Notes & Reviews:
Winterreise (Winter Journey) was composed within two years of Schubert’s death, in 1827. It is often praised as the greatest of all song cycles, and with good reason. In this work Schubert pushed the boundaries of the melodic and harmonic language that prevailed in his day to the point where early performances met with consternation on the part of the listeners. Acclaimed as one of Canada’s finest concert and oratorio singers, bass-baritone Daniel Lichti is also no stranger to the operatic stage. Leslie De'Ath is a Canadian pianist, conductor, author, chamber player, vocal coach and accompanist. The fortepiano used in this recording was built by Johann Baptist Streicher in 1851, in Schubert's native Vienna. Although it stems from a generation after the composer’s death, it is typical of the last decades of straight-strung, wood-framed fortepianos upon which Winterreise would have received many performances in the mid-to-late nineteenth century.
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Works DetailsSchubert, Franz : Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89
- Performers: Leslie De'Ath (Fortepiano); Daniel Lichti (Bass Baritone)
- Notes: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University (ON) (08/10/2005/08/11/2005)
- Running Time: 68 min. 34 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Vocal
- Written: 1827