Schubert: Winterreise

Schubert: Winterreise

Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

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Tracklist

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 1, Gute Nacht

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    5:46

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 2, Die Wetterfahne

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    1:39

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 3, Gefrorne Tränen

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    2:28

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 4, Erstarrung

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    3:09

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 5, Der Lindenbaum

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    4:46

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 6, Wasserflut

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    3:28

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 7, Auf dem Flusse

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    3:27

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 8, Rückblick

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    2:12

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 9, Irrlicht

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    2:40

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 10, Rast

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    3:48

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 11, Frühlingstraum

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    3:53

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 12, Einsamkeit

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    2:45

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 13, Die Post

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    2:08

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 14, Der greise Kopf

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    3:12

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 15, Die Krähe

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    1:42

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 16, Letzte Hoffnung

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    2:03

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 17, Im Dorfe

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    3:12

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 18, Der stürmische Morgen

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    0:45

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 19, Täuschung

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    1:29

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 20, Der Wegweiser

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    4:00

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 21, Das Wirtshaus

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    4:02

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 22, Mut

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    1:16

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 23, Die Nebensonnen

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    2:53

  • Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 24, Der Leiermann

    Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    3:28

  • Total playing time

    1:10:23

Album review

“Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is far from the first female singer to undertake Schubert's song cycle Die Winterreise, D. 911. Although the traveling figure in Wilhelm Müller's texts is definitely male, what strikes one in listening to an unorthodox interpretation like this one, is how little the gender is mentioned; it is the emotions that count. Thus, the issue has simply been left unaddressed, or the figure is sometimes said to be of indeterminate gender, and things work well enough. DiDonato's reading, though, recorded live at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium in 2019 (the space is too large for this work, and there was some coughing), is something else again, something more radical. DiDonato imagines the woman to whom the poems were addressed, having received them in the mail in the form of a journal. In person, this could be shown clearly; a supertitle announced: "I received his journal in the post," and the songs were presented as DiDonato pretended to read them. On a recording, this apparatus is lost, and the listener has to rely on a booklet note that, in the case of online hearings, must be searched for, and it may work for some and not for others. Yet DiDonato is a skillful singer who, at times, manages to inject the reactions of the woman, who is also in love, into the songs. Listen to Auf dem Flusse, which could in her reading be about either person. More generally, she adopts a dramatic, Italianate sound that diverges from the usual quiet gloom with which the cycle is sung, and this also distances the listener from the original concept. The accompaniment from Yannick Nézet-Séguin matches this well. Almost anything DiDonato does is worth hearing, and this release may go down as one of her bolder and most characteristic experiments.”

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    Released

    2021

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