Notes & Reviews:
The Gramophone Award-winning partnership of Gerald Finley and Julius Drake turns to perhaps the most celebrated song-cycle of them all. Schubert's Winterreise is a masterpiece of despair, astonishing in its bleakness and enthrallingly mesmerizing as the journey continues. Finley brings all his considerable dramatic powers to his performance - and all but submerges them under the ice. Winterreise is the second of Schubert's two great song cycles on William Müller's poems, the earlier being Die schöne Müllerin. The work's tone echoes the composer's own mood, as it was written during a particularly melancholic period in Schubert's life.
International Record Review, March 2014
One of the finest [Winterreises] I have ever heard. The merits of Finley's singing are well known. The beauty of his voice is a good place to start, and even referring to such matters as intonation and line seems impertinent when dealing with singing such as this.
The Observer, 16th March 2014
Finley's [reading] is inward, poised, heartbreaking in holding back. The more quietude he brings to each song...the more potent his reading. Julius Drake, accompanying, is equally lyrical, fluent, expressive. Neither lets the music shout...The disc lends itself to repeated exploration.
Recording information: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/26/2013-02/28/2013).
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Works DetailsSchubert, Franz : Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89
- Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
- Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/26/2013-02/28/2013)
- Running Time: 70 min. 26 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Vocal
- Written: 1827