Winterreise - Franz Schubert

EPRC 016 JAN VAN ELSACKER, TENOR TOM BEGHIN, FORTEPIANO ON A CYCLE OF POEMS BY WILHELM MÜLLER (1794 – 1827)

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Schubert’s Winterreise may be the most recorded cycle in the lied catalogue, but historically informed interpretations are continue to be rare. The present CD demonstrates why it pays off to have a background in baroque singing and historical keyboard performance. The confrontation of Jan van Elsacker’s restrained sense of drama and story-telling, and the colour and intimacy of Tom Beghin’s pianoforte (Haffner, ca. 1830) spawns an unusual elaborate miniature painting in which the protagonist’s wintry journey slowly transcends into a metaphysical exploration of leaving, loneliness, longing, and eventually loss. This Winterreise may be low on surface circus, but it is relentlessly intense and unbearably tragic to its core.

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