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Kaufmann crops up again this month with his new solo album Dolce Vita, a selection of Italian songs. The oldest is ‘Fenesta ca lucive’ (the traditional music sometimes attributed to Bellini), and the most modern is ‘Il libro dell’amore’, composed by Zucchero in 2013. It’s a mixed bag, but holds together through the memories it evokes: play it to an audience of a certain age and they’ll come up with a diverse range of previous performers, from Caruso to Dean Martin, Tino Rossi to Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. The musical arrangements are stylistically consistent and dispatched with a flourish by Asher Fisch leading the Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo, Palermo. Kaufmann is an engaging guide through the emotional highs and lows of his sometimes schmaltzy programme. At full throttle he is thrilling, but he’s certainly not afraid to hone his voice down. He also exudes charm and captures the sunny humour that eluded Juan Diego Flórez in his comparable recital Italia last year. Full marks also for the amusing and entertaining booklet notes.

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