Schubert: Winterreise D911

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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, France, July 2015


Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Markus Hinterhäuser (piano)

Franz Schubert´s Winterreise engages with its audience in a new and unexpected form. Matthias Goerne, 'the voice of perfection' (Le Figaro), pianist Markus Hinterhäuser and South African director, set designer and theatrical artist William Kentridge joined forces on stage and traced newly imagined, deeply moving images. In short animated films, Kentridge visualises Goerne’s and Hinterhäuser’s sonic contribution. A memorable meeting 'of melancholy and magic' (La Marseillaise). 'Mr. Kentridge’s 24 stop-action films - made up of animated ink drawings and collages - offer a visually mesmerising and thought-provoking commentary on Schubert’s song cycle' (New York Times). 'There is an unusual robustness to his (Matthias Goerne´s) wanderer, infused by the virile beauty of his powerful baritone' (New York Times).

Documentary: A TRIO FOR SCHUBERT feat. Interviews with W. Kentridge, M. Goerne and M. Hinterhäuser

Running Time Total: 138 Minutes (Concert 85’ + Doc 53’)

Picture 16:9, HD

Sound BD: PCM Stereo

Subtitles German (original language), English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese Doc: German, English, Korean, Japanese

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C Major - 738104

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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911

Live from the Siemensvilla, Berlin, 1979


Franz Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise was written late in his life. It is regarded both as a highlight of the genre and as the touchstone by which lieder singers are judged. To succeed in interpreting Winterreise is the artistic equivalent of a patent of nobility for a singer. The song cycle certainly became one of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s calling cards and it is probably this work that made the baritone an international household name. Time and again his interpretation could be heard in the concert hall, at festivals, on the radio and on numerous records. In this recording made for the Sender Freies Berlin in January 1979, we see two of the leading musicians of their day in the prime of their lives and at the very peak of their art and experience appearing together in the service of Schubert’s Winterreise. Both the experienced Schubert lieder singer and the Austrian pianist – known throughout the world for his authoritative interpretations of Schubert’s piano music – had performed Winterreise together frequently between 1975 and 1989. In a way, Fischer-Dieskau’s approach to Schubert’s lieder has become the touchstone for today’s singers. This recording of rehearsal and concert offer a glance into the development of a masterly interpretation of a masterwork.

Special Feature: The Rehearsal

This 56-minute documentary offers fascinating insights into how

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Alfred Brendel rehearsed prior to

their recording of Schubert’s “Winterreise”.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Subtitles: EN, DE, FR, ES, IT

Region Code: 0

Running Time: 73 mins + 56 mins Bonus

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Arthaus Musik - 109317

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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911


Dimitris Tiliakos (baritone), Vassilis Varvaresos (piano)

The Greek baritone and international opera soloist Dimitris Tiliakos recorded a wonderful version of the Winterreise cycle, together with pianist Vassilis Varvaresos. Dimitris is known from the international opera stage. He recently recorded the title role ‘Don Giovanni’ for Sony Classical under the baton of Teodor Currentzis. He has chosen Navis Classics to record the Lieder-repertoire, starting with Winterreise.

In the booklet you will find the interesting link between the ancient Greek history and this wonderful repertoire from the heart of Europe; Dimitris points out that the dynamic between Eros and Thanatos, Love and Death, is the main theme of ancient Greek drama.

“This is a bleak, stark existential journey, with Dimitris Tiliakos’s clean, slightly dry timbre complemented by the bare, sometimes aptly desiccated textures conjured up by his excellent pianist…the steadiness and control of Tiliakos’s soft singing are heard to particularly touching effect in ‘Wasserflut’…his diction is invariably clear; and throughout he avoids the slightest hint of sentimentality” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

Navis Classics - NC16008

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In Memoriam Jon Vickers

In Memoriam Jon Vickers

Schubert - Winterreise


Schubert:

Winterreise D911

CD2 53.32

Jon Vickers in conversation with Jon Tolansky

Recorded at Barbican Centre Cinema, London, 25 October 1998

1 The audience welcomes Jon Vickers 0.44

2 Jon Vickers’ career from the beginning in Canada up to early performances at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden 11.34

3 Fidelio with Otto Klemperer 5.53

4a/ Beethoven – Fidelio. Act 2: Gott! Welch Dunkel hier!... In des Lebens Frühlingstagen*

