Aurora presents Hans Zender’s extraordinary ‘composed interpretation’ of Winterreise – a stunning adaptation of Schubert’s song-cycle in which the original piano accompaniment is replaced by a virtuosic chamber orchestra. Based on poems by Wilhelm Müller, Schubert’s wanderer embarks upon a ‘winter journey’ of unrequited love, sung here by one of the outstanding singers of his generation, tenor Allan Clayton.
Zender burst[s] into the sanctum sanctorum of the Lieder repertoire to make a ‘creative transformation’ which, never merely illustrative, never gimmicky, begins to germinate the seeds of musical expressionism which lie only just under the cycle’s icy surface. A revelation when it was first performed at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall… this reinvention not only offers disturbing and reinvigorating insights into Schubert’s work, but is a deeply serious and virtuoso work of the creative imagination in its own right. (Hilary Finch, BBC Music Magazine, 2012)
Schubert (arr. Hans Zender) Winterreise
Allan Clayton tenor
Nicholas Collon conductor
Dur: c. 90 mins, no interval
Supported by Christoph & Marion Trestler