Pavol Breslik writes of his new release: “From the very beginning, I had enormous respect for Die Winterreise, because it demands everything from the narrator. Whenever I open a page where I have set the notes aside and look at it again, I have new questions. And sometimes I don’t find an answer to everything. This ‘process’ never stops.” With his 3rd Lieder Album for Orfeo, Pavol Breslik sets foot on the 'Olympus' of German Lied Gesang with Schubert's Winterreise. His internationally acclaimed recording of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin (C737151) foreshadows that he has something to tell us also about this genius and mystical masterwork. “We artists are always strongly influenced by the work we are just doing. We put our entireRead more soul into it and do our very utmost to present it to the listener. Only whoever has really felt suffering, can sing about suffering. Here, it is a question of authenticity.”
Breslik's voice itself boasts plenty of steel, balanced out with an appealing hint of tremulousness, and is a fine, virile-sounding instrument. Katz’s playing is musical and sensitive. I miss a certain level of detail and insight, and there are occasions when Breslik’s German doesn’t quite sound ideally idiomatic. But this is an affecting performance with a lot to enjoy.