4b/ Observations on singing technique 7.36

5 Tristan und Isolde 11.13

6 Peter Grimes; Jon Vickers’ philosophy of performance 6.48

7 Presentation of Amici di Verdi medal to Jon Vickers by Sir Edward Downes 9.49

*Philharmonia Orchestra, conductor Otto Klemperer (CD 2564695614 Warner Classics)


Jon Vickers (tenor) & Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

In one of his last recordings, Jon Vickers – the greatest heroic tenor of his era – relives Schubert’s Winterreise with the almost hallucinatory intensity he also brought to such operatic roles as Tristan, Otello and Peter Grimes. He reveals the secrets of his interpretative powers on the companion disc; it contains a public interview given in 1998 at London’s Barbican Centre to broadcaster Jon Tolansky, who describes Vickers as “a titanic singer”.

Jon Vickers, the greatest heroic tenor of his era, died on 10th July 2015 at the age of 88. The Warner Classics catalogue contains recordings of Vickers in several of his most important operatic roles – Otello and Tristan with Karajan and Florestan (Fidelio) with Klemperer, but this Winterreise is his only recording of song for the label and it has not been consistently available: it can legitimately be described as a collector’s item.

It is also one of his last recordings, made in Paris in 1983 – just four years before he retired from the stage. In it, he relives the 24 songs in Schubert’s harrowing cycle with the almost hallucinatory intensity that characterised his performances in opera. He reveals the secrets of his interpretative powers on the companion disc; it contains a public interview given in 1998 at London’s Barbican Centre to broadcaster Jon Tolansky, who describes Vickers as “a titanic singer”. In the interview Vickers’ extraordinary personality becomes apparent: modest and humorous at one moment, exuding missionary zeal at another, sometimes rising to almost visionary heights.

Vickers was born in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1926 and came to international prominence when he sang at Covent Garden in London in 1957, notably taking the title role in Luchino Visconti’s famous production of Verdi’s Don Carlo. He went on to become one of the most important singers of his time and his repertoire also included such roles as Parsifal, Siegmund, Radamès, Canio, Don José (he stars opposite Grace Bumbry in a Warner Classics recording of Carmen), Enée, Samson (Saint-Saëns and Handel) and Peter Grimes. His strong Christian beliefs often influenced his choices, and he famously withdrew from singing Wagner’s Tannhäuser because he considered the role immoral.

The organ-like amplitude of his bronze-toned voice was impressive, but it was also capable of exceptional delicacy, and his interpretations are extraordinary for their power, intensity and insight. As he told Jon Tolansky in an interview published in Opera magazine: “I felt as my responsibility to the composer, librettist and, very importantly, the audience, that I must completely put myself in the situation of the character and try to analyse what that character is experiencing and feeling at every given moment that I am singing that part – and of course it constantly varied with the different characters and situations. That was always the starting point. You have to surrender your own emotions to the emotions of the character you are portraying.”

Winterreise gives Vickers the opportunity to explore the psychology of a man in crisis as Wilhelm Müller’s poems take the song cycle’s lovelorn hero on a sombre winter journey. It is not an interpretation to be directly compared with versions by such lieder specialists as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Ian Bostridge, but it is the work of a towering and compelling artist: Vickers was a singer of deep convictions who functioned on an epic scale.

Warner Classics - 2564603157

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Schubert: Winterreise

Schubert: Winterreise

arranged for piano trio by Daniel Behle


Schubert:

Winterreise D911

Oliver Schnyder (piano)

Winterreise D911

version with piano trio, arr. Daniel Behle

Oliver Schnyder Trio


Daniel Behle (tenor)

Sony - 88875059822

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Schubert Lieder Volume 9: Winterreise

Schubert Lieder Volume 9: Winterreise


Schubert:

Winterreise D911


This 'Winterreise' is the long-awaited conclusion to Matthias Goerne’s Schubert Edition, which began in 2008, for harmonia mundi. Here everything is tenser, more urgent, more harrowing. This winter landscape expects no spring to come; nor will the Hurdy-Gurdy Man give any answer. In the intimate atmosphere offered by this recording, still more than in concert, the path to oblivion finds its echo in our innermost selves.

