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Schubert: Winterreise

12 Jun. 2000 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1965
  • Release Date: 12 Jun. 2000
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2000 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:13:01
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  • ASIN: B001N5C98C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,100 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bezza on 3 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I was interested to read the "organ grinding" review. Strange comments, because I found Britten's playing a revelation, in spite of some - to my ears - odd choices of tempo. But there is terrific use of rubato and a rhythmic freedom and attention to detail that is frustratingly absent from so many recordings of this work. I also found that Britten offered insights into certain passages and even whole songs that were wholly new to me.

Not all of this recording convinced me, but I wouldn't expect it to. Fischer-Dieskau observed that even the greatest artists will never get much beyond halfway to the heart of this great work, and that compromises are an inevitability. Pears has his critics, and his voice is not to every taste. But his musicianship and integrity - in the best sense of that difficult word - make this recording refreshing, emotionally charged and intellectually rewarding. Being on very familiar terms with a dozen or so 'rival recordings', from Martti Talvela's to Christoph Pregardien's, there are, for me, moments in the Pears/Britten recording that top them all for musical insight and artistic revelation.

I found Britten's playing inspirational, and Pears' thoughtful and penetrating interpretation of the texts more than compensates for any perceived weaknesses in the voice, English pronunciation notwithstanding. After all, Tebaldi had demonstrably the finer voice than Callas, but as an interpretative artist was not in the same room. Bostridge has a prettier and more recordable voice than Pears, but I doubt he will or could ever approach the level of Pears' artistry in this repertoire. Pears really does deserve more credit than is sometimes his lot.

So this would probably not be the ideal sole recording of Winterreise in a collection; but it deserves to be in the hands (and heads) of anyone with more than a passing interest in the German Lied.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By martin jones on 19 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you are new to lieder then I don't think you should start here. Let's face it: Winterreise is not exactly a barrel of laughs. And whilst Schubert is much more than a carefree songbird churning out one pretty tune after another there is that side to him. There are not many cheerful ditties here, though, that you can whistle gaily as you go about your daily routine. You will not get a balanced view of Schubert from Winterreise alone.

This cycle of 24 poems charts the descent into madness of an abandoned lover, set against the backdrop of a frozen landscape. There are few moments of relief and even when they occur all hope is quickly dashed. And yet....if you are into lieder then Winterreise is an absolute essential.

It is not necessary to say much about the performance except that it could not be bettered. These poems express the thoughts and musings of a young man, and although there are fine recordings by baritones and bass singers the songs were originally written for the tenor voice and to me this sounds right. Pears was in his mid-50s when the recordings were made but his very English voice does not sound too old for the part. And Britten's sensitive piano playing complements the voice in every way. The liner notes refer to one composer (Schubert) being interpreted by another (Britten). Having read other reviews of this recording I think this is a coded way of saying that Britten is, at times, rather free in his interpretation of Schubert's markings. Whilst I am a firm believer in the doctrine that "the composer knows best" I have to say that having heard a few other recordings and one live performance of Winterreise I am not aware of Britten doing any great violence to the score.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. K. Parsons on 13 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
Having recorded a tape of the BBC broadcast of the Pears/Britten performance of this work back in 1964, which I regard as the ultimate performance and recording in my large collection of tapes, I was eager to have a more permanent (and a second) recording of this performance. On my tape the balance between voice and piano is always perfect and the consummate artistry of each performer shines through. On the CD this balance has been changed and the piano is now too intrusive and the voice seems more forced so that I am left wondering whether it is the same performance. Had I not heard my tape I would probably accept the CD version as very good but alas it has no comparison with my tape.

Keith Parsons
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD after referring to a very well respected classical music review magazine, which pointed out that the Britten-Pears recording is in effect a first attempt at the work. Britten and Pears interpretted it without the baggage (or the benefit) of hearing anyone else's interpretations on recorded media.
It IS highly distinctive and might not my be choice if I was going to select a recording for a friend, but it is a fantastic musical experience and shows what can be achieved with the sparse resources of a piano and a voice.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I find this recording a most profound musical and emotional experience. There is a feeling of unity between the performers and Schubert which I haven't found in other versions. I think it helps that neither performer is very young - Pears wisely did not attempt to sing Winterreise until he was fifty.
Britten's piano playing has his own unique subtleties, and with Pears you have the feeling of deep knowledge and experience behind every note. His treatment of the words is, as in everything he did, beyond praise. If Pavarotti is your idea of a tenor, you will not be able to appreciate this recording. If you want to hear the music, however, this is the one to buy.
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