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Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Winterreise D 911
Chamber version by Normand Forget
A cycle of 24 lieder on poems by Wilhelm Müller

Christophe Prégardien ténor | tenor
Joseph Petric accordéon | accordion
Pentaèdre wind quintet

ACD2 2546

Winterreise as you might never have imagined it, revealing aspects of the score you may never have heard.   In this recording, the colours inherent in Schubert's piano score grow naturally into the unique combination of Pentaedre's winds and Joseph Petric's accordion, and the expressiveness of Schubert's melodies provide a perfect vehicle for Christoph Prégardien's mature artistry.

Christoph Prégardien is one the world's foremost lyric tenors.   Best-known for his performances of Mozart, Bach and earlier composers, Prégardien has nonetheless a long relationship with Schubert's songs.   He brings the insights of a brilliant career in Early Music tenors to Schubert's great masterpiece.

The wind quintet Pentaèdre brings impeccable musicianship and a sense of theatricality to re-imaginings of great classics.   Their most recent ATMA Classique recording [ACD2 2545] presented Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte as a wordless opera for mimes.

Joseph Petric has made stretching perceptions of the accordion his life's work, not only with virtuoso performances of works borrowed from other instruments, but with a long list of commissions for new works from today's great composers.

Winterreise is an integrated cycle of 24 songs on poems by Wilhelm Müller, written only a year before Schubert's death at a very young age (and during the same year as the young poet Müller's death), and reflecting a huge emotional range.

This new version of the work, colouring the accompaniment with hues of the wood quintet and the accordion, all the while remaining faithful to the original text, unhitches it from its era and makes it nearly a work of today.   The old hurdy-gurdy player with his frozen fingers appears even more human and touching to us and the rushing of the stream, the whispering of the wind and the rustling of the linden ring even truer.

Recorded at the church of Saint-Augustin de Mirabel, Québec, in October 2007 by Johanne Goyette.

Danièle Bourget FLÛTE | FLUTE
Normand Forget HAUTBOIS | OBOE
Louis-Philippe Marsolais COR | HORN
Mathieu Lussier BASSON | BASSOON

  1. Gute Nacht     5:03
  2. Die Wetterfahne     1:41
  3. Gefror'ne Tränen     2:08      
  4. Erstarrung     2:54
  5. Der Lindenbaum     4:25
  6. Die Post     2:23
  7. Wasserflut     3:48
  8. Auf dem Flusse     3:52
  9. Rückblick     2:07
10. Der greise Kopf     2:36
11. Die Krähe     1:59
12. Letzte Hoffnung     2:14
13. Im Dorfe     3:05
14. Der stürmische Morgen     0:52
15. Täuschung     1:22
16. Der Wegweiser     3:57
17. Das Wirtshaus     4:52
18. Irrlicht     2:40
19. Rast     3:11
20. Die Nebensonnen     2:36
21. Frühlingstraum     4:08
22. Einsamkeit     2:35
23. Mut !     1:21
24. Der Leiermann     3:31

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