“[Eschenbach] accompanies this Winterreise with marvellous flexibility, musicality and skill...Both Goerne and Eschenbach produce wonderfully subtle performances...Goerne is such an intelligent singer...This performance takes the listener into the cold landscape…Goerne and Eschenbach sing and play as one.” International Record Review, December 2014

“For the first 19 of the 24 songs they steer a moderate course...But for the last four songs they take expression to extremes, with devastating effect...There are so many ways of interpreting this, Schubert's greatest work, that it would be silly to say this was the most impressive...but this one, wonderfully recorded and always beautiful despite its violence, is among the great accounts.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 *****

“it feels to me like this ought to find a place amongst the great recordings, a chilling, hypnotically compelling performance from a wonderful partnership.” Andrew McGregor, CD Review, 6th December 2014

“Goerne certainly knows his Schubert and now has to be considered one of the best modern interpreters of this music, something of an authority … Overall this is an outstanding issue and a fine conclusion to the series, quite an undertaking, and something that might serve as one’s only collection of Schubert lieder—it’s that good.” Audiophile Audition, 17th December 2014

Harmonia Mundi Matthias Goerne Schubert Edition - HMC902107

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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911


Gerald Finley (baritone) & Julius Drake (piano)

The Gramophone-award winning partnership of Gerald Finley and Julius Drake turns to perhaps the most celebrated song-cycle of them all. Schubert’s Winterreise is a masterpiece of despair, astonishing in its bleakness and enthrallingly mesmerizing as the journey continues. Finley brings all his considerable dramatic powers to his performance—and all but submerges them under the ice.

Richard Wigmore writes that ‘before Winterreise Schubert had composed individual songs of pathos and despair, even of apocalyptic terror. What was new about the cycle was the spareness and angularity of much of the writing, the work’s sustained godless pessimism and its obsessive exploration of a mind veering between delusion, ironic self-awareness and nihilistic despair. The water music, limpid, turbulent or benedictory, of Schubert’s earlier Müller cycle, Die schöne Müllerin, yields in Winterreise to musical emblems of trudging and stumbling, bareness and exhaustion, derangement and frozen, trancelike stillness’.

“one of the finest [Winterreises] I have ever heard. The merits of Finley's singing are well known. The beauty of his voice is a good place to start, and even referring to such matters as intonation and line seems impertinent when dealing with singing such as this.” International Record Review, March 2014

“Finley's [reading] is inward, poised, heartbreaking in holding back. The more quietude he brings to each song...the more potent his reading. Julius Drake, accompanying, is equally lyrical, fluent, expressive. Neither lets the music shout...The disc lends itself to repeated exploration” The Observer, 16th March 2014 ****

“Finley can exercise his lyrical powers in such songs as 'Der Lindenbaum'...but it is not a lyrical talent alone: more to the point, it is the spectrum of tonal colouring, inflection and instinctive phrasing which lend this performance of Winterreise such an absorbing sense of inner communion with the soul.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2014

“Perhaps more than any other recording the singer and the pianist are in equilibrium...if often sounds as if Julius Drake has just had an idea - and they are all good ones - and Gerald Finley picks up on it; or vice versa...This, to my mind the greatest of all bleak works of art, here receives its perfect rendering.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2014 *****

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Editor's Choice - April 2014

Hyperion - CDA68034

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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911


Following the success of Jonas Kaufmann’s debut album on Sony Classical, The Verdi Album, Sony Classical are pleased to release its first recital disc with the world’s top tenor. Along with Franz Schubert’s earlier song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin, Winterreise is generally considered the composer’s greatest contribution to the Lied repertoire. The Winterreise song cycle (Winter Journey) is set to 24 poems by the poet Wilhelm Müller and was completed by Schubert a year before his death in 1827. After over 20 years of working together and countless performances of Winterreise, Jonas Kaufmann and his piano-partner Helmut Deutsch finally commit the Olympus of the Lied repertoire to disc. What started as a teacher-student relationship at the Münchner Hochschule für Musik und Theater has long since developed into a close professional partnership. Helmut Deutsch is recognised as one of the world's foremost Lieder pianists.

Jonas Kaufmann says about the work: “Against the background of all the horror stories that bombard us today, we are undoubtedly rather more hardened than Schubert’s contemporaries and yet even today’s listeners can still find this cycle affecting. Even as interpreters we always find ourselves sucked into the emotional undertow of these songs, although we know perfectly well what to expect. I think that Winterreise has the same sort of cathartic effect as a Greek drama: the emotional experience purges the soul. The work has an almost meditative effect on me, because Schubert expressed these emotional depths with a clarity and a simplicity that I ultimately find consoling and that allows me to regain my own inner balance.”

