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Fred Cohn
Opera News, August 2017

…this is as beautifully sung a Winterreise as can be imagined. The tone is beautiful and firmly supported throughout its range and at all dynamics; the diction is astonishingly vivid, with consonants that define rather than obstruct the legato line. But watching Goerne is also a revelation, his great wounded-bear presence making him an embodiment of Schubert’s sorrowful protagonist. © 2017 Opera News Read complete review



Robert A Moore
American Record Guide, July 2017

…vocally, [Goerne] is magnificent. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Dominy Clements
MusicWeb International, May 2017

William Kentridge’s work is explained both in collaboration with the musicians and in a lifetime’s ‘preparation’ for such a production, drawing on decades of material already created. It’s interesting to hear how, in advance, the entire idea was greeted with scepticism by Goerne and predicted to be ‘a complete disaster’ by others, but Kentridge’s idea avoids cliché ideas of turning Winterreise into Grand Opera. His animated images add layers of association, not presenting finished ‘art’, but playing on the imagination—avoiding a literal tracking of the words in the text, but exploring the strangeness and atmosphere in the songs. Goerne is not asked to ‘act’, although there are clear relationships between his movements and the projected images. This all occurs within Goerne’s natural movements and there are no overdone gestures.

With some concert video recordings it’s easy to switch off the screen and just enjoy the music, but in this case the physicality of Goerne’s presence and his expression of emotion in every aspect of the performance is something which, beyond the unity of art and music in the film, is an essential part of the whole: “I play with everything I have”. This physicality, beyond just the familiarity of a sound recording, is something that William Kentridge also points out as a revelation. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Hugo Shirley
Gramophone, May 2017

SCHUBERT, F.: Winterreise (visualized by William Kentridge) (Goerne, Hinterhäuser) (NTSC) 738008
SCHUBERT, F.: Winterreise (visualized by William Kentridge) (Goerne, Hinterhäuser) (Blu-ray, HD) 738104

Once as a viewer, you’re unburdened of the quite natural desire to join the dots, to make connections between what you’re hearing and seeing, then it’s possible to enter the strange, beguiling and very personal world that the artist is creating. Goerne describes it as Kentridge’s journey, existing parallel to Schubert’s, with scattered references to what feels like a putative personal narrative, as well as to broader issues of South African history.

Kentridge’s contributions are deeply serious, and often beautiful…

It’s fascinating viewing, by turns enchanting and disquieting, but you might, as I did, find your eye simply being drawn back to Goerne. He sings the cycle now with a new and powerful tragic gravity, matched every weary trudge of the way by Hinterhäuser’s intelligent and supportive playing. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Robert Tomas
The WholeNote, April 2017

Here is a recording of a conventional voice and piano performance augmented, or diminished, by visual projections designed by William Kentridge. …what a performance! Goerne, who is surely one of the world’s leading singers of Lieder, especially by Schubert and Mahler, is in fine voice here. © 2017 The WholeNote Read complete review





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