The poignant and powerful Winterreise, a haunting depiction of unrequited love, is arguably the greatest of all song-cycles and Schubert’s masterpiece. Melba is pleased to release the first SACD recording of this summit of the singer’s art with acclaimed tenor STEVE DAVISLIM and pianist ANTHONY ROMANIUK.
This studio recording was made after an extremely well received performance given by Davislim and Romaniuk at Melba Hall in Melbourne in October 2007.
Melbourne-born Davislim, one-time pupil of Dame Joan Hammond, has an illustrious international career singing in concert and opera, including roles with La Scala, the German State-Opera Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, The Royal Opera, Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Volksoper in Vienna, Helsinki Opera, Paris Châtelet, Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Schleswig Holstein Festival. Conductors with whom he has sung include John Eliot Gardiner, Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Christian Thielemann, Simone Young & Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Steve Davislim’s other recordings for Melba include Seduction: Songs by Richard Strauss (MR301108) and the world-première of Saint-Saëns’ Hélène and Nuit persane (MR301114-2)
ANTHONY ROMANIUK is gaining considerable attention as a pianist in both the classical and jazz fields. Winterreise is Romaniuk’s second recording for Melba following the Ravel album, Tzigane (MR301115)
Digipak with picture disc and extensive colour booklet, song texts and translations