Du bist die Welt für mich Jonas Kaufmann

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Album-Release:
2014

HRA-Release:
06.05.2015

Label: Sony Classical

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Jonas Kaufmann

Composer: Paul Abraham (1892-1960), Ralph (Rudolph Josef Frantisek) Benatsky (1884-1957), Werner R Heymann (1896-1961), Emmerich Kalman (1882-1953), Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957), Eduard Künneke (1885-1953), Franz Lehár (1870-1948), Hans May (1886-1958), Richard Rodgers

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  • Franz Lehár (1870–1948)
  • 1Paganini: Gern hab ich die Frau'n geküsst03:22
  • Werner R. Heymann (1896-1961)
  • 2Ein blonder Traum: Irgendwo auf der Welt02:57
  • Richard Tauber (1891-1948)
  • 3Der singende Traum: Du bist die Welt für mich03:52
  • Franz Lehár (1870–1948)
  • 4Frasquita: Hab' ein blaues Himmelbett03:42
  • Robert Stolz (1880-1975)
  • 5Liebeskommando: Im Traum hast Du mir alles erlaubt03:07
  • Emmerich Kálmán (1882-1953)
  • 6Gräfin Mariza: Grüß mir mein Wien05:27
  • Franz Lehár (1870–1948)
  • 7Das Land des Lächelns: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz!03:40
  • Hans May (1886-1958)
  • 8Ein Lied geht um die Welt02:41
  • Franz Lehár (1870–1948)
  • 9Giuditta: Freunde das Leben ist lebenswert!03:25
  • Paul Abraham (1892-1960)
  • 10Victor und ihr Husar: Reich mir zum Abschied noch einmal die Hände04:21
  • Ralph Benatzky (1884-1957)
  • 11Im weißen Rössl: Es muss was Wunderbares sein02:59
  • Paul Abraham (1892-1960)
  • 12Die Blume von Hawaii: Diwanpüppchen04:07
  • Robert Stolz (1880-1975)
  • 13Das Lied ist aus: Frag nicht, warum ich gehe03:49
  • Mischa Spoliansky (1898-1985)
  • 14Das Lied einer Nacht: Heute Nacht oder nie03:10
  • Eduard Künneke (1885-1953)
  • 15Die große Sünderin: Das Lied vom Leben des Schrenk04:26
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897–1957)
  • 16Die tote Stadt: Glück, das mir verblieb06:13
  • Total Runtime01:01:18

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Jonas dedicates his new album to the golden era of German music which flourished in Berlin between 1925 & 1935. He shows an undeniable mastery of this demanding repertoire, which was written for the leading tenors of the time.

‘Lied vom Leben des Schrenk’ by Künneke in particular has only been recorded 3 times before and is hugely challenging vocally. Jonas draws inspiration from an artistically rich and fascinating time of European musical history. The repertoire ranges from the Lehár-Tauber-Hits of the Roaring Twenties until the heyday of the mid 1930s which saw the eventual expulsion and banning of the composers, lyricists and singers who had defined the genre.

The repertoire draws from 3 strands of musical history (Talking movies, Operetta and Polystylistic composers) and shows Jonas’ voice at its most flexible.

The album naturally also includes operetta evergreens by the unbeatable composer-tenor pairing of Franz Lehàr and Richard Tauber – including “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz”, “Hab’ ein blaues Himmelbett ” and “Gern hab ich die Frauen geküßt”.

Jonas’ favoured encores - Richard Tauber’s famous self-penned “Du bist die Welt für mich” and “Ein Lied geht um die Welt” made famous by Joseph Schmidt in the movie of the same title - are also included.

“Kaufmann sings more heroically than the lyric tenors Richard Tauber and Joseph Schmidt, who made songs by Lehar, Kalman, Stolz and co international hits. But it’s thrilling to hear a Siegmund voice in Lehar’s best-known Tauber Lied, You Are My Heart’s Delight, and Freunde, das Leben ist Lebenswert.” (Sunday Times,UK)

“Kaufmann offers a more intimate, less full-throated approach than [Tauber or Schmidt], but it's highly effective and both his musicianship and his attention to text are characteristically impeccable. Also noteworthy are the orchestrations, which - wherever possible - are the originals, and elsewhere stylish copies...Kaufmann devotees will find him the perfect matinee idol.” (BBC Music Magazine)

“It should be wonderful - and it sometimes is. Kaufmann certainly has the vocal range to deliver both the heroics of Kunneke's 'Lied vom Leben des Schrenk' and the close-to-the-mic smooch of Abraham's 'Diwanpuppchen'...But he sounds at times uncertain of what emotional line to take...But nobody in this country...should be put off a chance to hear such repertoire so well sung.” (Gramophone Magazine)

“it’s hard not to be charmed by these plushly upholstered melodies, especially if they are consumed in small doses. Kaufmann is always an intelligently stylish singer, and here he cleverly lightens his timbre and manner to give each number...the appropriate air of easy and spontaneous sensuality...Aficionados of the genre will be enthralled.” (The Telegraph, UK)

Jonas Kaufmann, tenor
Julia Kleiter, soprano
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Jochen Rieder, conductor


