Guardian, The Observer, 19 August 2001
Schumann: Four songs from Opus 35 and Dichterliebe Opus 48; Liszt: Three Petrarch Sonnets (1838 versions); Richard Strauss: Six songs
Special report: the Edinburgh festival 2001
Jonas Kaufmann & Helmut Deutsch Queen's Hall
One other star burst forth this week: the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, whose lieder recital with pianist Helmut Deutsch had the Queen's Hall audience (and Radio 3 listeners) agog from start to finish. He sings with mesmerising intensity, his voice flexible in range and dynamic, his handling of the words perceptive but never exaggerated. His searing account of Schumann's Dichterliebe was unforgettable - the familiar song-cycle appeared new minted. Edinburgh is famous for its tattoo of pipes and fireworks. Here was another kind, left indelibly on the memory.

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