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Schubert: Winterreise

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Originally recorded in 2012


Alice Coote


Julius Drake



Wigmore Hall, London

(Live recording)


Jeremy Hayes


Stephen Portnoi

Record Label
Wigmore Hall



Vocal & Song

Total Time - 77:25
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1 Gute Nacht 5:15
2 Die Wetterfahne 1:51
3 Gefrorne Tranen 2:23
4 Erstarrung 2:56
5 Der Lindenbaum 5:20
6 Wasserflut 4:12
7 Auf dem Flusse 3:55
8 Ruckblick 2:19
9 Irrlicht 2:41
10 Rast 3:39
11 Fruhlingstraum 4:40
12 Einsamkeit 3:05
13 Die Post 2:15
14 Der greise Kopf 3:25
15 Die Krahe 1:55
16 Letzte Hoffnung 2:20
17 Im Dorfe 3:42
18 Der sturmische Morgen 0:48
19 Tauschung 1:17
20 Der Wegweiser 4:51
21 Das Wirtshaus 4:45
22 Mut! 1:20
23 Die Nebensonnen 3:25
24 Der Leiermann 5:06
 Alice Coote mezzo-soprano
 Julius Drake piano
  26 and 28 January 2012  

British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote is acclaimed around the world for her commanding performances in opera, concert and recital, in repertoire spanning from the Baroque to contemporary music. A regular favourite at Wigmore Hall, she returned with Julius Drake in January 2012 to record Schubert’s Winterreise.
Traditionally performed by a male singer, this song cycle is celebrated internationally at the pinnacle of the German Lieder tradition. Offering fresh insight, and a unique perspective on the poetry, Coote unravelled this story with raw vulnerability as her heartfelt portrayal of emotional turmoil and destruction proved spectacularly engaging. With pianist Julius Drake expertly setting the tone from the outset, Coote took a kaleidoscope look at love, as she wholeheartedly plunged herself in the devastating story. At times emotionally overwhelming, her subtlety of expression unreservedly expressed a harrowing sense of rejection and loneliness.
Truly taking the listener on a journey through the 24 poems, this landmark recording promises to be a must-have for any lover of song.

                    ****  -  (Excellent Disc)

Roberto Brusotti - Musica magazine - September 2013

"...In Coote, Schubert’s great and harrowing work finds yet another distinctive interpreter. Her velvety, contralto-ish voice is laced with mournful sweetness, and she takes a refreshingly simple, naturalistic approach: there’s no micromanaging of phrases or belaboured angst, just a subtle dissection of a disintegrating soul, whose occasional outpourings – the tempestuous Der stürmische Morgen, for instance, or the tearful urgency of Erstarrung – are made all the more potent by the slow burn which precedes them...  Julius Drake’s masterful playing makes its mark from the outset, matching both the restraint and gathering darkness of Coote’s Gute Nacht, and the pair continues in touching sympathy; Drake’s touch is forthright but never heavy- handed, and he deftly weaves each song’s intricacies into the cycle’s desolate sweep. Audience noise is limited to a richly deserved ovation – and only after Der Leiermann has been allowed to dissolve achingly into silence."  ****½
Sarah Noble - - 3 July 2013

"...These two fine artists’ profoundly-considered account of this great cycle ends, inevitably, in silence; how unfortunate, then, that an extended bout of rapturous applause has also been captured in all its mood-shattering glory. The release’s only significant misjudgement it may be, but it’s a bad one. The recording is excellent ..."
Mark Valencia - - 10 May 2013

"... In contrast to the recent recordings by Christopher Maltman and Florian Boesch, this is not a study of mental disintegration, but a painstaking examination of grief that eventually subsides into exhausted resignation. Coote’s pianist is Julius Drake, admirably pointillist and comfortless... it’s a formidable experience ..."  ****
Tim Ashley - The Guardian - 11 April 2013

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