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Jonas Kaufmann - Schubert: Winterreise is WCLV 'Choice CD' for April

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Each month, WCLV's Program Director Bill O'Connell selects a series of special CDs to be featured on the air throughout the month. For April, Bill features Sony Classical's Franz Schubert: Winterreise - with Jonas Kaufmann, tenor; Helmut Deutsch, piano on Mon 4/7, Wed 4/16, Fri 4/25.

Superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann could easily fill his performance calendar with Verdi, Wagner and Puccini. But for Mr. Kaufmann, interpreting the classical Lieder repertory is the highest order of singing and Schubert's ‘Winterreise' is regarded as the composer's greatest contribution to the repertoire. Schubert's ‘Winter Journey' is set to twenty-four poems by Wilhelm Müller and was completed in 1827. 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' documenting their special partnership. Listen to Jonas Kaufmann's conversation with WCLV's Angela Schmidt.



Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6 "Pathétique" & Romances, Opp. 6 & 73 - Rotterdam Philharmonic/Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Lisa Batiashvili, violin (DeutGram 4790835) 

Yannick Nézet-Séguin first heard Tchaikovsky's ‘Pathétique' live in Montreal at the age of eight. It was the work he chose for his debut with both the Orchestre Métropolitaine du Grand Montréal and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Conducting Russian music with the Rotterdam Philharmonic acknowledges his predecessor on the podium, Valéry Gergiev, and showcases the depth and refinement of the Dutch orchestra. "The point for me," says the conductor, "is this work's pervasive lust for life, and the lack of faith in humanity which is the implicit message of the end." The symphony is accompanied by two sets of Tchaikovsky's songs, in arrangements for piano and violin featuring Lisa Batiashvili. 

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