Roderick Williams and his accompanist Iain Burnside have accomplished a distinctive Winterreise that stands out from the dozens or hundreds of others on the marketplace. The label's always superb engineering here reaches the level of ideal.
The Russian soprano’s lovely voice soars above the staff with ease She is perfectly partnered by pianist Alexander Karpeyev, a Medtner specialist who would be the ideal artist to create an album of piano music by the prolific Medtner.
Grainger emerges as far more than pretty, cosy or genteel; more a case of romantic, folksy, dangerous, exultant, tumultuous and, yes, sentimental. Glorious. It’s difficult to imagine any competition for this uniquely cornucopiac edition.
At moments on this disc, a seasoned sort of beauty takes hold of our ears, wherein a keyboard’s conjuring casts an airy, aural spell. In the battle of dark and light, Lortie’s own brand of luminescence wins out every time.