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Jonas Kaufmann - Schubert: Winterreise / NJ.com review

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Jonas Kaufmann has become the Metropolitan Opera's go-to tenor for a wide variety of leading roles, and has consistently lived up to his reputation. In the more intimate realm of Schubert's song cycle "Winterreise," however, his artistry and the uniqueness of his dynamic sound are perhaps even more striking than they are onstage - or when he records arias with orchestra.

Throughout the work, his voice takes on a viola-like quality - warm and plangent. He is well suited to the story of a traveler in icy conditions who has been burned by a failed love affair. The hooded character his tenor has sometimes taken on in other performances and recordings seems to be gone. There are times when he calls to mind a shout or a whisper, but he constantly maintains beautifully supported singing and polished, deliberate musicianship. READ THE FULL NJ.com REVIEW.