Schubert: Winterreise

Schubert: Winterreise

by Benjamin Britten

CD(German Import)

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Schubert: Winterreise

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/18/2000
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028946638224
catalogNumber: 466382
Rank: 260847


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

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