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Schubert: Winterreise / Christopher Maltman, baritone; Graham Johnson, piano

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89
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Notes & Reviews:

Recorded over a series of live dates, Maltman has collaborated with one of the world's foremost authorities on the lieder repertoire, accompanist Graham Johnson. Maltman's teaming with Johnson is a triumphant partnership with Maltman giving the accolade that he is the "definitive accompanist who leaves no stone unturned".

"This is a live recording made in the Wigmore Hall in February 2010, remarkable for its robustness, force and energy. Maltman is the most virile, bitterly impassioned and angry of wanderers, whose determination is evident from the first bars of Gute Nacht to the final black desolation of Der Leiermann." -The Daily Telegraph

"Maltman is a likeable singer, with an easy, communicative manner, excellent diction — even when his German is less than idiomatic — and scrupulously musical instincts." -The Sunday Times

"Maltman gives a bleak, steadily paced account of Winterreise which is at once weighty and intense. This suits his dark-hued voice compared to other excellent but more febrile accounts...The thundering anguish of "Rückblick", the ghostly whispers of "Irrlicht" and the schizophrenic light-dark dreams of spring in "Frühlingstraum" mix depression, frustration and tenderness. This is true soul-singing." -The Observer

"He gives a hard-hitting performance, and, as one might expect, it's exceptionally well characterised...Maltman roots his interpretation in the psychological specifics...Some of it is less than beautiful – as it should be...Graham Johnson is wonderful in this work. He follows every emotional utterance, beautifully illuminating Schubert's alignment of the winter landscape with the shifts and instabilities of the protagonist's psyche." -The Guardian

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (02/11/2010).


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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Christopher Maltman (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 73 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1827
  • Studio/Live: Live