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Schubert: Winterreise

Jonas Kaufmann Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Following the success of Jonas Kaufmann’s debut album on Sony Classical, The Verdi Album, Sony Classical are pleased to release its first recital disc with the world’s top tenor. Along with Franz Schubert’s earlier song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin, Winterreise is generally considered the composer’s greatest contribution to the Lied repertoire. The Winterreise song cycle (Winter Journey) is set to 24 poems by the poet Wilhelm Müller and was completed by Schubert a year before his death in 1827.

After over 20 years of working together and countless performances of Winterreise, Jonas Kaufmann and his piano-partner Helmut Deutsch finally commit the Olympus of the Lied repertoire to disc. What started as a teacher-student relationship at the Münchner Hochschule für Musik und Theater has long since developed into a close professional partnership. Helmut Deutsch is recognised as one of the world's foremost Lieder pianists.

Jonas Kaufmann says about the work: “Against the background of all the horror stories that bombard us today, we are undoubtedly rather more hardened than Schubert’s contemporaries and yet even today’s listeners can still find this cycle affecting. Even as interpreters we always find ourselves sucked into the emotional undertow of these songs, although we know perfectly well what to expect. I think that Winterreise has the same sort of cathartic effect as a Greek drama: the emotional experience purges the soul. The work has an almost meditative effect on me, because Schubert expressed these emotional depths with a clarity and a simplicity that I ultimately find consoling and that allows me to regain my own inner balance.”

Following worldwide success in the Italian as well as in the German and French repertoire, today Jonas Kaufmann is regarded as the ‘king of tenors’. The Munich-born singer is, without a doubt, in the absolute top echelon of the operatic world – he is in extreme demand with the world’s most influential conductors and opera houses, selling out opera houses and concert venues months in advance, wherever he performs.

In addition to singing at the world’s leading opera houses (the Met, Scala, Vienna State Opera, Opéra de Paris, Royal Opera House London etc.), he also performs at the Salzburg Festival each year and reaches an audience of millions with broadcasts of opera in cinemas and on television.

In 2011 he received the Opera News Award in New York and was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. Specialist journals such as Opernwelt, Diapason and Musical America, as well as the jury of the German ECHO Klassik, voted Kaufmann “Singer of the Year”. He received this honour in April at the first International Opera Awards in London and was at the same time the winner of the Readers’ Award.

Kaufmann is also an internationally sought-after concert and lieder singer. His constant accompanist on the piano is Helmut Deutsch, with whom he has worked since they studied together in Munich. Among their countless lieder evenings, 30 October 2011 was a special date in musical history: it was the first solo recital to be given in the Metropolitan Opera since Luciano Pavarotti in 1994.

Austrian born pianist Helmut Deutsch taught at the Musikhochschule Wien between 1967 and 1979, before holding the position of Professor of Lied Song at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München between 1986 & 2011. He regularly is invited to guest professor at various Universities. He is one of the leading authorities on Lied, and has won many prizes for his numerous recordings accompanying the world's top singers.

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SONY 88883795632; SONY - Italia; Classica Lirica Lied

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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“Winterreise” (D 911), Franz Schubert’s cycle (1797-1828) on poems by Wilhelm Müller, is a musical drama that can be read as the story of a young man, desperate on account of a lost love who travels through a winter landscape, and also as the discovery of the desolation of a man, expressed in the description of the climate, finding the ultimate realities. It is, therefore, a cycle about death, perceived as longing and rest. Death, in this case, replaces what has been lost; the further the young man distances himself from his love, the further he distances himself from his life. A really deep sea in 24 songs; an open sea of feeling.

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann addresses this huge work from emotion and his wager renews each Lied for our time and works as catharsis. It purifies, in a sense. His many nuanced voice, to which he confers abysmal meanings, builds an environment that is essentially meditative and dreamlike, as if the “moment” in which it is produced were the one which precedes death, in which a whole life or the most important things in it are recapitulated. He insists on solitude and in the option to finish once for all.

“Gute nacht” (Good night) is the first poem and it begins with the word “Fremd”, stranger, because as such we come into the world and into love. Kaufmann reveals right from the start the state of dejection of the wanderer, whom he will move through pain and fury, showing the understandable weakness of his pleas, as in “Die Wetterfahne” (The Weather-vane): Was fragen sie nach meinen Schmerzen? (Why should you worry about my suffering?).

