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Britten: Schubert: Britten Sechs Holderlin-Fragmente

Magazine article Gramophone

Britten: Schubert: Britten Sechs Holderlin-Fragmente

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Britten * Schubert

Britten Sechs Holderlin-Fragmente, Op 61. Oft in the stilly night. The Minstrel Boy. At the mid hour of night. Rich and rare. The last rose of summer Schubert O Quell, was stromst du rasch und wild, D874. Im Fruhling, D882. Im Freien, D880. Der Wanderer an den Mond, D870. Standchen. D889. An Silvia, D891. Trinklied, D888

Robin Tritschler ten lain Burnside pf Wigmore Hall Live (M) WHLIVE0071 (47' * DDD) Recorded live, January 11, 2014

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Wigmore Hall Live and the label has plenty to celebrate. Its latest disc, from tenor Robin Tritschler and pianist Iain Burnside, shows just what and why.

The recording quality is superb--vivid and immediate, with all the Wigmore Hall's distinctive intimacy. Burnside's piano accompaniments glow with colour, a natural foil to the narrower, precise palette of Tritschler, a BBC New Generation Artist 2012-14.

A classic pairing of Britten and Schubert is less a portrait than a snapshot of two artists at contrasting moments in their careers; Schubert's 1826 (penurious, productive) is set against Britten's 1958 (successful, modest output), offering Tritschler the opportunity to perform some of the earlier composer's best-known songs and some of the latter's least. …

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