It's Christmas! (Extended Edition) Jonas Kaufmann

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Label: Sony Classical

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Jonas Kaufmann

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847), John Francis Wade (1711-1786), Adolphe Adam (1803-1856), Augusta Holmès (1847-1903), Michael Praetorius (1571-1621), Georg Friedrich Händel (1685–1759), Christoph von Schmid (1768-1854), Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), Franz Xaver Gruber (1787-1863), Friedrich Silcher (1789-1860), Irving Berlin (1888-1989), James Lord Pierpont (1822-1893), Pietro Yon (1886-1943), Josef Annegarn (1794-1843), Carl Gottlieb Hering (1766-1853), Gustav Holst (1874-1934), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750), Tobi Reiser (1907-1974), Emmy Köhler (1858-1925), Ralph Blane (1914-1995), Felix Bernard (1897-1944), Robert Wells (b. 1962), Jule Styne (1905-1994), Walter Afanasieff (b. 1958)

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  • 1Traditional: Engel haben Himmelslieder / Gloria in excelsis Deo02:47
  • 2Mendelssohn: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing03:05
  • 3Traditional: Süßer die Glocken nie klingen03:11
  • 4Wade: Adeste fideles02:25
  • 5Adam: Cantique de Noël (Minuit, Chrétiens) / O Holy Night05:20
  • 6Holmès: Trois anges sont venus ce soir03:19
  • 7Praetorius: In dulci jubilo02:25
  • 8Traditional: Kommet, ihr Hirten01:36
  • 9Händel: Tochter Zion03:05
  • 10Schmid: Ihr Kinderlein, kommet02:40
  • 11Williams, Greaves, Traditional: What Child Is This?03:04
  • 12Gruber: Silent Night03:23
  • 13Traditional: Es wird scho glei dumpa02:51
  • 14Traditional: Still, still, still02:31
  • 15Traditional: Maria durch ein Dornwald ging02:50
  • 16Rambold: Im Woid is so staad02:05
  • 17Silcher: Alle Jahre wieder02:13
  • 18Berlin: White Christmas03:28
  • 19Pierpont: Jingle Bells02:19
  • 20Traditional: Was soll das bedeuten?02:12
  • 21Traditional: Vom Himmel hoch, ihr Englein, kommt!02:41
  • 22Yon: Gesù bambino04:04
  • 23Annegarn: Lasst uns froh und munter sein02:46
  • 24Traditional: Leise rieselt der Schnee01:43
  • 25Hering: Morgen, Kinder, wird's was geben02:04
  • 26Traditional: Entre le boeuf et l'âne gris01:59
  • 27Traditional: Der englische Gruß02:36
  • 28Traditional: Auf, ihr Hirtensleut02:23
  • 29Traditional: Als Maria übers Gebirge ging03:01
  • 30Holst: In the Bleak Midwinter03:45
  • 31Praetorius: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen02:11
  • 32Traditional: Macht hoch die Tür03:06
  • 33Luther, Bach: Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier, BWV 46903:46
  • 34Traditionell: Zu Bethlehem geboren02:26
  • 35Reiser: Jetzt fangen wir zum Singen an03:41
  • 36Traditional: Mariä Wiegenlied01:42
  • 37Traditional: O du fröhliche02:16
  • 38Traditional: O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf01:15
  • 39Traditional: Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling02:26
  • 40Luther: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her01:38
  • 41Traditional: O Tannenbaum01:55
  • 42Köhler: Nu tändas tusen juleljus03:21
  • 43Gruber: Stille Nacht04:19
  • 44Traditional: Still, still, still03:33
  • 45Blane, Martin: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas04:20
  • 46Bernard: Winter Wonderland02:15
  • 47Wells, Tormé: The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)02:54
  • 48Styne: Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!02:40
  • 49Afanasieff, Carey: All I Want For Christmas Is You03:45
  • Total Runtime02:17:20

Info for It's Christmas! (Extended Edition)

In 2020, Jonas Kaufmann’s recording of It’s Christmas! was an outstanding success that captured the spirit of the holiday season. Now the album has been extended to include seven newly recorded songs and will be re-released on October 29 on Sony Classical ahead of Kaufmann’s highly anticipated concert tour this winter.

“The wonderful success of my first Christmas album, and the pleasure that it gave not just me personally but others, too, has lured me into returning to the studio this year to pay tribute to another holiday musical genre – intimate Alpine Stubnmusi – that for someone like myself, who grew up in Bavaria and Tyrol, invariably evokes the holiday spirit,” said Jonas Kaufmann.

New tracks on in this year’s release are Der englische Gruß, Auf, ihr Hirtensleut, Als Maria übers Gebirge ging, Zu Bethlehem geboren, Jetzt fangen wir zum Singen an and Mariä Wiegenlied. These six short gems are accompanied by Kaufmann’s Chiemgau colleague Stefanie Irányi in “original Stubnmusi scoring” for dulcimer, harp, violin, clarinet and double bass. Yet another new track is the French Trois anges sont venus ce soir with a string ensemble. This song was brought to Kaufmann’s attention by his friend and fellow opera singer, Ludovic Tézier. The instrumentalists for the album were carefully selected based on their suitability, and include Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, the Bachchor Salzburg and the St. Florianer Sängerknaben, all conducted by Jochen Reider, as well as harpist Florian Pedarnig and the Cologne Studio Big Band, conducted by Wieland Reissmann. Star trumpeter Till Brönner makes cameo appearances on Let It Snow! and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Jonas Kaufmann

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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