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Majewska, Barbara Kinga  / Emilia Sitarz: play Franz Schubert Winterreise (Bolt)

Barbara Kinga Majewska and Emilia Sitarz interpret Franz Schubert's "Winterreise" (Winter Journey), a song cycle of 24 poems by Wilhelm Muller, exposing new tensions and interrelations existing in Schubert's cycle in unexpected and unusual ways.

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Label: Bolt
Catalog ID: BR POP14
Squidco Product Code: 21858

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at the artists at their homes in 2015.


Barbara Kinga Majewska-voice

Emilia Sitarz-piano

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track listing:

1. Gute Nacht 0:33

2. Die Wetterfahne 1:25

3. Gefrorne Tranen 3:36

4. Erstarrung 3:23

5. Der Lindenbaum 2:26

6. Die Post 2:22

7. Auf dem Flusse 0:05

8. Ruckblick 0:29

9. Irrlicht 1:37

10. Der Greise Kopf 2:41

11. Wasserflut 8:18

12. Die Krahe 3:19

13. Letzte Hoffnung 3:06

14. Im Dorfe 2:33

15. Der Sturmische Morgen 0:22

16. Tauschung 1:16

17. Mut 1:17

18. Rast 3:33

19. Fruhglinstraum 0:14

20. Einsamkeit 1:03

21. Der Wegweiser 3:31

22. Das Wirsthaus 0:29

23. Die Nebensonnen 2:24

24. Der Leiermann 11:14
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"Legendary music cycle of Franz Schubert accompanies the poems of Wilhelm Müller and is today more than a classic, it is a must in virtually all and any music canon, a model of romantic songbook about misery, love and solitude and last but not least – a 19th Century equivalent of a pop album mirroring emotional lives of generations to follow after its completion in 1828. Musicians' encounters with Schubert are rarely coincidences, especially in case of "Winterreise". Regardless of approach, methodology in developing the interpretation, performance's concepts and techniques, facing the cycle is always a challange. It is due to the scale of the piece, varied and settled performance traditions, canonic value and more than often inconspicious refinment of the music which all together require musician to engage deeply and responsibly. It always means something when somebody takes on Schubert."

"Interpratations of Barbara Kinga Majewska and Emilia Sitarz are crazy, funny, touching, sad, passionate, icy, irreverent, charming, sharp, ironic, tender, sweet, sensual, repulsive, ostensibly true and movingly artificial. Most of all however, they are a consistent, unhesitating and precise story of high integrity, not easy to forsee though, even for Winterreise's experts. The story is a far reaching interpretation of Schubert and Muller, bold and consequent, not stopping half way, not sucking up to the history of great performances of the piece. Quite the contrary, it is an undogmatic exegesis, open and idiosyncratic, the one that only the two artists in team with the producer, Michal Libera could create, an interpretation displaying new tensions and new interrelations existing in Schubert's cycle. At the same time, it is a work of great admiration and respect, more than often characterized by prudish perfections and surprising faithfulness to the romantic original."-Michal Libera

"Winterreise (Winter Journey) is a song cycle for voice and piano by Franz Schubert (D. 911, published as Op. 89 in 1828), a setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller. It is the second of Schubert's two great song cycles on Müller's poems, the earlier being Die schöne Müllerin (D. 795, Op. 25, 1823). Both were originally written for tenor voice but are frequently transposed to suit other vocal ranges - the precedent being established by Schubert himself. These two works have posed interpretative demands on listeners and performers due to their scale and structural coherence. Although Ludwig van Beethoven's cycle An die ferne Geliebte (To the Distant Beloved) had been published earlier, in 1816, Schubert's two cycles hold the foremost place in the history of the genre."-Wikipedia

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