Winterreise, D. 911
Editors’ Notes After nine years, tenor Mark Padmore returns to Schubert’s great song cycle. This time, he’s in the company of Kristian Bezuidenhout, who plays a Graf fortepiano from the time of composition. Padmore has lived long with this masterpiece and sings it with a psychological insight that will make the listeners feel as if they are joining him on the journey. The voice, sweet and light at the start, darkens to express the inner drama of this powerful narrative. Bezuidenhout plays his instrument with exquisite musicality and a palpable sense of being a fellow traveler. An overwhelmingly powerful experience.