Werner Güra, Jan Schultsz, Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, Op. 25, D. 795

James Jolly

By James Jolly

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, Op. 25, D. 795

Werner Güra, Jan Schultsz
A near-ideal interpreter tackles a song cycle all about young, rustic love.

Franz Schubert's song-cycle "Die schöne Müllerin," a delightful sequence about young, rustic love, always strikes me as music for tenor. The freshness of the sentiment and the "brightness" of the riverside setting seem to call for the sappy, youthful quality of a high male voice. In Werner Güra, the cycle has a near-ideal interpreter — there is a lovely innocence about his voice that he employs to winning effect. His technical control is quite extraordinary: he can sing with an exquisite pianissimo (like a whisper but full of sweetness) as well as at a terrific full-throated forte. Jan Schultsz is an accompanist of great sympathy, following his partner through every broadening of the line as if by telepathy. And there is an attention to the text, and its every nuance, that only a native German-speaking singer seems to divine.