Schubert: Winterreise

Joel Kasow
Culturekiosque (US)

This utterly amazing reading of Schubert’s Winterreise took me completely by surprise. It may be one of the slowest performances (just short of 80 minutes) of the work, with extremely free rubato and rallentando, but it works without calling attention to the performers but forcing us to focus on the work itself. Davislim’s clear tenor is an option we hear with greater frequency today than 30 or 40 years ago when few were the tenors who ventured into this repertoire. And it is an option that works throughout the wide-ranging vocal and emotional demands. Anthony Romaniuk follows the singer without hesitation in what is clearly a joint interpretation. From the lighter, early songs to a devastating conclusion with ‘Der Leiermann’, this is an interpretation that will stay the course.