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Jonas Kaufmann performing Schubert's Der Linderbaum is KDFC 'Download of the Week'

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Each week KDFC - San Francisco eNotes members can download a free mp3 from some of the biggest releases in the world of Classical music. This week's pick is from Jonas Kaufmann performing Schubert's Der Linerbaum from his album Winterreise.

Superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann could easily fill his performance calendar with Verdi, Wagner and Puccini. But, for Kaufmann, however much he loves opera, interpreting the classical lieder repertory is the highest order of singing. It demands far more detailed work than any other vocal discipline, more color, more nuances and a greater range of dynamics. On Kaufmann's new album, Schubert: Winterreise, the opera star tackles what is generally regarded as the pinnacle of lieder singing. It is considered the composer's greatest contribution to the Lied repertoire. The Winterreise (Winter Journey) song cycle is set to twenty-four poems by the poet Wilhelm Muller and was completed by Schubert in 1827.