Jonas Kaufmann
Born in Munich, Germany, tenor Jonas Kaufmann is now internationally recognized as one of the most important artists of our day. He has made sensational débuts in recent seasons at many of the world’s leading opera houses, appearing at the Royal Opera Covent Garden in La Rondine opposite Angela Gheorghiu and in the 2007 new pro-duction of Carmen under Antonio Pappano. He has also appeared as Alfredo in La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as in the new productions of the work at Paris’s Opéra-Bastille in 2007 and at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan. He has sung Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. the Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Salzburg Festival, and as Faust in La Damnation de Faust at the Theâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. Highlights of the 2007/2008 season included La Traviata opposite Anna Netrebko and his first Cavaradossi in Tosca under Antonio Pappano, both at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Rodolfo in La Bohème at both the Berlin State Opera under Gustavo Dudamel and at the Zurich Opera, where he was also heard in new productions of Humperdinck’s Koenigskinder and Carmen as well as in La Traviata and Don Carlos. In January of 2008 Jonas Kaufmann’s first solo album for DECCA titled “Romantic Arias” became an immediate international best seller. The release was followed in February of 2008 by solo operatic concerts in Munich and Hamburg. In July of 2008 he sang a tremendously acclaimed recital at the Prinzregententheater in Munich.

Jonas Kaufmann began the 2008/2009 with his first performances of Des Grieux in Manon at the Lyric Opera of Chicago opposite Natalie Dessay, followed by his return to Paris as Florestan in the new production of Fidelio for the Opéra National de Paris and a recital, both at the Palais Garnier. In January of 2009 Kaufmann sang the Italian Tenor in the production of Der Rosenkavalier under Christian Thielemann in Baden Baden. He will return to the Zurich Opera in a new production of Tosca staged by Robert Carsen and conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi. Kaufmann will also sing La Traviata in Zurich, after which he will return to the Vienna State Opera in Manon and Tosca. In July of 2009 Kaufmann will sing his first performances of the title role in Lohengrin in a new production at the Bavarian State Opera pro-duced by Richard Jones and conducted by Kent Nagano. He will also appear there in La Traviata opposite Angela Gheorghiu. The current season has included solo operatic concerts in January 2009 at the Mannheim Rosengarten, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, at the Megaron in Athens, Greece, and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in March. Kaufmann made his début in Moscow in December of 2008 in a concert along with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and also sang Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Munich Philharmonic conducted by Christian Thielemann. He dedicates part of each year to song recitals and this season is partnered by renowned pianist, Helmut Deutsch, in recitals in Paris, at the Palais Garnier, the Opera House in Zurich, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Glyptoteket in Copenhagen, The Nationaltheater in Munich, and at the Haus fur Mozart at the Salzburg Festival.

Jonas Kaufmann completed his musical studies in his native Munich, participated in masterclasses with James King, Hans Hotter and Joseph Metternich and subsequently perfected his vocal technique with Michael Rhodes. He began his professional career at the State Theatre in Saarbruecken in 1994 and was soon invited to make débuts in such important German theaters as the Stuttgart Opera, the Hamburg State Opera as well as international débuts at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Paris Opéra and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

He made his Salzburg Festival début in 1999 in a new production of Busoni’s Dr. Faust and returned there in 2003 as Belmonte and for concerts of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic. Kaufmann has been closely associated with the Zurich Opera since 2001; he has appeared there in several new productions which have included Idomeneo, La Clemenza di Tito, Schubert’s Fierrabras, Humperdinck’s Koenigskinder, izet’s Carmen and Monteverdi’s L’Incorozione di Poppea. Other roles in Zurich have included the Duke in Rigoletto, the title role in Gounod’s Faust, Florestan in Fidelio, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Belmonte in Die ntführung aus dem Serail. In 2006 he sang his first performances of the title role of Wagner’s Parsifal in Zurich followed by his début in 2007 there as Don Carlos. In 2006 Kaufmann also sang his first Walther von Stolzing in a concert performance of Die Meistersinger at the Edinburgh Festival conducted by David Robertson. He had previously been heard in Edinburgh as Max in Der Freischütz under Sir Charles Mackerras.

Jonas Kaufmann has appeared with some of the world’s leading conductors and orchestras. Among these engagements are performances with the Berlin Philharmonic under both Sir Simon Rattle and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst and the Vienna Philharmonic under Helmuth Rilling. In the summer of 2007 he sang Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 in Lucerne under Claudio Abaddo and subsequently made his Carnegie Hall début in October of 2007 in the same work.. In 2008 he also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Franz Welser-Möst, in Verdi’s Requiem in Zurich under Daniele Gatti. His recitals of the song Literature have received high praise throughout Europe as well as in Japan.

In the autumn of 2009 Jonas Kaufmann will return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in Don Carlos under Semyon Bychkov. He will open the 2009 season at the Teatro alla Scala in a new production of Carmen under Daniel Barenboim and will also sing the Verdi Requiem with La Scala in Milan, Paris and Moscow. Kaufmann will sing the new production of Tosca at the Bavarian State Opera where he also sings Lohengrin and Carmen. He will add the title role in Massenet’s Werther to his repertoire for the Opéra National in Paris and returns to the Metropolitan Opera in Tosca and Carmen. In July of 2010, Kaufmann will make his Bayreuth Festival début in a new production of Lohengrin.

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