Album: Klaus Florian Vogt, Helden (Sony Classical)


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German tenor Klaus Florian Vogt has the appeal of a period film star – the granite chin, the mane of shoulder-length hair and legs that probably look great in swashbuckler's tights – and there's a sunlit, youthful spirit to his delivery that's entirely suitable for the heroic roles anthologised on Helden: soaring, ambitious, morally certain, with little of the gravitas, doubt and compromise one detects in more mature tenors.

Especially effective in the Wagnerian roles, Vogt is equally convincing in less weighty parts like the forester Max in Weber's The Freeshooter, and brings a delightful, fleet nimbleness to The Magic Flute's Tamino.

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