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Schubert: Winterreise

Jonas Kaufmann Audio CD
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  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (7 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Winterreise, D911: Gute Nacht
2. Winterreise, D911: Die Wetterfahne
3. Winterreise, D911: Gefrorne Tränen
4. Winterreise, D911: Erstarrung
5. Winterreise, D911: Der Lindenbaum
6. Winterreise, D911: Wasserflut
7. Winterreise, D911: Auf dem Flusse
8. Winterreise, D911: Rückblick
9. Winterreise, D911: Irrlicht
10. Winterreise, D911: Rast
11. Winterreise, D911: Frühlingstraum
12. Winterreise, D911: Einsamkeit
13. Winterreise, D911: Die Post
14. Winterreise, D911: Der greise Kopf
15. Winterreise, D911: Die Krähe
16. Winterreise, D911: Letzte Hoffnung
17. Winterreise, D911: Im Dorfe
18. Winterreise, D911: Der stürmische Morgen
19. Winterreise, D911: Täuschung
20. Winterreise, D911: Der Wegweiser
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12 of 12 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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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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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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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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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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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!
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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
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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 3 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 3 months ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars very good indeed
The voice is effortless and strain free. Accompaniment intelligent and gracious. Would be a good present for somebody who is non-Schubertian.
Published 3 months ago by Olaf Rock
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Winterreise for some time.
The presentation and especially the contents are wonderful. What a voice and the text so intelligently interpreted. This is highly recommended!
Published 3 months ago by Muffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great interpretation!
Very fine interpretation of the Winterreise from a singer with a voice which is not only beautiful, but in total control.
Published 3 months ago by David Orton
5.0 out of 5 stars Schubert Winterreise
It is fabulous. How could it be otherwise when Jonas Kaufmann sings!
It is most sublime Music and perfect execution.
Published 3 months ago by I Abolins
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