Schubert Winterreise D. 911 (2019)


Thomas Oliemans, Paolo Giacometti

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On their second duo album, baritone Thomas Oliemans and pianist Paolo Giacometti record the most celebrated of all Lied repertoire: Franz Schubert's Winterreise.

"When I was a child, a number of volumes in my father’s bookcase, too thick and doubtlessly too difficult for me, already exercised an irresistible attraction. They cried out to me from the shelf: intriguing titles which promised a magic mountain, something about a hundred years, loneliness and searching for lost time. I started to read many of them too early, I got through some with goose flesh, while others forced me to throw in the towel in despair.

In music I had a predilection for heavy symphonies, huge gestures and extensive forms, and I hunted down repertoire and sound worlds that were new to me. (...) In my hunger to discover repertoire as yet unknown to me, one day I came across ‘Winterreise’ in the first volume of the Peters edition of Schubert songs. The title intrigued me straightaway, just as much as those books, but it seemed equally unapproachable. (...) As each year passes it has become a work to turn back to again, to measure myself against, to immerse myself in; what is more, as soon as thehurdy-gurdy man has turned his handle for the last time, it seems to invite me to open the score once more at page one and try yet again to conquer this magic mountain of the lied repertoire." (excerpts from liner notes)

Thomas Oliemans, Davos, 11 August 2019

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Thomas Oliemans

Born in Amsterdam, Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory, coached by Margreet Honig. He continued his studies with KS Robert Holl, Elio Battaglia and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Winner of the 2013 Prix d’Amis of the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam for his portrayal of Papageno in Simon McBurney’s production of Die Zauberflöte, he made his professional opera debut as the Father in Hans Werner Henze’s Pollicino with the Nationale Reisopera where he also sang Minos in Händel’s Arianna in Creta and Ned Keene in Britten’s Peter Grimes.
Most recent appearances include Il Conte di Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Göteborg Opera, Schaunard in La Bohème at the Dutch National Opera, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Donner in Das Rheingold at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Hercule in Gluck’s Alceste at Teatro Real in Madrid, Lescaut in Manon at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden singing Schaunard in La Bohème and Fritz Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nu?rnberg at the Dutch National Opera

Paolo Giacometti

Paolo Giacometti performs all over the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician, both on period and on modern instruments. He was born in Milan, Italy in 1970, but has been living in the Netherlands from his early childhood. He studied with Jan Wijn at the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam, where he graduated with the highest distinction. Also Gyorgy Sebök was an important source of inspiration and had a significant influence on his musical education. Paolo Giacometti has won many prizes at both national and international competitions. He has played with renowned orchestras under distinguished conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Kenneth Montgomery, Laurent Petitgirard, Michael Tilkin and Jaap van Zweden. Apart from his activities as a soloist, Paolo Giacometti’s love for chamber music has resulted in a successful co-operation with leading musicians such as Pieter Wispelwey, Gordon Nikolich, Alois Brandhofer, Janine Jansen, Bart Schneemann and Viktoria Mullova. Paolo Giacometti is a much sought-after musician at chamber music festivals in Europe, Canada and the United States. He has performed in concert halls all over the world including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Wigmore Hall (London), Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris) and Seoul Arts Centre (South Korea). Paolo Giacometti records exclusively for Channel Classics. His impressive discography has been widely acclaimed by the international press. His recordings include Rossini’s complete piano works, a remarkable project that started in 1998 and was completed in 2007. In Rossini’s homeland critics say: "... Rossini has finally found his pianist ...". For the third recording of this series Giacometti was distinguished with the Edison Classical Music Award 2001. His recording of Schumann’s Humoreske, Fantasiestücke and Toccata has received the BBC Music Magazine’s Benchmark and Performance of Outstanding Quality distinctions. His recording of the Dvorák and Schumann piano concertos have been acclaimed by Gramophone as "... one of the best concerto disks I have heard in a long while ...".  Among Paolo Giacometti’s chamber music recordings, a recording with works by Schubert with cellist Pieter Wispelwey has received the Choc du Monde de la Musique and Luister 10 awards, while another recording with works by Chopin, Fauré and Poulenc, also with Pieter Wispelwey, has been awarded the Diapason d’or.  Paolo Giacometti is also a dedicated piano professor at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule Düsseldorf.

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Schubert Winterreise D. 911 (2019)


Thomas Oliemans, Paolo Giacometti

    MusicWeb International

(…) A very touching, very involved reading with a warm heart.

Goran Forsling

    Gramophone - Collector

‘A striking Winterreisse from Thomas Oliemans and Paolo Giacometti benefits greatly from high resolution sound, all the way up to DSD512’

(…) Paolo Giacometti und Thomas Oliemans gelingt es, Schuberts 'Winterreise' trotz ihres hohen Bekanntheitsgrades eine neue, in faszinierenden Farben schillernde Interpretation zu geben, bei der der Spannungsbogen von Anfang bis Ende aufrechterhalten wird. (…)

Dr. Uta Swora


A striking Winterreisse from Thomas Oliemans and Paolo Giavcometti benefits greatly from high-resolution sound all the way up to DSD512

    Aangenaam Klassiek

(…) Meer levenservaring., een diepere stem, een rijker referentiekader. Een Schubert die diep onder de huid gaat zitten.

    Opus Klassiek

(…) het draait juist om een variatievorm die stoelt op de hermetiek, ofwel op het geheimzinnige, duistere, afgeslotene. Dat het vaak niet is wat het lijkt, dat er raadsels worden opgeworpen die niet worden opgelost, maar die, wonderlijk genoeg, de hechtheid van het muzikaal vormgegeven model geen moment in de weg staan. (…) Dat alles heeft - zo blijkt uit deze vertolking - Thomas Oliemans heel goed begrepen in deze tweede opnameEn opnieuw wordt onder de handen van Paolo Giacometti het begrip ‘begeleiding' tot een farce, want als hij de bariton niet op de voet volgt, dan bereidt hij diens discours volmaakt voor of zorgt voor wat alleen instrumentaal nog moet (niet kan) worden ‘gezegd'. Beiden hebben overtuigend gekozen voor een vloeiend betoog dat afrekent met wat zo onuitstaanbaar kan zijn: de veel te ver doorgedreven esthetical. (…)

Aart van der Wal


(…) Oliemans’ interpretation is mainly based on the colouring of the voice. His bright baritone voice is excellent, especially since he can use the head voice very effectively. Bright, tender tones full of despair are very often directly opposed to rough, almost hoarse sounds, which express bitterness, not to say disgust, because on his long journey the young man becomes more and more tired of himself. Lovely flashbacks are rare, but effective, because the hopelessness becomes even more gripping, all the more so as Paolo Giacometti has an important word to say at the piano. (…)

    Klassieke Zaken

(…) Een Schubert die diep onder de huid gaat zitten. (…)

Schubert Winterreise D. 911 (2019)


Thomas Oliemans, Paolo Giacometti

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