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The Daily Telegraph

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 Sunday Times

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.

Gramophone

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.

BBC Music Magazine

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.”

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Franz Lehár: Paganini 3:22   $
Gern hab ich die Frau'n geküsst 03:22   $
Werner R. Heymann: Ein blonder Traum 2:57   $
Irgendwo auf der Welt 02:57   $
Richard Tauber: Der singende Traum 3:52   $
Du bist die Welt für mich 03:52   $
Franz Lehár: Frasquita 3:42   $
Hab' ein blaues Himmelbett 03:42   $
Robert Stolz: Liebeskommando 3:7   $
Im Traum hast Du mir alles erlaubt 03:07   $
Emmerich Kálmán: Gräfin Mariza 5:27   $
Grüß mir mein Wien 05:27   $
Franz Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns 3:40   $
Dein ist mein ganzes Herz! 03:40   $
Hans May: Ein Lied geht um die Welt 2:41   $
Ein Lied geht um die Welt 02:41   $
Franz Lehár: Giuditta 3:25   $
Giuditta: "Freunde das Leben ist lebenswert!" 03:25   $
Paul Abraham: Victor und ihr Husar 4:21   $
Reich mir zum Abschied noch einmal die Hände 04:21   $
Ralph Benatzky: Im weißen Rössl 2:59   $
Es muss was Wunderbares sein 02:59   $
Paul Abraham: Die Blume von Hawaii 4:7   $
Diwanpüppchen 04:07   $
Robert Stolz: Frag nicht, warum ich gehe 3:49   $
Frag nicht, warum ich gehe 03:49   $
Mischa Spoliansky: Das Lied einer Nacht 3:10   $
Heute Nacht oder nie 03:10   $
Eduard Künneke: Die große Sünderin 4:26   $
Das Lied vom Leben des Schrenk 04:26   $
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Die tote Stadt 6:13   $
Glück, das mir verblieb 06:13   $
 

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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.

Du bist die Welt für mich

Category Vocal

Period Early 20th

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