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  • Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes, Ian Bostridge
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (September 7, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B0002I8UGG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Bostridge-Andsnes team has emerged as one of the top lieder recital duos on disc, and their devoted fans will want their controversial interpretation of Schubert's greatest song cycle. The controversy lies in what many will feel is Bostridge's excessive emphasis on textual explorations. For his admirers, this is his great strength, and here he sings Schubert's grim cycle with a dramatic intensity that portrays the desperation of the young protagonist. This is indeed a frozen winter's journey, presented with an admirable sense of drama and intimacy. But some will find it difficult to make the trip, considering Bostridge's staccato dramatics more an acting than a singing performance. In several songs, including "Auf dem Flusse" and "Rückblick," he ventures perilously close to the edge of what many listeners will accept. The singer contributes a booklet note that explains his interpretive stance and his textual changes. Andsnes, on his part, contributes some stunning pianism that's worth hearing. A fascinating journey then, if too individual a trip for many lieder fans to take. --Dan Davis

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Justin Windschitl on September 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This cd is simply stunning. I've been a tremendous fan of Ian Bostridge for many years, and have anticipated the release of his signature work - Die Winterreise - for a LONG time. Upon learning of the US release date, I did some searching and found the cd was released a month early in Europe. I immediately ordered it from amazon.uk (England), paid the extra shipping, and tried as patiently as possible to await the arrival of the cd. The cd is more than worth the wait and added cost.

Now, onto the technical aspects of the music. Bostridge has an amazingly clear and ringing sound through the entire range. Die Winterreise is a vocal nightmare, falling trecherously between baritone and tenor voices, and comfortable for neither. Bostridge - a confessed tenor - really showcases his large range here, singing notes low in the bass clef staff with as much quality, volume, and clarity as those in his preferred register. I've been listening to some of his earlier recordings (notably Britten's Serenade) and Die Winterreise exhibits even more core and maturity in his sound. Some have criticized his voice quality as too light, and possibly unable to attain a robust sound. This cd captures that very quality at proper moments and should cause such critics to re-think their stances. Bostridge's technique is incredible - every nuance is felt with amazing control and clear direction. His attention to dynamic contrast is stunning - especially in "Der Lindenbaum" - and present throughout. The dark tale of longing told in Die Winterreise is furthered by an intense and emotional performance. Every time I listen to this recording - (which is very frequently since I have a copy in my car, home, and work) - I notice yet another clever detail Bostridge incorporated into his performance.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Anna Dewey on July 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of Ian Bostridge for many years, and have always been most enamored of his numerous recordings of Schubert lieder. Needless to say, I was thrilled to pick up a copy of his recording of Winterreise. Before I bought this disc I was already in posession of two other recordings of this cycle (Hampson and Goerne, respectively). It was impossible for me to not compare Bostridge's attempt with that of Goerne and Hampson. While I've enjoyed both the aforementioned recordings equally, I found the Bostridge considerably less palatable. This is not to say that the entire recording was a disaster; a song cycle as immense as Die Winterreise often becomes a collection of small triumphs and small failures.

To me the Andsnes/Bostridge version is just a bit too uneven to garner a full five stars. It pains me to say that most of the gaps in quality come from Bostridge rather than Andsnes. There are occasions in the cycle in which Bostridge affects a style of singing that is far too mannered to be effective. Die Post is perhaps the biggest sore thumb in the cycle. The whole song comes off as plodding and labored, with Bostridge's vocal swells often resulting in compromised pitch accuracy. Bostridge's thick voiced interpretation of the song must have rubbed off on Andsnes whose ordinarily crisp, effervescent style sounds chunky and rhythmically imprecise. A minor distraction throughout the entire work is Bostridge's tendency to spit out his German, making one think that some of the more consonant rich songs may have required a toweling off of the mic after they were recorded.Der Leiermann is a rather perplexing interpretation of a stark song with stark imagery.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ed Uyeshima HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
There appears to be a bumper crop of recordings of Schubert's valedictory song cycle, "Winterreise", what with baritone Matthias Goerne's release of the same material earlier this year. While bass-baritones are most known to tackle this program, this luckily doesn't prohibit a superb tenor like Ian Bostridge from conquering it, and he does so with a surprising edginess. I only know Bostridge from his rather callow presence on some recordings of late, such as Emmanuelle Haïm's stunning interpretation of Henry Purcell's opera "Dido and Aeneas" and a lovely though sometimes jarring version of Benjamin Britten's "The Canticles". This disc is nothing sort of a revelation. "Winterreise" is actually 24 inter-linked songs, which follow a Samuel Beckett-like wanderer as he tramps through the snowy countryside, his heart breaking from some recent romantic blowup. Darkly beautiful and unmistakably Schubert with its rolling piano interludes, this recording emerges as a heavily dramatic ghost story which makes death seem so insidious that it becomes irresistibly seductive.

Bostridge is thankfully not a showy singer, and with its even blend of dark and light hues, his mellifluous voice has the color and flexibility to make his singing sound as natural as conversation. He is particularly adept at communicating stark changes of mood, for instance, at the change from minor to major in "Gute Nacht" or the lightning-quick transition from the dream-like opening of "Frühlingstraum" to the desperate tone of the second verse. When need be, his voice soars with bitter anger and scales back to a fierce whisper as it does in "Erstarrung". Norwegian pianist Leif Andsnes proves to be up to the challenge of the program by melding the varying moods perfectly with Bostridge's vocals.
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