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
Total time: 01:16:13
|Analog to Digital Converters||
Hapi, Merging Technologies and Anubis,, Merging Technologies with Grimm Audio CC2 master clock at DSD 256
Furutech custom microphone, loudspeaker & power cables and interlinks and Grimm Audio TPR8 breakout cables
Brendon Heinst & Antal van Nie (Assistant Mastering Engineer)
DPA d:dicate 4041-SP, DPA d:dicate 4006A, Ehrlund EHR-M
KEF Blade Two and KEF LS50 Meta loudspeakers, Hegel H30 and Hegel C55 amplifiers
|Original Recording Format|
Brendon Heinst & Bart Koop (Assistant Recording Engineer
Westvest Church in Schiedam, Netherlands on September 13-18, 2021
JCAT Optimo 3 Duo, JCAT M12 Switch Gold, JCAT NET Card XE, Computer Audio Design GC3, Furutech NCF Boosters
|Release Date||January 28, 2022|
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.
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.
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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