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Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker – Schubert’s “Winterreise” with Christian Elsner and Simon Rattle 2014 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Many composers, such as Berlioz, Liszt, Brahms and Britten, have composed orchestral versions of individual Schubert Lieder. The first to dare to arrange the entire cycle of Schubert’s crowning work Winterreise for chamber ensemble, however, was Hans Zender in the last years of the 20th century: “My ‘reading’ of the Winterreise,” the German composer and conductor wrote, “does not look for a new expressive interpretation, but rather systematically makes use of freedoms that all interpreters normally allow themselves intuitively: stretching or compressing the tempo, transposition to other keys, bringing out characteristic nuances of colour.”

In this arrangement, which delights even purists, the original vocal part remains to a large extent untouched, while the approach to the piano voice hovers between “orchestration” and “revised version” and turns out differently from one song to the next: while in “Lindenbaum”, for instance, Zender restricted himself to distributing the existing notes across the instruments he selected, other lieder are more beholden to Gustav Mahler’s fin-de-siècle inflection or Alban Berg’s Expressionism. By highlighting these and other lines of tradition, Zender’s Winterreise sets free moments that are inherent in Schubert’s music but remain hidden below the classical surface. In this extremely successful Late Night performance of the Winterreise under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, students of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy accompany the tenor soloist, Christian Elsner.

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Franz Schubert – Lieder – Christian Elsner, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski (2015) [DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz]

Franz Schubert – Lieder – Christian Elsner, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski (2015)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz  | Time – 01:02:55 minutes | 2,49 GB | Genre: Classical
Source: ISO SACD | © Channel Classics Records B.V. | Front Cover, Booklet
Recorded: Haus des Rundfunks, RBB, Berlin, Germany in September 2014

Given his magnificent achievement in the field of art song, and the vast volume and consistently high quality of his Lieder oeuvre, it is not surprising that Schubert’s songs have been recorded numerous times. It is not surprising either that many composers, such as Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten, Hector Berlioz, Max Reger and Anton Webern made arrangements of Schubert’s songs. What is surprising, however, is the fact that these arrangements —made by some of the greatest composers in musical history—are so seldom heard either in concert or on record.
With the release of this album, hopefully that situation will change. It combines 17 Schubert compositions, of which 13 were orchestrated by late-romantic German composer Reger Max, and four by a member of the Second Viennese School, Anton Webern. When listening to these songs, the listener will discover that these arrangements are made with such craftsmanship that they themselves became unparalleled works of art. The performers on this SACD are the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and German tenor Christian Elsner, conducted by Maestro Marek Janowski. The album’s accompanying booklet contains the lyrics to the songs both in German and English, as well as programme notes and artists’ biographies.

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