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Dean Frey
Music for Several Instruments, July 2017

Matthias Goerne’s searching, haunted Winterreise has always been special, whether his supporting partner is Alfred Brendel, Christopher Eschenbach or, as here, Markus Hinterhauser. A new dimension is added in this splendid Blu-ray, the visualizations of artist and film-maker William Kentridge. Kentridge’s monochromatic animations, stripped down, sophisticated versions of the great experimental films of the surrealists and Canada’s National Film Board, are so evocative. They add context and emotional depth to the story Wilhelm Müller and Schubert tell in this song cycle. To be sure, the interpretation by Goerne and Hinterhauser stands alone in its greatness, but Kentridge’s images add a dimension of no small artistic import as well. © 2017 Music for Several Instruments 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, March 2017

…the interweaving of words and music is so expertly done that in a truly fine performance, anything further that is added to the music-and-words combination seems a detraction, or at least a distraction. And the reading by Matthias Goerne and Markus Hinterhäuser is a very fine one indeed. Goerne plumbs the emotional depths of these songs from start to finish, his legato and dramatic strength equally impressive, and Hinterhäuser is a first-rate partner, the piano part interweaving with the poetry, accentuating here, supplementing there, contrasting a bit in another place. © 2017 Read complete review

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