Schubert: Winterreise

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
From Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau to Matthias Goerne, German baritones have recorded fine versions of Schubert's eternally heartbreaking Winterreise. But the English tenor Peter Pears's 1963 recording offers a compelling alternative, easily equaling his Teutonic brethren in pathos, intensity, and psychological insight. Almost uncanny in its idiosyncrasies, Pears's voice treads the line between beauty and something more otherworldly and rare -- this is true in everything he recorded, but it adds a special dimension to Schubert's masterpiece. Oscillating from a whispered hush to a manic outburst in "Auf dem Flusse," rising almost to a falsetto in "Rast," or giving in to ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
From Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau to Matthias Goerne, German baritones have recorded fine versions of Schubert's eternally heartbreaking Winterreise. But the English tenor Peter Pears's 1963 recording offers a compelling alternative, easily equaling his Teutonic brethren in pathos, intensity, and psychological insight. Almost uncanny in its idiosyncrasies, Pears's voice treads the line between beauty and something more otherworldly and rare -- this is true in everything he recorded, but it adds a special dimension to Schubert's masterpiece. Oscillating from a whispered hush to a manic outburst in "Auf dem Flusse," rising almost to a falsetto in "Rast," or giving in to frozen desolation in the final "Der Leiermann," Pears takes a harrowing journey through the winter of the soul. Making an equally priceless contribution at the piano is none other than Benjamin Britten. One of the 20th century's great composers for the voice -- and especially for his partner Pears's voice, in many works -- Britten is an extraordinarily insightful and technically accomplished accompanist. His lucid and colorful playing is obviously the product of deep thought, at Pears's side, about the music. Newly remastered but as intimate in ambiance as ever, this recording is a remarkable meeting of musical minds across the centuries.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/2000
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028946638224
  • Catalog Number: 466382
  • Sales rank: 120,213

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gute Nacht ("Fremd bin ich eingezogen"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/1 (Op. 89/1) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (5:50)
  2. 2 Die Wetterfahne ("Der Wind spielt mit der Wetterfahne"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/2 (Op. 89/2) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (2:00)
  3. 3 Gefror'ne Thränen ("Gefror'ne Tropfen fallen"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/3 (Op. 89/3) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (2:14)
  4. 4 Erstarrung ("Ich such' im Schnee vergebens"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/4 (Op. 89/4) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (3:11)
  5. 5 Der Lindenbaum ("Am Brunnen vor dem Tore"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/5 (Op. 89/5) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (5:07)
  6. 6 Wasserflut ("Manche Thrän' aus meinen Augen"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/6 (Op. 89/6) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (3:49)
  7. 7 Auf dem Flusse ("Der du so lustig rauschtest"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/7 (Op. 89/7) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (3:33)
  8. 8 Rückblick ("Es brennt mir unter beiden Sohlen"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/8 (Op. 89/8) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (2:23)
  9. 9 Irrlicht ("In die tiefsten Felsengründe"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/9 (Op. 89/9) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (2:19)
  10. 10 Rast ("Nun merk' ich erst"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/10 (Op. 89/10) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (3:19)
  11. 11 Frühlingstraum ("Ich träumte von bunten Blumen"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/11 (Op. 89/11) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (4:38)
  12. 12 Einsamkeit ("Wie eine trübe Wolke"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/12 (Op. 89/12) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (2:54)
  13. 13 Die Post ("Von der Strasse her"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/13 (Op. 89/13) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (2:00)
  14. 14 Der greise Kopf ("Der Reif hat einen weissen Schein"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/14 (Op. 89/14) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (2:51)
  15. 15 Die Krähe ("Eine Krähe war mit mir"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/15 (Op. 89/15) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (2:19)
  16. 16 Letzte Hoffnung ("Hie und da ist an den Bäumen"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/16 (Op. 89/16) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (2:03)
  17. 17 Im Dorfe ("Es bellen die Hunde"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/17 (Op. 89/17) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (4:11)
  18. 18 Der stürmische Morgen ("Wie hat der Sturm zerrissen"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/18 (Op. 89/18) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (0:55)
  19. 19 Täuschung ("Ein Licht tanzt freundlich"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/19 (Op. 89/19) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (1:09)
  20. 20 Der Wegweiser ("Was vermeid' ich denn die Wege"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/20 (Op. 89/20) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (3:52)
  21. 21 Das Wirtshaus ("Auf einen Totenacher"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/21 (Op. 89/11) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (4:31)
  22. 22 Mut ("Fliegt der Schnee"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/22 (Op. 89/22) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (1:30)
  23. 23 Die Nebensonnen ("Drei Sonnen sah ich"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/23 (Op. 89/23) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (3:02)
  24. 24 Der Leiermann ("Drüben hinterm Dorfe..."), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/24 (Op. 89/24) - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Pears Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Die Winterreise D.911 (The Winter Journey),

    As far as I know, Schubert was the youngest composer ever. By his premature death at 31, the world lost potential masterpieces - forever. Poet Franz Grillparzer wrote him a commemoration inscribed at his tombstone that reads: "Here music has buried a treasure, but even fairer hopes." <BR/><BR/>Franz Shubert (b 1797, d 1828) was the father of Song Cycle (D 795) written by poet William Muller. Later - 1827 - one year before he died, Shubert composed Muller's Winterreise - Winter Journey - D 911 considered the peak of `'German Lieder. `'. <BR/><BR/>On his death bed - 1827 - Beethoven said of him "Schubert's intelligence is divine". Schubert outlived Beethoven by only one year. <BR/><BR/>In this recording we can listen to 24 tenor/piano works out of about 600 pieces written and composed within such very short life span. <BR/><BR/>This young composer is often referred to as the founder of the Lied. (I.e. Schubert is the founder of the German art songs of the nineteenth century for voice and piano). <BR/><BR/>When first spoke about `'Winter Journey'', he told his friends "I am going to sing a cycle of sinister lieder to you.....They have touched me more than others." His friends were surprised as he never disclosed his plans to anyone. <BR/><BR/>Nothing upset Schubert more than the death of `'the grand master Beethoven''. The young composer took part in Beethoven's funeral and carried one of the candles. A few months later, when he felt his hour was nearing, he asked to be buried at Beethoven's side. Beethoven's death caused a great grief to Schubert, heartbroken he couldn't compose again. (Perhaps until after six months) <BR/><BR/>"Winterreise" is therefore separated in two groups, one written before and the other after Beethoven's death. <BR/><BR/>Peter Pears (tenor) and Benjamin Britten (piano) have been exceedingly good at performing all 24 Lieder. <BR/><BR/>One has to be in quiet mood to accept the absence of the traditional melodious music. In these songs Death is ubiquitous from `Gute Nacht' to `Der Leiermann'' .... Why one should love life ....should we still love it once we know it will be lost ....Winter ... Snow ... Frozen rivers....slippery grounds ...the looks of the cemeteries at the end of the road. <BR/><BR/>My God !!! Only the living can appreciate the full meaning of this work.

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