The Best of Thomas Quasthoff

Thomas Quasthoff

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The Best of Thomas Quasthoff Review

by James Leonard

Though it's called The Best of Thomas Quasthoff, this disc is not exactly the best of his many recordings. It doesn't stand up to his best recordings for Deutsche Grammophon or Hänssler, but it is the best of his recordings for RCA/Sony. Still, there are many very fine performances here that do show the German bass-baritone in very good form. There are five fabulous Schubert recordings, including an edge-of-your-seat performance of Erlkönig; five marvelous Schumann recordings, including a catch-in-your-throat performance of Mondnacht; three arias from Bach's Johannes-Passion, featuring a heartbreaking "Mein teuer Heiland"; and seven excepts from several Mozart operas, ending with a delightfully charming performance of the duet from Die Zauberflöte with Quasthoff as Papageno and Montserrat Caballé as Papagena. Listeners already familiar with the German singer's lustrous voice, robust tone, agile delivery, and warm-hearted interpretations will need no more encouragement, unless they already have the original RCA recordings.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Thomas Quasthoff 04:05 Amazon
2 Thomas Quasthoff 05:33 Amazon
Winterreise, D 911
3 Thomas Quasthoff 05:03 Amazon
4 Thomas Quasthoff 03:25 Amazon
5 Thomas Quasthoff 02:00 Amazon
Liederkreis, Op. 39
6 Thomas Quasthoff 02:05 Amazon
7 Thomas Quasthoff 03:40 Amazon
Dichterliebe, Op. 48
8 Thomas Quasthoff 01:26 Amazon
9 Thomas Quasthoff 01:23 Amazon
10 Thomas Quasthoff 04:05 Amazon
Johannes-Passion, BWV 245
11 Thomas Quasthoff 04:31 Amazon
12 Thomas Quasthoff 02:08 Amazon
13 Thomas Quasthoff 04:13 Amazon
14 Thomas Quasthoff 07:11 Amazon
Don Giovanni, KV 527
15 Thomas Quasthoff 02:02 Amazon
16 Thomas Quasthoff 05:47 Amazon
Die Zauberflöte, KV 620
17 Thomas Quasthoff 02:53 Amazon
18 Thomas Quasthoff 04:14 Amazon
19 Thomas Quasthoff 04:40 Amazon
20 Thomas Quasthoff 02:40 Amazon
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