Schubert - Winterreise | Northern Flowers NFPMA9919

Schubert - Winterreise


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Label: Northern Flowers

Cat No: NFPMA9919

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral



Zeger Vandersteene (tenor)
Levente Kende (piano)


Schubert, Franz

Winterreise, op.89, D911


Zeger Vandersteene (tenor)
Levente Kende (piano)


In February 1827, in the library of one of his numerous friends, Schubert came across 12 poems by Müller out of his “Winterreise” cycle. The composer was fascinated with them, and immediately set them to music. The poems were written by the author of the lyrics of his Die schöne Müllerin, and again depicted wanderings, sufferings, hopes, and disappointments of a lonely romantic soul. In the summer of the same year, the composer saw the poems of Müller again, this time in their complete edition published in Volume 2 of “Poems From Papers Left by a Traveling French Horn Player” (Gedichte aus den hinterlassenen Papieren eines reisenden Waldhornisten), and composed another twelve superb songs as the second part of Winterreise.

The narrator of Winterreise is wandering through snowstorms and snow heaps, seeing bare trees and frozen rivers. His journey is bleak, cheerless, and aimless – just further away from home, from the memories of happy days spent there once. The traveler is tired, and nothing in the world can cheer him up any more. He is lonely and unhappy, with no one around but the dead wintry landscape echoing with howls of wind and creaks of trees.

Today, 170 years after, this song masterpiece of Schubert has not lost its freshness and is still loved by all who value the German Romantic musical tradition and poetry. The performing archive of the Schubert-Müller cycle now comprises hundreds and thousand of interpretations and recordings. The Northern Flowers are happy to offer their contribution, a deep, refined, and inspired one, now available also to music lovers in Russia.

Recorded in Belgium in 1987

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