On Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 1:45:03 PM UTC-5, Frank Lekens wrote:
> Oscar schreef op 15-12-2015 17:47:
> > On Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 8:37:49 AM UTC-8, Andy Evans wrote:
> >> Mid December as I write, seems the right time to think about Winterreise. Also no recent threads on this.
> >> What are your favourite versions?
> > Don't buy Wolfgang Holzmair with Imogen Cooper on Philips. The velvety high baritone is too smooth and his identification with the text is not impactful. It's all surface. Nice voice, but... Cooper is better. Goerne's second recording with Eschenbach on harmonia mundi, from 2014, is more to my liking.
> > Also, buy Ian Bostridge's 2015 book, Anatomy of an Obsession, and read it: http://tinyurl.com/j4ctbxq
> > Philips 446 407-2 ℗ © 1996.
> > DDD.
> > Recorded in the Großer Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg, November 1994.
> > Artist & repertoire production: Brigitte Stockmann.
> > Recording producer, balance engineer: Volker Straus.
> > Recording engineer: Cees Heijkoop.
> > Tape editor: Evert Manning.
> > Booklet note: Peter Branscombe.
> > Photo: Stefan Fiedler.
> > Art direction: George Cramer.
> > Total playing-time: 1.09'55".
> I like Holzmair more than Oscar does. Certainly when listening to one of
> his Dichterliebes a while ago I was reminded how much I like his
> singing: I really like his voice (maybe that's also personal, the
> quality of a voice appealing more to some than to others?) *and* his
> interpretations (which may sometimes sound fussy to some). I don't play
> his recordings often enough.
> But then there are so many. And it's true that in the Winterreise, he
> wouldn't be my absolute top candidate. As wouldn't Souzay, for instance,
> however much I like his singing.
> Goerne is good; I haven't extensively compared his three versions, but I
> suspect his last may be the most interesting. (But the first with
> Johnson was good too.)
> But my top recommendations would go to Pregardien/Staier, any of the
> Quasthof recordings (with Spencer or with Barenboim, or the bootleg of
> the live broadcast with Pires that is afloat on the internet, but
> obviously has limited sound quality), and especially one I most recently
> was totally bowled over by: the Boesch/Martineau recording. Boesch is
> really terrific (also live, when I heard him in the Müllerin).
> And I definitely wouldn't want to be without Christine Schäfer and
> Brigitte Fassbaender either.
> Werner Güra has a nice recording (beautiful voice), Roman Trekel's isn't
> bad (the first one on Naxos; I haven't heard his remake on Oehms yet).
> Dermota, Kurt Equiluz are recordings I definitely hold on to. Sometimes
> I like to listen to Peter Anders, for a different, more operatic (it
> sounds to me) approach. Von Elsacker and Beghin have an interesting new
> recording. It seems Von Elsacker's singing isn't to everyone's taste,
> but Beghin's playing is definitely remarkable. And Harvey/Cooper, probably.
> A couple that are on my "yet to explore list" waiting beside the cd
> player (next to Trekel's Oehms remake): Bauer & Mauser, and Zeger
> Vandersteene & Levente Kende.
> Oh, let's not act as though Fischer-Dieskau doesn't exist. I made my
> acquaintance with the Winterreise through his DG recording with Moore,
> which still has a special place for me. Although now I'd probably sooner
> put the one with Demus in the cd player. And one of his early mono
> efforts once in a while. I steer clear of any of his Winterreise's after
> the one with Moore on DG (e.g. Barenboim, but especially the ones with
> Brendel and Perahia).
> Frank Lekens
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