The Sunday Times, August 3, 2008
Hugh Canning
Recital, Munich, 22 July 2008
Richard Strauss Week at the Munich Opera Festival
The Strauss week also included an orchestral concert, conducted by Nagano, and a song recital in the Prince Regent by the rising Munich-born tenor Jonas Kaufmann, of which the second half consisted entirely of lieder by Strauss. He was in ringing voice, possibly a touch operatic, but always sensitive to dynamics and words. The first half consisted of a grippingly narrated account of Schubert’s 16-minute Schiller ballad Die Bürgschaft and Britten’s Sonnets of Michelangelo, delivered with gloriously Italianate style — something I have never experienced with British interpreters. A real ear-opener.

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