Franz Schubert


Jan van Elsacker / Tom Beghin

Label: Evil Penguin
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917720228
Catalog number: EPRC 0016
Releasedate: 24-10-14
  • Historically informed interpretation
  • Jan van Elsacker has a background in baroque singing
  • Tom Beghin plays a Haffner pianoforte (c.a. 1830)
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.