Schubert Winterreise D. 911

Paolo Giacometti, Thomas Oliemans

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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

Tracklist

1.
Gute Nacht
05:22
2.
Die Wetterfahne
01:50
3.
Gefrorne Tranen
02:26
4.
Erstarrung
02:46
5.
Der Lindenbaum
04:19
6.
Wasserflut
04:09
7.
Auf dem Flusse
03:32
8.
Ruckblick
02:07
9.
Irrlicht
02:40
10.
Rast
03:05
11.
Fruhlingstraum
04:04
12.
Einsamkeit
03:08
13.
Die Post
02:17
14.
Der greise Kopf
02:56
15.
Die Krahe
02:07
16.
Letzte Hoffnung
02:25
17.
Im Dorfe
03:17
18.
Der sturmische Morgen
00:51
19.
Tauschung
01:32
20.
Der Wegweiser
03:24
21.
Das Wirtshaus
04:19
22.
Mut
01:24
23.
Die Nebensonnen
02:41
24.
Der Leiermann
03:32

Total time: 01:10:13

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Editing Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

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Original Recording Format

Cables

Van den Hul

Digital Converters

Horus, Merging Technologies

Composers

Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks

Mixing Board

Rens Heijnis, custom design

Notes

DSD 512 Stereo files created by Tom Caulfield at the NativeDSD Mastering Lab using Jussi Laako's latest EC modulators from Signalyst

Producer

Jared Sacks

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 256

Speakers

LS1 Grimm Audio

SKU

42119

Release Date September 9, 2019
SKU 42119

Press reviews

MusicWeb International

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

Gramophone – Collector

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

Klassik.com

(…) 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. (…)

Gramophone

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. (…)

Pizzicato

(…) 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. (…)

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