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Documentary – Winterreise Franz Schubert – Jan Van Elsacker, tenor -Tom Beghin, fortepiano

Schubert’s Winterreise is the most recorded cycle in the lied catalogue, but historically informed interpretations are comparatively rare. The present CD demonstrates why it pays off to have a background in baroque singing and historical keyboard research and performance. The confrontation of Jan van Elsacker’s restrained sense of drama and story-telling, and the colour and intimacy of Tom Beghin’s fortepiano spawns a Flemish miniature painting in which the protagonist’s journey transcends into a metaphysical exploration of leaving, loneliness, longing, and eventually loss. This Winterreise may be low on surface theatrics, but it is unbearably tragic to the core.