"...Rose and Matthewman show natural flair and finesse. Rose’s German is superb, relishing Müller’s text while never turning tricksy. Matthewman’s pianistic control and responsiveness confirm that he is becoming the new Lieder generation’s go-to accompanist..."
"...Written for tenor voice, often sung by a baritone, it acquires – literally – added depth in this beautiful reading by the Grammy-winning British bass Matthew Rose, who sings it mostly a fourth lower than its original key. Schubert himself called them “terrifying” songs and confessed to his own emotional exhaustion at having written them. Rose and Matthewman, while in full, expressive form, convey that sense of being utterly wrung out..."
"...This Winterreise is beautifully put together in every way: interpretation, recording, liner notes, artwork."
BBC Music Magazine
CD OF THE WEEK
(CD Review, BBC Radio 3)
"...It may sound like a contradiction in terms to call Rose’s performance both poignant and chilling, but his ability to express heartbreak and horror simultaneously makes this, for me, the most compelling Winterreise I’ve ever heard. This may be Rose’s debut recording, but he’s no stranger to the opera stages of La Scala, Covent Garden, and the Met. His partner in this enterprise, Gary Matthewman, is an indescribably sensitive accompanist, responsive to every inflection in vocal line and making more of his part than many a veteran pianist in this extraordinary cycle. This gets my highest possible recommendation: five gold stars..."
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
"...Like Hans Hotter, Matthew Rose leaves one with a sense of a vast burden of suffering determinedly endured against appalling odds ..."
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