Notes & Reviews:
Superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann could easily fill his performance calendar with Verdi, Wagner and Puccini. But, for Kaufmann, however much he loves opera, interpreting the classical lieder repertory is the highest order of singing. It demands far more detailed work than any other vocal discipline, more color, more nuances and a greater range of dynamics. On Kaufmann's new album, Schubert: Winterreise, the opera star tackles what is generally regarded as the pinnacle of lieder singing. It is considered the composer's greatest contribution to the Lied repertoire. The Winterreise (Winter Journey) song cycle is set to twenty four poems by the poet Wilhelm Müller and was completed by Schubert in 1827. Says Kaufmann, "I think that Winterreise has the same sort of cathartic effect as a Greek drama: the emotional experience purges the soul. For me, the work has an almost meditative effect because Schubert expressed these emotional depths that allow me to regain my own inner balance."
After working together closely for more than twenty years and giving a number of recitals of Schubert's great song cycles, Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch make their first recording of Winterreise which documents their special partnership. They will make their Carnegie Hall recital debut on February 20, 2014 while Jonas is in the U.S. performing the title role in a new production of Massenet's Werther at The Metropolitan Opera.
American Record Guide, July/August 2014
German tenor Jonas Kaufmann and Austrian- born pianist Helmut Deutsch have been recital partners since early in Kaufmann's career. His recent Wagner and Verdi recordings have been best-sellers. The strongest impression I take from Kaufmann's reading is that tonal beauty tends to eclipse some of the despair inherent in these songs. One advantage of Kaufmann's performance is that he adheres to the keys indicated in Schubert's manuscripts. The tonal transition into the final song shows the advantage of Schubert's original key signatures. The vocal timbre that makes him so convincing in heldentenor roles brings out the darkness of these.
Recording information: August Everding Saal, Grünwald, Germany (10/22/2013-10/27/2013).
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Works DetailsSchubert, Franz : Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89
- Performers: Helmut Deutsch (Piano); Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
- Notes: August Everding Saal, Grünwald, Germany (10/22/2013-10/27/2013)
- Running Time: 65 min. 22 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Vocal
- Written: 1827