Following worldwide success in the Italian as well as in the German and French repertoire, today Jonas Kaufmann is regarded as the ‘king of tenors’. The Munich-born singer is, without a doubt, in the absolute top echelon of the operatic world – he is in extreme demand with the world’s most influential conductors and opera houses, selling out opera houses and concert venues months in advance, wherever he performs.

In addition to singing at the world’s leading opera houses (the Met, Scala, Vienna State Opera, Opéra de Paris, Royal Opera House London etc.), he also performs at the Salzburg Festival each year and reaches an audience of millions with broadcasts of opera in cinemas and on television.

In 2011 he received the Opera News Award in New York and was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. Specialist journals such as Opernwelt, Diapason and Musical America, as well as the jury of the German ECHO Klassik, voted Kaufmann “Singer of the Year”. He received this honour in April at the first International Opera Awards in London and was at the same time the winner of the Readers’ Award. Kaufmann is also an internationally sought-after concert and lieder singer. His constant accompanist on the piano is Helmut Deutsch, with whom he has worked since they studied together in Munich. Among their countless lieder evenings, 30 October 2011 was a special date in musical history: it was the first solo recital to be given in the Metropolitan Opera since Luciano Pavarotti in 1994.

Austrian born pianist Helmut Deutsch taught at the Musikhochschule Wien between 1967 and 1979, before holding the position of Professor of Lied Song at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München between 1986 & 2011. He regularly is invited to guest professor at various Universities. He is one of the leading authorities on Lied, and has won many prizes for his numerous recordings accompanying the world's top singers.

“the German tenor’s stage experience shows in his vivid emotions and searing fortissimos. Lieder skills come through even more strongly. Words are clearly enunciated. Dynamics are carefully graded, along with the arc of each song. There’s also his close rapport with the responsive Deutsch...Flexibility and textual clarity are the two assets that put this Winterreise in the top class.” The Times, 21st February 2014

“Even shelves heaving with Winter’s Journeys should find space for Kaufmann’s...Few tenor versions of this great cycle are sung with such depth of tone, so wide a spectrum of colours or such a poetic a response to Müller’s texts. In Deutsch, Kaufmann has an ideal travelling companion.” Sunday Times, 23rd February 2014

“Kaufmann has come to this music at the right time...Each of these 24 songs is stamped with integrity and seriousness of purpose...The most striking qualities are its artless simplicity, its vocal poise and sheer musicality, drawing maximum purchase on the dark beauty of Kaufmann’s timbre.” Financial Times, 22nd February 2014 *****

“There are plentiful examples of [Kaufmann's] artistry in his Winterreise, especially of his perfectly judged pianissimo singing and apparently infinite range of shading, while pianist Helmut Deutsch provides tactful support. But it's still all just a bit too theatrical” The Guardian, 28th February 2014 ***

“Recordings of this cycle by dramatic tenors are few and far between, and the result is staggering - as if Don José or Otello had decided against homicide in favour of raging through the snow!” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 17th February 2014

“febrile, emphatic, close to melodrama.” The Observer, 16th March 2014 ****

“For sheer vocal splendour, Jonas Kaufmann is unrivalled in Winterreise since Jon Vickers...[his] combination of vocal beauty and verbal sensitivity (his diction always a model), and the fastidiously textured and coloured playing of Helmut Deutsch, make this new recording an important addition to the vast Winterreise discography.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2014

“Every nuance of the text is reflected and enacted – so much so that some listeners may find the approach too ‘operatic’. Yet the vividness of the journey...is utterly convincing. A superb partnership, with recorded sound to match.” Classical Music *****

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Editor's Choice - May 2014

Sony - 88883795652

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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911


Fischer-Dieskau’s affinity with Schubert is well known and the baritone is featured here in one of the composer’s most famous song cycles.

Following on from Regis’s resurrection of his early account of Die Schone Mullerin which received a Gramophone Editor’s Choice Award, the interpretation captured here is similarly the first he committed to disc (1955) displaying a beautifully youthful and radiant tone. He is accompanied by the incomparable Gerald Moore. Super budget price.

Regis - RRC1400

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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911


Thomas Hampson (baritone) & Wolfgang Sawallisch (piano)

“Hampson’s reading is immaculately sung in smooth, warm tones, refined phrasing and naturally moulded diction.” Gramophone Magazine

EMI Masters - 6783092

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