Notes & Reviews:
Classic FM Magazine
Harvey uses not just his vocal cords but also his gasping lungs, the tips of his teeth and the surface of his tongue to let us into Schubert's world. You're left with an impression not so much of Harvey's 'voice' as with an imprint of his emotional journey... I've encountered few performances in which the sound worlds of voice and piano appear so close.
His reading is extremely fine, because he bases it on the same principles he has learnt and practised as an exemplar of "historical performance".[He brings] evenness and purity of tone - no quasi-operatic expressionism here - and a precise but natural understanding of Schubert's musical syntax. The youthful freshness of experience described in these songs comes across powerfully
Harvey here joins the ranks of British singers communicating fresh ideas about Schubert's great song cycle. The performance bristles with musical intelligence, historical sensibility and linguistic expertise... The keyboard colour, without the usual "equal temperament" tuning, is light-toned and full of rapid contrasts - an ideal match for Harvey's voice.
BBC Music Magazine
It is a sober, intelligently thought through and beautifully sung Winterreise - with Harvey's baritone in its well-groomed prime... Gary Cooper's fortepiano is a prominent voice, close-recorded and conjuring compellingly so many details of sound and movement
The Independent on Sunday
Cooper plays on David Winston's copy of an 1823 Brodmann, with a tone that liquefies or brightens eerily, cimbalom-like in the twisting drone of "Der Leiermann". Harvey's singing is all on the text, biting or stroking the consonants, at times harsh, at times whispering, his high baritone cool and easy.
International Record Review
Harvey's intelligent sensitivity to the words of Mnller's poems makes this an unusually thoughtful Winterreise, as if the rejected lover were gradually realizing, as he plods across the winter landscape, the depths of his despair... Accompanying these icy songs, Cooper's fortepiano sounds chillingly bleak.
A performance which arouses sympathy from the start and never forfeits that rare and special kind of interest which is brought into play only with a sense of complete and urgent identification between the composition and its performers... Moreover (and this is important even in this realm of high art), Peter Harvey sings with the voice of humanity.
Recording information: St. Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berks (02/16/2009-02/18/2009).
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Works DetailsSchubert, Franz : Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89
- Performers: Gary Cooper (Piano); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone)
- Notes: St. Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berks (02/16/2009-02/18/2009)
- Running Time: 71 min. 8 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Vocal
- Written: 1827