Schubert - Winterreise | Atma Classique ACD22536

Schubert - Winterreise


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Label: Atma Classique

Cat No: ACD22536

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 24th February 2014



Jan Kobow (tenor)
Christoph Hammer (piano)


Schubert, Franz

Winterreise, op.89, D911


Jan Kobow (tenor)
Christoph Hammer (piano)


German tenor Jan Kobow has chosen to sing Schubert’s Winterreise cycle in the keys the composer originally selected. These original keys possess particular charms that help capture the musical atmosphere of the time.

Jan Kobow is accompanied by Christoph Hammer, who plays on a Viennese grand piano manufactured around 1810 by Joseph Brodmann. This is Kobow’s third recording of Schubert lieder for Atma.

The valuable Brodmann piano was meticulously restored in Hamburg by Ulrich Weymar 200 years later. Jan Kobow says, “it has a clear and brilliant tone which is somewhat contrary to the darker keys we are used to when hearing Winterreise. But this is compensated for by its quite lower pitch of 420 Hertz.” The performers decided on tuning the Brodmann piano in the old way - known as 'unevenly hovering' - which makes this historical instrument sound better than when it is tuned according to current practises.

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