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Schubert: Winterreise

Opera star Matthew Rose and leading accompanist Gary Matthewman team up for this amazing rendition of Schubert’s masterpiece.

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Catalogue No: 5060192780222


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RECORDING OF THE MONTH – Like Hans Hotter, Matthew Rose leaves one with a sense of a vast burden of suffering determinedly endured against appalling odds (Gramophone)

CD OF THE WEEK (CD Review, BBC Radio 3)

It may sound like a contradiction in terms to call Rose’s performance both poignant and chilling, but his ability to express heartbreak and horror simultaneously makes this, for me, the most compelling Winterreise I’ve ever heard. This may be Rose’s debut recording, but he’s no stranger to the opera stages of La Scala, Covent Garden, and the Met. His partner in this enterprise, Gary Matthewman, is an indescribably sensitive accompanist, responsive to every inflection in vocal line and making more of his part than many a veteran pianist in this extraordinary cycle. This gets my highest possible recommendation: five gold stars. (Fanfare)

Written for tenor voice, often sung by a baritone, it acquires – literally – added depth in this beautiful reading by the Grammy-winning British bass Matthew Rose, who sings it mostly a fourth lower than its original key. Schubert himself called them “terrifying” songs and confessed to his own emotional exhaustion at having written them. Rose and Matthewman, while in full, expressive form, convey that sense of being utterly wrung out. (Observer)

This Winterreise is beautifully put together in every way: interpretation, recording, liner notes, artwork. (BBC Music Magazine)

Rose and Matthewman show natural flair and finesse. Rose’s German is superb, relishing Müller’s text while never turning tricksy. Matthewman’s pianistic control and responsiveness confirm that he is becoming the new Lieder generation’s go-to accompanist. (Entartete Musik)

C’est un volume de grande qualité et de belle facture que présente Stone Records avec une nouvelle interprétation du Voyage d’hiver de Schubert par la basse britannique Matthew Rose, accompagné par son jeune compatriote, le pianiste Gary Matthewman. La voix à l’assise solide, dotée d’une rondeur et d’une épaisseur confortables, donnant l’illusion de la facilité, déploie dès le numéro 1 (« Gute Nacht ») un timbre envoûtant sans que soient négligées l’articulation ni la diction, claire et compréhensible. Certains passages établissent une véritable osmose entre le piano et la voix (comme le début de « Der greise Kopf », nº 14, ou encore « Die Krähe », nº 15, très doux, intime, comme chuchoté). Les transitions sont particulièrement réussies au sein des morceaux qui font intervenir des changements de climat, la virtuosité du pianiste épousant la richesse des nuances vocales, avec de très beaux effets de contrastes (particulièrement dans « Rast », nº 10, et au service de la dimension dramatique du nº 11, « Frühlingstraum »). (Forum Opera)

Track listing

  1. Gute Nacht
  2. Die Wetterfahne
  3. Gefrorne Tränen
  4. Erstarrung
  5. Der Lindenbaum
  6. Wasserflut
  7. Auf dem Flusse
  8. Rückblick
  9. Irrlicht
  10. Rast
  11. Frühlingstraum
  12. Einsamkeit
  13. Die Post
  14. Der greise Kopf
  15. Die Krähe
  16. Letzte Hoffnung
  17. Im Dorfe
  18. Der stürmische Morgen
  19. Täuschung
  20. Der Wegweiser
  21. Das Wirtshaus
  22. Mut
  23. Die Nebensonnen
  24. Der Leiermann