Notes & Reviews:
Schubert's devastating song cycle, 'Die Schone Mullerin' is not solely for the singer, but exists as an equal duet between pianist and voice. Listeners will experience Jonas Kaufmann's voice from an entirely new perspective, as he sings romantic Lieder. Kaufmann's outstanding ability to communicate though the music with his versatile voice is heartwarming. Helmut Deutsch, a renowned collaborative pianist, brings his intelligence and sensitive artistry to bear in these heart-rending performances.
I doubt that Schubert's cycle, purely in vocal terms, has been more thrillingly sung on disc since Fritz Wunderlich...[Kaufmann's] diction and eloquence in German is immaculate [...] This version of Schubert's masterpiece [is] one of the most compelling in recent years.
One of the greatest accounts of Die Schöne Müllerin on disc...It's big in scale: Kaufmann's soft singing is exquisite, but his voice isn't small and there are moments when he and Deutsch really let rip in their quest for expressive veracity...Not for the faint-hearted, but highly recommended.
an interpretation solidly centered on a simple and powerful emotional arc. Unlike some singers, Kaufmann doesn't darken the narrative from the beginning, a decision that only enlarges the devastation wrought by the hero's journey from bliss to despair.
Speaking first of voices, I would think that Kaufmann's is the best, certainly the richest, among tenors to be heard in Die Schöne Müllerin on record since Fritz Wunderlich, and of those two he has the more imaginative way of singing it.
New York Times
[Kaufmann] scales down his operatic instincts to bring subtle drama to the interior life of the lovesick protagonist, showing exquisite vocal control. Helmut Deutsch is a sensitive partner.
Classic FM Magazine
Probably the most exciting, convincing and moving account of Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin that I've had the good fortune to hear.
Recording information: Max-Joseph Saal, Munich (07/30/2009).
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Works DetailsSchubert, Franz : Die schöne Müllerin, song cycle, for voice & piano, D. 795 (Op. 25)
- Performers: Helmut Deutsch (Piano); Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
- Running Time: 59 min. 50 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Vocal
- Written: 1823