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Winterreise

Jan van Elsacker / Tom Beghin

Winterreise

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Evil Penguin
UPC: 0608917720228
Catnr: EPRC 0016
Release date: 24 October 2014
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Label
Evil Penguin
UPC
0608917720228
Catalogue number
EPRC 0016
Release date
24 October 2014

""...narrative qualities of the singer..." Music 2 out of 5 stars Sound 4 out of 5 stars"

Fono Forum, 27-4-2015
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About the album

Schubert’s Winterreise may be the most recorded cycle in the lied catalogue, but historically informed interpretations continue to be rare. The present CD demonstrates why it pays off to have a background in baroque singing and historical keyboard performance. The confrontation of Jan van Elsacker’s restrained sense of drama and storytelling, and the colour and intimacy of Tom Beghin’s pianoforte (Haffner, ca. 1830) spawn an unusual elaborate miniature painting in which the protagonist’s wintry journey slowly transcends into a metaphysical exploration of leaving, loneliness, longing, and eventually loss. This Winterreise may be low on surface circus, but it is relentlessly intense and unbearably tragic to its core.

Hoewel Schuberts Winterreise één van de meest opgenomen cycli uit het liedrepertoire is, blijven historisch geïnformeerde uitvoeringen zeldzaam. Deze opname bewijst waarom het loont om een achtergrond in barokzang en historisch-klavierspel te hebben. Jan van Elsackers gedoseerde gevoel voor drama en verhaal en de kleurenrijkdom van Tom Beghins pianoforte (Haffner, ca. 1830) roepen een ongewoon gedetailleerd miniatuurschilderij op, waarin de winterse reis van de protagonist langzaam verandert in een metafysische exploratie van afscheid, eenzaamheid, verlangen en tenslotte verlies. Deze Winterreise mag arm zijn aan oppervlaktecircus, maar van binnen is hij genadeloos intens en ondraaglijk tragisch.
Schuberts Winterreise wird wohl von allen Liedzyklen am häufigsten aufgenommen, doch historisch informierte Interpretationen sind noch immer eine Seltenheit. Diese CD zeigt, warum es sich lohnt, eine Basis in Barockgesang und Spiel historischer Tasteninstrumente zu haben: Die Konfrontation von van Elsackers zurückhaltendem Sinn für das Erzählerische und der Farbe und Intimität von Beghins Pianoforte bringen ein ungewöhnliches, feinsinniges Gemälde hevor, eine Miniatur der winterlichen Reise des Protagonisten, die sich langsam in eine metaphysische Erkundung von Verlassen, Einsamkeit, Sehnsucht und schließlich Verlust wird.

Diese Winterreise mag nach außen noch so unauffällig sein, doch sie ist schonungslos ergreifend und unerträglich tragisch bis ins Innerste.

Artist(s)

Tom Beghin (piano)

The Belgian-Canadian pianist Tom Beghin combines a career as a performer with that of a researcher and teacher. His expertise concerns historically informed performance on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century keyboards. His published work spans various media, from commercially released CDs to academic essays and books. Most recently, he has studied the significance of Beethoven’s 1803 Erard piano. Beethoven’s other “foreign” piano, a replica of his 1817 Broadwood, was featured on Inside the Hearing Machine, a multimedia project that aims to understand the connection of the composer’s deafness with his late piano music. His mon- ograph The Virtual Haydn: Paradox of a Twenty-First-Century Keyboardist (University of Chicago Press, 2015) followed his monumental recording of the complete solo Haydn keyboard works (Naxos 2009/2011). With classicist Sander Goldberg...
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The Belgian-Canadian pianist Tom Beghin combines a career as a performer with that of a researcher and teacher. His expertise concerns historically informed performance on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century keyboards. His published work spans various media, from commercially released CDs to academic essays and books.

Most recently, he has studied the significance of Beethoven’s 1803 Erard piano. Beethoven’s other “foreign” piano, a replica of his 1817 Broadwood, was featured on Inside the Hearing Machine, a multimedia project that aims to understand the connection of the composer’s deafness with his late piano music. His mon- ograph The Virtual Haydn: Paradox of a Twenty-First-Century Keyboardist (University of Chicago Press, 2015) followed his monumental recording of the complete solo Haydn keyboard works (Naxos 2009/2011). With classicist Sander Goldberg he co-edited Haydn and the Performance of Rhetoric, winner of the 2009 American Musicological Society Ruth A. Solie Award.

