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Schubert: Die Winterreise / Werner Gura, Christoph Berner

Schubert / Gura / Berner
Release Date: 04/13/2010 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902066  
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Werner GüraChristoph Berner
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A supreme monument of the lied repertoire. Winterreise, composed in 1827, is the embodiment of Romanticism in music, the ultimate expression of 'Sehnsucht', that existential longing which haunts the creations of this artistic movement in all its forms. This 'winter journey' presented by Werner Güra and Christoph Berner is also a journey in time, using a Rönisch fortepiano.

"The world is not exactly bereft of excellent Die schöne Müllerin recordings. Yet there's always room for one as masterful and communicative as Werner Güra's splendid traversal of Schubert's beloved song cycle. The tenor imparts a specific character to each of the songs and manages to create variety and dramatic tension within
Read more their strophic parameters without a trace of affectation or self-consciousness. The rippling waters of Wohin?, for instance, ebb and flow in a refreshingly off-handed manner, and Güra's ringing impetuosity galvanizes quicker songs like Am Feierabend and Der Jäger. At the same time, his lilting sotto voce creates an otherworldly effect in Der Neugierige, Morgengruss, and Der Müller und der Bach." -- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com [reviewing Werner Güra's recording of Die schöne Müllerin]
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Works on This Recording

1. Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Werner Güra (Tenor), Christoph Berner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 

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