Notes & Reviews:
Gramophone Classical Music Guide
On the verge of his fifth decade, the singer was in his absolute prime. Listening to his interpretation is like coming home to base after many interesting encounters away from the familiar. Indeed, it's possibly the finest of all in terms of beauty of tone and ease of technique - and how beautiful, how smooth and velvety was the baritone's voice at that time. This is the most interior, unadorned and undemonstrative of his readings, perhaps because Demus, a discerning musician and sure accompanist, is the most reflective of all the singer's many partners in the cycle. Demus never strikes out on his own, is always there unobtrusively and subtly supportive, with the right colour and phrasing, literally in hand.
Given an intimate, slightly dry recording, finely remastered, the whole effect is of a pair communing with each other and stating the sad, distraught message of Schubert's bleak work in terms of a personal message to the listener in the home. A deeply rewarding performance.
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Works DetailsSchubert, Franz : Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89
- Performers: Jörg Demus (Piano); Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
- Running Time: 67 min. 22 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Vocal
- Written: 1827