Alumnus of the HIP-doctoral program at Cornell University (where he studied with Malcolm Bilson and James Webster), Prof. Beghin taught at UCLA (1997–2003) and McGill University (2003–18). He was William J. Bouwsma Fellow at the American National Humanities Center (2002–3), has served on the board of directors of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Instruments, is Mitglied of the Haydn Institut (Cologne), and member of CIRMMT (Centre of Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, Montreal). He also serves on the Associated Faculty of the Arts of the University of Leuven.

Since 2015, Tom Beghin has been Senior Researcher and Principal Investigator at the Orpheus Institute for Advanced Studies & Research in Music, in Ghent, Belgium. His research cluster, Declassifying the Classics, focuses on the intersections of tech- nology, rhetoric, and performance. The cluster has a partnership with the Early Keyboard Workshop of Pianos Maene (Ruiselede, Belgium).


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Composer(s)

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert already died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Appreciation of his music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the...
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Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert already died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Appreciation of his music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the most frequently performed composers of the early nineteenth century.
It was in the genre of the Lied that Schubert made his most indelible mark. Prior to Schubert's influence, Lieder tended toward a strophic, syllabic treatment of text, evoking the folksong qualities engendered by the stirrings of Romantic nationalism. Schubert expanded the potentialities of the genre like no other composer before.

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"...narrative qualities of the singer..." Music 2 out of 5 stars Sound 4 out of 5 stars
Fono Forum, 27-4-2015

"It's not the most beautifull version, but defenitly the most exciting."
Luister, 01-3-2015

"At the fortepiano, Tom Beghin achieves to give a new substance to the instrumental part of Schubert’s song cycle." 
Pizzicato, 21-2-2015

"In recent weeks got one new recording of the winterreise a lot of positive attention, and that was that of the tenor Jan van Elsacker and his supervisor Tom Beghin."
Trouw, 13-2-2015

These two musicians have something to say, and they say it in such a fascinating way that it is hard for the listener to get away from this recording.
SWR - Treffpunkt Klassik, 30-1-2015

Plaatpaal Radio 4
Plaatpaal Radio 4, 05-1-2015

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01.
Erste Abteilung: Gute Nacht
04:42
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
02.
Erste Abteilung: Die Wetterfahne
01:44
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
03.
Erste Abteilung: Gefrorne Tränen
02:14
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
04.
Erste Abteilung: Erstarrung
02:40
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
05.
Erste Abteilung: Der Lindenbaum
04:42
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
06.
Erste Abteilung: Wasserflut
04:14
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
07.
Erste Abteilung: Auf dem Flusse
02:59
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
08.
Erste Abteilung: Rückblick
02:13
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
09.
Erste Abteilung: Irrlicht
03:08
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
10.
Erste Abteilung: Rast
03:42
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
11.
Erste Abteilung: Frühlingstraum
03:28
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
12.
Erste Abteilung: Einsamkeit
02:46
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
13.
Zweite Abteilung: Die Post
02:28
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
14.
Zweite Abteilung: Der greise Kopf
03:04
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
15.
Zweite Abteilung: Die Krähe
01:38
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
16.
Zweite Abteilung: Letzte Hoffnung
02:07
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
17.
Zweite Abteilung: Im Dorfe
03:40
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
18.
Zweite Abteilung: Der stürmische Morgen
00:57
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
19.
Zweite Abteilung: Täuschung
01:29
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
20.
Zweite Abteilung: Der Wegweiser
04:16
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
21.
Zweite Abteilung: Das Wirtshaus
03:38
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
22.
Zweite Abteilung: Mut
01:32
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
23.
Zweite Abteilung: Die Nebensonnen
02:30
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
24.
Zweite Abteilung: Der Leiermann
04:23
(Franz Schubert) Jan Van Elsacker, Tom Beghin
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