Schubert.Metamorphosen (Improvisations on Winterreise) | Gramola 99125

Schubert.Metamorphosen (Improvisations on Winterreise)


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Label: Gramola

Cat No: 99125

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 12th May 2017



Winterreise 'without words' - is that even permissible?! What I Dioscuri, consisting of saxophonist Edgar Unterkirchner and organist and pianist Wolfgang Horvath create during their improvisations and free-form interludes is difficult to put into words. Through a focus on the pure melodies new worlds arise; the duo take inspiration from the musical scenery, and discover entirely new, individual stories, mostly inspired by extra-musical images, motives, themes or texts. Schubert.Metamorphosen takes the listener into an unknown Schubert realm, bridging the boundaries of classical and jazz music. The unique musical connection that the musicians have is the foundation for an astoundingly intense interpretation of Schubert's Winterreise without words rarely experienced before.

Since 2007 the I Dioscuri duo, consisting of saxophonist Edgar Unterkirchner and organist and pianist Wolfgang Horvath, has worked on the unusual project of realising lieder by Franz Schubert for saxophone and piano – connected by improvised bridge passages.

After nearly ten years of tirelessly searching for the ideal sound, tenacious experimenting with various types of saxophones, reeds and mouthpieces in all kinds of rooms, and numerous trips to the instrument maker Roberto Buttus in Italy, who constructed the “Sequoia” saxophone entirely according to Edgar Unterkirchner’s ideas of sound, intonation and ergonomics, the time has come at long last.

Their great Schubert dream is coming true, and has been gaining in popularity – and not just among experts – since its 2014 premiere at the Lisztzentrum in Raiding, Austria.

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