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SCHUBERT. Winterreise. Padmore/Lewis


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 8 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: harmonia mundi
  • ASIN: B002DMIIU2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,111 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tenor Mark Padmore and pianist Paul Lewis perform one of the greatest song-cycles ever.
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Composé en 1827, le Voyage d'hiver fut créé dans le cadre du cercle privé de Schubert. S'il reçut alors un accueil mitigé, il s'est imposé depuis parmi les plus grands cycles de lieder. C'est dans ses tonalités d'origine que Mark Padmore et Paul Lewis ont choisi d'interpréter ce chef-d'oeuvre, premier volet d'un triptyque schubertien prometteur.

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By T. Ferguson on Jan. 5 2010
Format: Audio CD
The catalogue has several excellent experiences for those who open their minds and hearts to Schubert's Winterreise. Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis, first-class Schubertarians each in their own right, here provide skilled and subtle experiences. Each piece is masterfully characterised yet fits into the overall experience in a way like few others. No, memories of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Gerald Moore are not erased. Their's is also accomplised and rewards the listener. Go ahead. You deserve both!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Consistently beautiful and sensitive -- but Winterreise asks for more Dec 10 2009
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although a reviewer below declares that Mark Padmore is the best contemporary tenor for lieder singing, his reputation stands far below his fellow Englishman's, Ian Bostridge. Both have that piping, heady timbre that is beloved in the British Isles, a grown-up version of the choir boy. I barely endure such a voice, to be frank, and therefore Padmore is barely on my radar. But recent exposure to him as the Evangelist in Bach's St. John Passion made me sit up, and curiosity attracted me to this new Winterreise.

What does Padmore have going for him? First, a rising star at the piano. Paul Lewis is already renowned in Britain; he's cut from the same classical cloth as his mentor, Alfred Brendel, himself a noted lieder accompanist. Right off, one notices that Lewis is listening to his singer and making small expressive adjustments in phrasing. That's a big plus -- too many celebrity accompanists forge ahead without a flexible regard for the vocal line. As for Padmore himself, he's sensitive and musical. Schubert wrote Winterreise for a light tenor, yet over the years the tragic import of the cycle has drawn heavier voices to it. One must admit that when he sings loud or tries to be forceful, Padmore's vocal lightness lets him down. Soft and poignant is his natural domain, as another previous reviewer notes. Lewis remains too reticent, no doubt to be in harmony with Padmore. Winterreise asks for a passionate cry from the heart, and it's not quite there.

The same reviewer says, and I agree, that this Winterreise doesn't build; Padmore's style remains essentially the same from beginning to end. Bostridge outdoes him in variety and intensity of expression. For real dramatic impact, one must turn to tenors on the order of Peter Pears and Peter Schreier, or if you want a voice as light as Padmore's, the excellent German, Werner Gura. This CD was greeted like the second coming in Britain, but I'm by no means convinced.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Winterreise for some, but not for everyone Oct. 28 2009
By Bella - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although I very much admire Padmore in Baroque repertoire, his lieder rarely wholly involves me; I like the soft singing in this Winterreise, and Lewis's piano playing is wonderful, but I feel I am listening to fine songs sensitively, at times poignantly, performed, rather than compelled to participate in an increasingly bleak journey. Maybe I just prefer less art and more edge.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Padmore July 27 2011
By Sasha - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Oh God,Mark Padmore singing "Winterreise" ... what to do now?
One of my favorite classical singers recording a piece I always find difficult and gloomy - but critics had praised him to the skies so much that I got intrigued and searched for this with greatest interest. After all, even my Bible ("Gramophone") heralded this recording like second coming, no doubt pleased that their own british singer tackled german Lieder and survived without embarrassment.

So I went for it,bought it and was pleasantly surprised because Padmore has such nice voice that I could listen him singing anything,including my old Nemesis "Winterreise". Maybe its because I am already familiar with the piece (how much I tortured myself with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, I really suffered with that one) or because I personally find tenor voice in combination with piano irresistible, who knows? I actually dived into classical music through counter-tenors (Michael Chance was my first discovery) so probably I have this affinity for high male voice. Padmore's german is surprisingly good and he acts just the way it was supposed to be - "Winterreise" is a terribly depressing story with main character walking through the snow heartbroken, big drama, I could really slap him to his senses - and I have to mention very good piano playing by justly celebrated Paul Lewis whom I noticed through Beethoven recordings years ago,they are actually a duet more than anything else.

Than again,no matter how I look at this from left,right and bellow,its still "Winterreise" and therefore not something I put up to listen first thing in the morning. I get depressed just by thinking about it. And strange as it is, that old Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau actually sound somehow more real to me,I can't put my finger on it why is it so but maybe because I heard it first. However, Padmore and Lewis followed this with "Die Schöne Müllerin" and this time around critics were not so nice,in fact they got some strange reviews that really annoyed me (lots of nitpicking) saying that Padmore's voice aged - like its been a fifty years and not two between these recordings - and in the meantime I found wonderful singer by the name of James Gilchrist who also recorded "Die Schöne Müllerin" at the same time, his singing i enjoy so much that he will be my choice for that one.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A parody? July 24 2012
By J Pabst - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It is most unfortunate that Mr Padmore seems to have no grasp of the German language at all. His performance is an utter failure when it comes to pronunciation. If it weren't for the truly English shading of vowels, Mr Padmore's crude "ch" might pass for a laughable impression of a Swiss accent.
Why is it that English singers don't feel any embarrassment when in non-English repertoire you can hear their provenance a mile off? (Ian Bostridge would be another case in point.)
I haven't heard someone like Werner Güra perform Vaughan Williams, and I don't think he ever would, though I doubt he would do as bad a job as Mr Padmore, whose German-language counterpart would be a beautifully voiced Arnold Schwarzenegger singing Benjamin Britten.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, even when compared to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Oct. 17 2010
By Robert A. Grossman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
In addition to this recording I have two of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's recordings; the first with Gerald Moore accompanying Schubert:Winterreise D.911 and the third with Jörg Demus on the piano Schubert: Die Winterreise / Fischer-Dieskau. I don't think it's fair to compare these two singer as Padmore is a tenor while Diskau is a baritone.

I've just listened to them side by side and I find this recording to be absolutely delicious. Not better than Dieskau's but not dramatically worse as some reviewers might have you think.

I would say if you're only going to own one of Shubert's Winterreise then the first Fischer-Dieskau, with Gerald Moore offers a powerful portrayal from the great baritone. However, Padmore is a tenor par excellence and there's a sweetness to his rendition of this lieder that's delightful.

Buy this or any of the other two with confidence. They are all delightful in their own right.


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