The piano, in the miraculous hands of Helmut Deutsch, draws the notes that describe “Gefrorne Tränen” (Frozen Tears) and Jonas Kaufmann resorts to alchemy in the question “Dass ich geweinet hab?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb at last 9 April 2014
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I am well acquainted with Kaufmann's superb performances in opera but I approached his journey into lieder with some trepidation. I need not have worried!. The superb voice was there in abundance but his complete understanding of the text and his wonderful interpretation of each song with their differing nuances was masterful. Helmut Deutsch was the perfect accompanist and contributed massively to the successful project.

I have heard many previous versions of this famous song cycle by some excellent artists including Dietrich Fischer Diskau but, to my mind, none has approached this latest attempt and, certainly, none have reduced me to tears at the end. Thank-you Jonas Kaufmann.

May we expect Tristan within the next couple of years?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a voice, what lieder! 25 April 2014
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For me Franz Schubert is the greatest composer who has ever written music. Lots of others run him close (J. S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Mahler, Shostakovich - the list goes on) but in a short life of 31 years Schubert produced a wealth of sublime music. These songsare wonderfully sung by Kaufmann, one of the latest in a long line of interpreters. He conveys the mood of sadness and loss brilliantly and is accompanied with the right restraint and empathy by Helmut Deutsch.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a superb Winterreise 17 Feb 2014
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This recording of the ultimate Schubert challenge for singers gives us a great performance by Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch. You imagine the traveller awe-inspiringly haggard and drawn like an expressionist figure, and the rough, sombre edge to Kaufmann's voice emphasises the dark palette of the songs. They are like 24 pieces of a jigsaw that shows the very portrait of the soul of one rejected in love and disconsolate, and each piece fills out an aspect of despair, while bothering little with concrete details as a realist would want. Schubert is at his most ineffably sad, and sometimes fierce, both of which Kaufmann captures to perfection. He and Deutsch have apparently been playing the cycle for several years, and you feel this is music they have travelled with themselves. Rather than an essay the notes take the form of an interview with both of them, in which there is an interesting divergence in how they read the last song about the hurdy-gurdy man. The music itself is ambiguous and strange enough in this song to be read in a number of ways, so you can't feel quite sure of where the traveller is left ... I'm sure there are many other remarkable versions - I have most recently listened to Kurt Moll (very deep) and Barbara Hendricks (affecting, although presumably not quite the sound Schubert had in mind). Both are very good but I would say Kaufmann is totally outstanding, and I doubt whether many can match him for rough-hewn vocal timbre allied to refinement in the way he gets the intensity of the songs. It brings tears to the eyes, and not from the cold!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great but not towering recording 21 April 2014
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I bought this record because I am generally fond of Jonas Kaufman voice and art of interpretation. In this case I was certainly not let down by either BUT Kaufman has not displaced in my ranking what I still consider the towering Winterreise, that recorded in 1972 by Fischer Diskau and Gerald Moore. (An interpretation worth listening to is the 1955 mono version by Hans Hotter and Gerald Moore) Why the Fischer Diskau version? For a very simple reason: it "moves" me more than any other I have had a chance to listen to.
I should recommend Kaufman only as a worthwhile addition to a "portfolio" of Schubert's lieder recordings.
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1.0 out of 5 stars He recorded it for Sony's money only
Kaufmann is a good opera singer, but this is not opera. He lacks the precision delivery that these songs require. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Z. Gulaboff
4.0 out of 5 stars Schubert revitalised
All you might ever want to hear in a Winterreise performance. Vocal sensitivity and power, intellect and apparent naivety, beautiful and thrilling. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Charwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
Beautiful music, beautiful interpretation. Simply the best.
Published 24 days ago by Mr. A. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious disc.
The Winterreise is one of the great icons of classical music and no one does it more justice than Kaufmann here. Read more
Published 25 days ago by dacochrane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 29 days ago by SW Cartwright
5.0 out of 5 stars JK at his best.
Well he's the best tenor in the world these days, isn't he? This German collection is a "Kaufmann Must Have" - IT'S THAT SIMPLE!
Published 2 months ago by david crothers
Published 2 months ago by CENTRAL LONDON MAN
5.0 out of 5 stars simply beautiful
Jonas Kaufmann is amazing in this recording. He sings with such a purity and lack of grandeur. The music is of course wonderful but this interpretation is stunning - a must for... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonas Kaufmann-Winterreise.
Exquisite:my second album of Kaufmann,the first being the Wagner arias.Beautifully sung and accompanied is a delight.Keep my eye out for the next one.
Published 4 months ago by Constanze
5.0 out of 5 stars another great winterreise
Any singer contemplating "Winterreise" must ask himself, I imagine, what his particular vocal qualities might bring to a fresh rendering of this great cycle. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stanley Crowe
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