Live Recording from 18th November 2018, Alfried Krupp Saal, Philharmonie Essen, Germany
Diana Damrau and Jonas Kaufmann, reigning stars of opera, are also consummate interpreters of song. In early 2018, with master pianist Helmut Deutsch, they performed Hugo Wolf’s multi-faceted Italienisches Liederbuch in 12 cities around Europe. “One couldn’t ask for more,” wrote the Telegraph after their London concert, which took place two days before this live recording was made in the German city of Essen.
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"Opera stars don’t always make the best Lieder singers, but Damrau and Kaufmann are worth hearing in Wolf’s masterly collection...The soprano sounds appropriately shrewish and brittle, while Kaufmann lavishes a wide palette of colour and expressive intensity on the male songs."
"Damrau’s bright and piercing soprano is particularly telling, greatly effective when teasing and playing the coquette, or digging out the smallest nuances in the texts...In all the songs, too, we’re always aware of the third artist at this feast, the pianist Deutsch. Whatever the songs’ kaleidoscopic demands...he is ever judicious, perfect and precise: a pianist you could take anywhere."