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.Read more
Jonas Kaufmann's latest recording, Liszt: Freudvoll und Leidvoll, which was released on September 17th, has been met with rave reviews. The french magazine Opéra gave the album a diamond, The Financial Times gave it four stars, and Scherzo included the album as part of their exceptional releases. Here are some quotes from reviews:
I expect I am not alone in considering this recital among the duo’s most successful Lieder recordings of their long partnership.
Jason Victor Serinus, Classical Voice
A superlative recital which he crowns with a pianissimo at the end of “Loreley” that takes your breath away. … The harmony between singer and pianist is impressive; in the case of Liszt, essential. Every inflection, every accent, every vocal nuance is reciprocated, anticipated or commented on by the piano in splendid harmony. Showing their exquisite partnership Kaufmann and Deutsch do not diverge from their excellence, with rare expressive intelligence they create an unique dialogue.
Sebastian Spreng, Miami Clasica
Above all, there is Kaufmann’s smouldering tenor, so well suited to the restrained fervour of Liszt’s romanticism. In the sanctified air of “Der du von dem Himmel bist” or the delicate romance that closes “O lieb, solang du lieben kannst”, one can imagine an audience holding its breath. For a single-disc selection of Liszt’s songs, this is up there with the best.
Richard Fairman, Financial Times
There are not too many recordings of Liszt Lieder which are really good. Here is one!
Christoph Vratz, SWR 2
Apart from their personal fame as interpreters Kaufmann and Deutsch also served an important composer. One is really grateful to be offered such a large “dose” of Franz Liszt.
Renate Wagner, Online Merker