Well I got the above monitored recording last night and I am spinning it all day. What the hell of fantastic interpretation – talking about the cotemporary touch!!! It is true painfully smart – nothing short of extraordinary in my view.
I am well accustomed to good Winterreise cycles. The estimable Fischer-Dieskau, particularly in his earlier years was very good. The war recording of Hans Hotter were on the very top of my list for a long time, those Hotters the cording from 50s were phenomenal also. The Schwarkopf with Edwin Fischer on piano perhaps did the best for female. I was always expecting that some kind of heavy contralto singer would do the Winterreise…
And here is Hans Zender come up with his orchestrated version. I did not know Hans Zender before:
The recording I got is Hans Zender himself conducts “Ensemble Modern” that is a small band of sub 20 musicians with semi-odd instruments and the CD suggests that it was the “premier recording”…
The Zender’sWinterreise sets completely different feeling then the piano version. Beside the brilliant Schubert's “stricture” it has that “instrumentals smartness” that you might fine in I would say Stravinsky’s “L'Histoire du Soldat”. All together is work superbly interesting… Bravo Mr. Zender!The caT
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