Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Winter Release of Jonas Kaufmann's Winterreise

From the Blurb @ JK's official website:

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. 

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.”

Meanwhile, I also learned—courtesy of a lovely blog called Salazar's Opera Family Circle—about several upcoming DVD releases featuring JK (hooray!):
  • Ariadne auf Naxos from the Wiener Staatsoper
  • Don Carlo, also from the Wiener Staatsoper
  • Parsifal aus Der Met 

There goes my February and March lunch money!


  1. Perhaps your lunches will be even skimpier, as a Jonas Kaufmann "Faust" is to come out in early March.

    It's a wonderful blog you have! :-)

    1. Oh my! Is that the Met Faust or a newer one? Thanks for the compliment, and thanks for reading!

    2. The Met "Faust", yes, with also Pape and Poplavskaya. It's available for pre-order at Presto Classical, where I saw it. Slated for release on March 3, in Europe; in the U.S., Amazon states March 18. :-)

    3. Great! I don't know why I thought that already was available. Ah well, who needs lunch, anyway? :-)

  2. I have my eye on that Don Carlo already.


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