Notes & Reviews:
Florian Boesch's debut disc on Onyx was the highly acclaimed Schumann Heine Lieder. For this release he again teams up with Malcolm Martineau for the journey through the bleak and wintry landscape of Schubert's Winterreise. Composed in 1827, work on the settings of Wilhelm Müller made Schubert agitated and disturbed according to friends. Indeed the songs shocked his friends when first heard - so powerful is the emotional content of the music that it still has the ability to shock and move the listener. The journey starts with 'Goodnight', as our traveler walks away from us into the moonlit snowy landscape. At the end of the cycle, 'The Signpost,' he takes the path to his death.
"All the more powerful for being so admirably reined-in. Boesch's methodology has often been described as expressionist, though in this instance he's less overtly declamatory than you might expect...The hallucinatory quality of his interpretation is matched by a corresponding vividness in Martineau's playing...It makes for very difficult listening, but is unquestionably superb." -The Guardian
All the more powerful for being so admirably reined-in. Boesch's methodology has often been described as expressionist, though in this instance he's less overtly declamatory than you might expect...The hallucinatory quality of his interpretation is matched by a corresponding vividness in Martineau's playing...It makes for very difficult listening, but is unquestionably superb.
BBC Music Magazine, January 2012
Perhaps the distinguishing feature of this version is the accompaniment of Malcolm Martineau, who contrives to bring some new insight to every single song, without ever sounding mannered...Florian Boesch, the possessor of a fine but not especially distinctive voice, takes his cue from him...and the collaboration is complete...The whole cycle moves into silence in a way that I have not heard before.
International Record Review, January 2012
Boesch's baritone, rich, most of the time quiet or very quiet, and always in tune, has, here and throughout this performance, a brooding thoughtfulness, as if he were discovering for himself and for the first time the depths of desolation....Boesch's and Martineau's is a coherent and agonising narrative, giving the listener the sense of a real, cold, protracted journey for heartbroken resolve to a desolate longing.
Gramophone Magazine, March 2012
This new version by Florian Boesch and Malcolm Martineau is inspired and quite unforgettable. It has total spontaneity, a superbly balanced, totally natural recording, with the pianist making a perfect partnership with the singer...What is remarkable in a performance of this calibre is that the sadness which permeates all these songs....is always affecting.I cannot recommend this CD too highly.
Sunday Times, 19th February 2012
And vivid account by the Austrian Florian Boesch. It is very much a joint achievement. Malcolm Martineau is an absolutely equal partner, a sorrowing, desolate, angry participant at every moment in the cycle...an exceptionally free, imaginative and dramatic interpretation.
MusicWeb International, June 2012
An impressive traversal of Schubert's winter journey. Florian Boesch's singing is consistently involving and interesting and the support he receives from Malcolm Martineau is first class. Boesch enters fully into every song and it's clear that he's delving below the surface of the music. This is a fine addition to the discography of this engrossing song cycle.
Recording information: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/27/2011-01/31/2011).
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Works DetailsSchubert, Franz : Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89
- Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Florian Boesch (Baritone)
- Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (01/27/2011-01/31/2011)
- Running Time: 71 min. 50 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Vocal
- Written: 1827