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.

This album is available for pre-order via Amazon.de and will be released in Germany on January 11, and on Amazon.com on January 25, 2019.

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Damrau’s character, sparkling and supple of tone, and fully engaged with each syllable of the text, emerged as a terrible flirt.

– The Times