and warmth of this aspect of his musical gift.

Take a voice of such a rich range and an artist who has proven that he can do any operatic role laced before him – Wagner to Puccini and Verdi – and the question arises, Why not approach the glorious Mahler cycle written for two voices in different rages (baritone and mezzo/tenor) be given to the sensitive Jonas Kaufmann to interpret? And that is what this recording is all about – one soloist able to not only traverse the span of vocal writing of DAS LIED VON DER ERDE but to offer his own sensitive interpretation of the complete song cycle.

Jonathan Nott is the able conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic and together Nott and Kaufmann raise this magnificent masterpiece of Gustav Mahler to new heights. Hearing Kaufmann sing the cycle solo brings a much more sensitive overall feeling to the music. It is a stunning recording – no matter how many recordings of the cycle you may own. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, August 17

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