Schubert: Winterreise (Winter Journey)

Daan Boertien, Michael Wilmering

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Of all the classical song cycles, Schubert’s ‘Winterreise’ is perhaps the most beloved. Baritone Michael Wilmering and pianist Daan Boertien give a new, deeply emotional charge to the music. In these uncertain times, the music seems to be a compass for a future whose contours are not yet entirely clear.

Adversities are there to be overcome and in this new TRPTK release, we hear two young talents give a contemporary vision of this timeless music. A refreshing interpretation that, perhaps more than many others, directly touches the listener and takes him or her by surprise.

Michael Wilmering, Baritone
Daan Boertien, Piano

Tracklist

1.
Winterreise, D. 911: I. Gute Nacht
06:10
2.
Winterreise, D. 911: II. Die Wetterfahne
01:51
3.
Winterreise, D. 911: III. Gefrorne Tränen
02:29
4.
Winterreise, D. 911: IV. Erstarrung
03:05
5.
Winterreise, D. 911: V. Der Lindenbaum
04:56
6.
Winterreise, D. 911: VI. Wasserflut
04:29
7.
Winterreise, D. 911: VII. Auf dem Flusse
03:32
8.
Winterreise, D. 911: VIII. Rückblick
02:27
9.
Winterreise, D. 911: IX. Irrlicht
02:50
10.
Winterreise, D. 911: X. Rast
03:48
11.
Winterreise, D. 911: XI. Frühlingstraum
04:29
12.
Winterreise, D. 911: XII. Einsamkeit
02:56
13.
Winterreise, D. 911: XIII. Die Post
02:16
14.
Winterreise, D. 911: XIV. Der greise Kopf
03:02
15.
Winterreise, D. 911: XV. Die Krähe
02:16
16.
Winterreise, D. 911: XVI. Letzte Hoffnung
02:15
17.
Winterreise, D. 911: XVII. Im Dorfe
02:53
18.
Winterreise, D. 911: XVIII. Der stürmische Morgen
01:00
19.
Winterreise, D. 911: XIX. Täuschung
01:26
20.
Winterreise, D. 911: XX. Der Wegweiser
04:46
21.
Winterreise, D. 911: XXI. Das Wirtshaus
04:32
22.
Winterreise, D. 911: XXII. Mut!
01:31
23.
Winterreise, D. 911: XXIII. Die Nebensonnen
03:11
24.
Winterreise, D. 911: XXIV. Der Leiermann
04:03

Total time: 01:16:13

Additional information

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SKU

TTK0078

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Analog to Digital Converters

Hapi, Merging Technologies and Anubis,, Merging Technologies with Grimm Audio CC2 master clock at DSD 256

Cables

Furutech custom microphone, loudspeaker & power cables and interlinks and Grimm Audio TPR8 breakout cables

Executive Producer

Brendon Heinst

Language Coach

Miriam Kaltenbrunner

Mastering Engineers

Brendon Heinst & Antal van Nie (Assistant Mastering Engineer)

Microphone Preamplifiers

Millennia HV-3D-8

Microphones

DPA d:dicate 4041-SP, DPA d:dicate 4006A, Ehrlund EHR-M

Monitoring

KEF Blade Two and KEF LS50 Meta loudspeakers, Hegel H30 and Hegel C55 amplifiers

Original Recording Format

Piano Technician

Charles Rademaker

Recording Engineers

Brendon Heinst & Bart Koop (Assistant Recording Engineer

Recording Location

Westvest Church in Schiedam, Netherlands on September 13-18, 2021

Tuning

JCAT Optimo 3 Duo, JCAT M12 Switch Gold, JCAT NET Card XE, Computer Audio Design GC3, Furutech NCF Boosters

Release Date January 28, 2022

Press reviews

MusicWeb International

Wilmering’s singing of the final verse is something very special. Not many performances make me want to start all over again but this is one of them. Returning to Gute Nacht, the phrase “in my beginning is my end” takes on a peculiarly appropriateness. The great song cycle has always been about mortality and this, it seems to me, is a great performance of it.

Positive Feedback 5 out of 5

Wilmering’s very clear, transparent and highly flexible baritone voice is a delight to hear. He can be delicate, yearning, quietly pleading, then transition to huge power and impact.

Het Parool

Thanks to the involuntary concert break that had caused the pandemic, baritone Michael Wilmering and his pianist Daan Boertien had a lot of time to study Winterreise in depth. During that period, Boertien even attended a master class with Alfred Brendel.

The result is impressive, not least because TRPTK has managed to capture the piano and the voice beautifully.

In his interpretation Wilmering emphasizes the richly present dark sides in the cycle, which is expressed in, among other things, thoughtful tempi that allow the baritone to let his beautiful voice blossom. The duo have audibly thought about every phrase and note.

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