Schubert: Winterreise - Greco, Helyard (CD)

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David Greco, Erin Helyard

David Greco and Erin Helyard present the first Australian recording of Schubert's masterpiece on period instruments Schubert's Winterreise is one of the greatest song cycles ever written.

Completed shortly before his death at just 33, Schubert's masterpiece follows a young man spurned by his beloved who then wanders through a frozen landscape in ever-increasing states of existential angst, terror, and paranoia.

Recorded countless times before now, Erin Helyard and David Greco present a different Winterreise than any you have heard before. This is how the work might have sounded to Schubert, informed by scholarship around 19th century performance techniques, and the different vocal traditions and pianos that existed then.

But this is far from a dry, academic exercise. David and Erin strip away the stuffy, canonised aura of this famous work, presenting a Winterreise sung by a young man in the full fervour of love and an all-consuming passion. This is a Winterreise that captures every moment of Schubert's terror and mortality, a vital and utterly engrossing performance that takes you inside a work you've listened to many times before – but never truly heard.

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Winterreise (Winter Journey), D911

  1. Gute Nacht (Good Night)
  2. Die Wetterfahne (The Weather Vane)
  3. Gefror'ne Tränen (Frozen Tears)
  4. Erstarrung (Frozen)
  5. Der Lindenbaum (The Linden Tree)
  6. Wasserflut (Deluge)
  7. Auf dem Flusse (On the Stream)
  8. Rückblick (Backward Glance)
  9. Irrlicht (Will o' the Wisp)
  10. Rast (Rest)
  11. Frühlingstraum (A Dream about Spring)
  12. Einsamkeit (Loneliness)
  13. Die Post (The Post)
  14. Der greise Kopf (The Aged Head)
  15. Die Krähe (The Crow)
  16. Letzte Hoffnung (Last Hope)
  17. Im Dorfe (In the Village)
  18. Der stürmische Morgen (The Stormy Morning)
  19. Täuschung (Illusion)
  20. Der Wegweiser (The Signpost)
  21. Das Wirtshaus (The Inn)
  22. Mut! (Courage!)
  23. Die Nebensonnen (Mock Suns)
  24. Der Leiermann (The Organ-Grinder)